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Hit the Ode is a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham.

In October, as part of Birmingham Literature Festival, this event is a showcase of work from the inaugural cohort of Hippodrome Young Poets, a community of some of Birmingham’s finest poets and spoken word artists.

Hippodrome Young Poets Bethany Slinn, George Reiner, Afrah Yafai, Danai ‘Dee’ Denga, Hannah Swingler, Nafeesa Hamid, Jack Crowe, Jessica Syposz, Shaun Hill, Adrian B Earle, Kibriya Mehrban, Eleanor Rushton, Amara Amaryah, Emma Thompson and Lerah Mae Barcenilla perform alongside renowned poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and award-winning performer Jasmine Gardosi.

Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion and Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist. A previous BBC Arts Young Creative and Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, her work has been featured across BBC radio, on Button Poetry and at Glastonbury Festival. Her debut pamphlet Hurtz was published in May by Verve Poetry Press.

Jacob Sam-La Rose is a poet, educator, editor and creative technologist. His collection ‘Breaking Silence’ is studied at A’ level. He has performed and facilitated programmes across Europe, the U.S., Southern Africa and Southeast Asia. He’d produced work on commission for the National Gallery, De Balie (Amsterdam), NitroBEAT and other institutions and cultural organisations. His poetry has been translated into Portuguese, Latvian, French and Dutch.

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£5 in advance, £8 on the door

Prices and discounts subject to change, postage from £1.50.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one interval

Age guidance



Patrick Studio

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11 Oct
7.45pm From: £5 Book Now
Discounts & Concessions

There are no concessions available for this performance.

Food & Drink

Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open all day for Quarter Horse barista coffee and a quick and tasty bite to eat.

Our Bars

You’ll receive a warm welcome at our Foyer Bars, conveniently positioned for both Stalls and Circle levels.


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