Penryn Poetry Slam 2013 Caravanserai Cup Winner Announced

It was a great evening, at the Famous Barrel Beer Garden, 3 and a half hours seemed to fly by, and in all that time, not a stitch of music or anything else but the spoken word along with some Haitian field recordings entertained the crowd for all that time.


Jonny Fluffypunk was a great host, and there were 11 poets in all who took part.

Seth Hampshire from Truro won the Caravanserai Cup at this inagural Penryn Poetry Slam of 2013.

Here’s a list of the poets who performed and the prizes:

Abe Danger Cambridge

Casey Bottono

SJ Marsden

Seth Hampshire


Will Rothwell

Helen Moore

Patricia Finney

Alex Small

David Patton

Sophie Sweatman

We also had second and third prizes for the poets, and even a prize for the best(meaning Meanest!) judge, as well as one for the most supportive audience member. (see the List of Prizes below*)

We’re taking the Caravanserai Performance Poet’s Cup to the engravers tomorrow to get Seth’s name on it, so I suppose we are committed to doing it again next year to see whose name goes on in 2014!

Mustn’t forget the performance poetry workshops held at Penryn Town Hall, Charlotte Garratt de Corisepa says “The workshop was amazing, Johnny is brilliant, I really enjoyed it all so thanks for all of that. And please let me know that date for the next spoken word slam :)”

*List of prizes:

1st place: Seth Hampshire, winner of the Caravanserai Cup 2013 and £25

2nd Place: Casey Bottono, winner of a free night in the Project Van at Treloan Coastal Holidays

3rd Place: Daria, winner of a portrait of the Queen

Prize for the most controversial judge went to Dominic Power who selected the array of Caravanaserai Chutneys, plants and Guidebook

Leaving the prize for the “Best” Audience member – Half a bottle of Caravanserai Sloe Gin – being given to Nicholas the harmonica player.



wonderful poems from Penryn community and a cracking audience with stimulating and critical judges:-)

‘that was soooo good! really funny and true and poetic and human and lovely’ – N
‘Was a cracking time down at the first ever The Penryn Poetry Slam organised by Mac Dunlop and hosted by Johnny Fluffypunk (below) at the Famous Barrel last night – part of the wonderful ongoing Penryn Arts Festival. Source fm was well represented with several presenters performing and one judging and Jerry recorded the whole event for later broadcast, so watch this space…’ Jerry Padfield, SourceFM Studio Manager


3 – 5pm  Tuesday July 23rd at Penryn Town Hall TR10 8HU

 (relocated from the Stuart Stevens Memorial Hall)

PENRYN POETRY SLAM (first prize £25.00)

at 7.30pm at The Famous Barrel, at the bottom of  St Thomas Street, Penryn. TR10 8JP

jonny fluffypunk

‘Acute social observation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy, sharp irony and wit…and England’s most pretentious moustache’- The Independent

Stand-up poet, sit-up storyteller and give-up musician Jonny Fluffypunk has been dragging his art around the poetry, comedy and alternative cabaret circuits for over 10 years. A multiple slam champion who hates competition in the arts, and an outspoken voice for anarchy, peace and bicycles, his slim volume The Sustainable Nihilists’ Handbook is published by Burning Eye Books and he has recently premiered his solo show ‘Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk’ to great acclaim.

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