No, this is not some new blood-soaked reality TV series with literary greats giving each other paper cuts and Chinese burns (probably hosted by Richard Hammond. Or maybe Davina McCall…).

This is a kind of wordsmiths’ showcase that travels around the globe and pits some of the best contemporary writers against each other in head-to-head battles. They have seven minutes to perform their most exciting piece of work in any way they see fit. Judges then tear them to shreds, sorry, give considered and constructive criticism, and the last two standing go into the grand finale.

It’s a bit like a really big poetry slam, but with fewer rhyming couplets. 

It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the modern literary world without the risk of any stuffiness, and it’s a chance to get up close and personal with the up and coming generation of exciting new writers. And the eclectic range of topics is a real eye opener.

The next event is in Los Angeles and you can buy tickets or find out more at

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