On 7 – 8 January 2017, the UK’s hottest spoken word talents were gathered in the Elgar Room for the Hammer & Tongue UK Poetry Slam final, where 22-year old Theresa Lola was crowned overall winner of the evening.

Over the course of a two day literary extravaganza, poetry slam champions from all over the UK competed for the title of UK champion in individual and team events, featuring special guest artists from the world of spoken word Luke Wright, Rob Aughton and Kat Francois.

Theresa Lola is a Nigerian British poet, who entered the UK Poetry Slam final as Hackney’s slam champion. A regular on London’s poetry scene, she was shortlisted for the London Magazine Poetry Prize and 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize. She is also a Barbican Young Poets Alumni and part of the Octavia Women of Colour Poetry collective.

Watch her winning performance: