First word about some events as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, 23rd October – 3rd November 2013, kindly sent to us by Pete Cox:
MJ Hyland will take part in a discussion of the borders between literary genres and whether publishers and writers have become more conservative about crossing those borders in recent years.
Another session which explores the borders between genres is a word-off between rappers and poets. Three rappers will compete with three poets to explore whether rappers or poets make the best lyricists. Mark Grist, famed winner of the Don’t Flop Rap battles, Stephen Morrison Burke, the current Birmingham Poet Laureate, and Hollie McNish, Glastonbury Festival Slam Winner and BBC Radio 4 regular will compete for the poets. For the rappers are hip hop - Skuff, this year's BBC Introducing 'Rapper of the Week', representing hip hop, Jimmy Danger, founder of record label audio Danger Records representing drum 'n bass, and grime fanatic Deanna Rodger, previous UK poetry slam champion.
Another event sees popular spoken word performer George the Poet give a performance of his work Malik at West Road Concert Hall. George, a Cambridge University student, is a spoken word performer, public speaker, writer and recording artist from North West London who offers social commentary through poetry.
More details at http://www.cam.ac.uk/