“Exuding originality…accessible…atmospheric” ★★★★ - Intermission
"Raise The Bar exemplifies how spoken word has no fixed style—from the conversational to the melodic, the comedic to the poignant." - Epigram
Topping off an incredible 2017, the acclaimed monthly spoken word event, Raise the Bar’s final event of the year features Palestinian poet and activist Rafeef Ziadah and current UK Slam Champion Toby Campion! Hosted by Craft-D and Connor Macleod.
With its regular monthly slot at Watershed, each Raise the Bar show promises to be a completely different and unique experience. There is also an open mic for any budding poets with just 8 spaces, first come first serve on the door.
Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian spoken word artist and human rights activist currently based in London. Her performance poetry gained great popularity for its passion, honesty and beautiful imagery, with her poem ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ viewed over one million times on YouTube. Her live readings offer a moving blend of poetry and music, and since releasing her first album Rafeef has headlined prestigious performance venues across several countries, with powerful readings on war, exile, gender and racism.
Toby Campion is an award winning British poet and playwright, born and raised in the Midlands. Toby is a UK National Poetry Slam Champion and a World Poetry Slam finalist. Recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award and First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Ann Duffy, Toby has performed his poetry on stages across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in countries around the world, including America, Italy, Spain, Albania and South Korea. His debut play, WRECK, won the Fifth Word Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2015.