Literary Death Match. London.

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Literary Death Match, Opium magazine’s X-Factor-style Word-Off returned to the Old Queen’s Head last night in Islington, for its third UK poetic scrum down.

Brought to London and co-created by Opium magazine’s Brooklyn based founding editor, Todd Zuniga, Literary Death Match pits illustrious literary types against each other in a battle of wordy witticisms that would make Pam Ayers blush.

Hosted by the wiry enigma that is Todd Zuniga and London based writer Jean Hannah Edelstein, seasoned performers and emerging talent perform against each other and the clock to a lively audience and an even livelier judging panel; last night consisting of Observer Books Editor, William Skidelsky, Vivienne Westwood muse and novelist Sarah Stockbridge and the irrepressible Molly Parkin, who once famously banned from the BBC stole the show by asking, “Am I alright to swear? Or are you all just a bunch of f***ing c**ts?

The audience were treated to Faber’s John Grindrod, who recounted his coming out to his parents set to the back drop of eighties television series Heart to Heart. Then, the rib clutchingly random amusings of Penned in the Margins, Ross Sutherland, who shared his thoughts on getting ID’d at his local Essex ‘Spar’ when buying a can of super strength lager. He even managed to get a relatively well behaved mid week crowd involved in some audience participation, when he broke it down hip-hop style on da mic.

Opium magazine & Literary Death Match approaches literature in an unpretentious, accessible way. Championing spoken word as an unstoppable medium, reaching out to as many countries that will have them. If you missed the London and Oxford shows on 3rd & 4th November, fear not. Literary Death Match returns to our shores in February marking the 9th anniversary of Opium magazine. Meanwhile, follow their travels here:





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