Katrine Solvaag (Kent Uni Slam Team)
Winners of UKYA Prize at UniSlam 2018 representing the University of Kent. The team composes of Katrine Lynn Solvaag, Calum Collins. Steven Humber, Alice Gretton and Ameera-Aftabi Razak (aka. Malanghi Arts). With each their own quirky approach to performance poetry, heartfelt poems about loss and displacement to humorous pieces tackling first love, repetitive traits of spoken word poetry and an inability to grow a beard, together the team represents the best of the current Canterbury poetry scene.As we noted earlier our work spans the comedic to the tragic. Two of our performers are rooted in comedy, combining the absurd with the relatable. One performer struggles with the quest to grow a beard while another mocks the very form of slam poetry itself. We tackle difficult subjects such as sexual assault and the displacement of minorities with a style that never falls into a stereotypical American ‘slam poetry’ voice. During Unislam we coached by former Canterbury Poet Laureate Dan Simpson who challenged us every step of the way to improve ourselves.
UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019