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Literary Death Match

  • Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road London, WC2H 0DT UK (map)

I am stupidly excited about this one. Here’s my chance to pit myself against three fellow writers in a no-holds-barred bare-knuckle grapple against the clock where only the strongest* can survive.

Literary Death Match, co-created by Adrian Todd Zuniga, marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare.

Each episode of this competitive, humour-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors (all representing a literary publication, press or concern — online, in print or live) who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, then select their favourite to advance to the finals.

Learn more about LDM here. And join us at Foyles on 23 June!

* As judged in terms of literary merit, performance and intangibles. Terms and conditions apply.


Earlier Event: 19 May
CrimeFest 2016
Later Event: 12 August
NineWorlds 2016