Mind Over Slammer: Leeds Heat

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  • Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different and Live Music
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  • Over 18
  • Wed, 14th Feb 2024 @ 18:00 - 23:00
  • 18:00 - 23:00

Mind Over Slammer is a brand new national initiative that merges bespoke workshops and regional poetry slams, culminating in a Grand Finale in the heart of London, with £1,800 in Grand Slam prize money up for grabs. 

Read our full mission statement here.

Headliner: Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is an critically acclaimed poet, writer and public educator focused on disrupting narratives about history, race and violence.

She speaks and performs her work nationally and internationally and is the author of Seeing for Ourselves; and even stranger possibilities 2023; Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia 2022 and the poetry collection Postcolonial Banter. 

Suhaiymah is also a co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University; and a contributor to the anthologies Cut from the Same Cloth? and I Refuse to Condemn. Her writing has featured on BBC Radio 4, in The Guardian and Al Jazeera, and her poetry has been viewed millions of times online. 

She is a co-founder of the Nejma Collective, a group of Muslims working in solidarity with people in prison. 

She is based in Leeds and is currently writing for theatre.

Sign up to Slam!

If you would like to sign up to participate in the Leeds heat, applications are open until 10pm, Sunday 4th February 2024. Sign up here

Names will be drawn at random and successful applicants will be contacted via email on Monday 5th February, by 10pm.

We appreciate that competition of any kind, or the discussion of potentially sensitive topics at events, may trigger anxiety or other pre-existing mental health concerns. As a result of this, following each slam, we are offering participants an optional, free 45 minute online aftercare session with our resident BACP-accredited psychotherapist Anna Sinski. Anna will also be available at each slam should participants require any care.

Please see our FAQ Page for more information about how the slams work.

To stay up to date with all things Mind Over Slammer, sign up to the MoS mailing list.

Doors open: 6.30pm

Show: 7pm-10pm

DJ: 10pm-11pm

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

***Prize money funded privately***




Ticket Event time Cost
General Admission

General Admission 

18:00 - 23:00 £10.00



Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29, Headingley Ln, Leeds, LS6 1BL

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Mind Over Matter Arts
Mind Over Matter Arts CIC is a Community Interest Company elevating the arts and expanding the discourse on mental health through the mediums of Spoken Word Poetry, Hip-Hop, and Song. Operating as a non-profit organisation primarily in London and Manchester but also around the UK, our essence revolves around furnishing individuals with a secure platform for self-expression. Our mission is to elevate the arts while reshaping perceptions and discussions around mental health.


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