Slamalamadingdong June winner, Rik The Most, performing ‘This Is’ at Slamalamadingdong, June 30, 2016.

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‘Rik The Most’ (aka Rikki Livermore) is a powerful performance poet, hailing from the UK, whose writing spans a range of topics; from admonishing political fear mongering to informative and touching modern war poetry; protests against the cold, archaic forms of education stifling creativity to painfully beautiful pieces on the lesser spoken-about sides of love and vulnerable tales of loss – no matter what the subject, he enjoys taking inspiration from the, both, amazing and horrifying aspects of humanity to create works that question and deeply explore the world in which we live. Combined with this, from working as a breakdancer with a love of hiphop, Rik has developed an intense passion (bordering on obsession!) for playing around with rhythms and rhymes in his work, taking each word apart and analyzing the syllables for all they’re worth!

Rik is a well-known face on the UK Spoken Word Scene – having featured at many of the main nights and festivals such as: Apples & Snakes events, Poetry In London, Lost Lectures, StreetFest and The Secret Garden Party, as well as winning numerous slams, including at: Hammer and Tongue, Bang Said The Gun, Slamalamadingdong and The Olympic “Poetry Of Place” Slam. His work has been featured by a number of worthy causes and campaigns, including the National Union of Teachers, a new mental health app being developed in the UK, art exhibitions in Tasmania, Finland and the UK and he was even commissioned by the BBC to write two modern war poems for their World War One At Home tour – commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1st World War.

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. He grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where he's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. He's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP.
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