hammer and tongue

camberwell stage


Hammer & Tongue Hackney presents live spoken word, featuring Sam Berkson aka 'Angry Sam', Richard Purnell and special guests.

Sam Berkson has been hosting and promoting live poetry events with Hammer & Tongue for ten years. He has won slams, performed in three continents and published two books of poetry with Influx Press.

"I have always found Sam’s dedication to poetry inspiring. He has the rare gift of being informed and intelligent without being condescending. He is a good poet, a poet in the true sense of the word.” - Kate Tempest.

Richard Purnell is a suburban writer and performer. He likes Camberwell, mostly because of the Algerian lads in Cafe Noir, and Ali, the Denmark Hill barber. Richard's work has been described as "warped, nihilistic and hilarious" by Three Weeks. He likes baths and the P4 bus.