South Shields poet slams the competition at Edinburgh Fringe contest

South Shields-born stand-upm poet Scott Tyrrell won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Grand Final.
South Shields-born stand-upm poet Scott Tyrrell won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Grand Final.

A South Shields poet has left the competition lost for words to win a national prize.

Scott Tyrrell took the crown at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Grand Final at the weekend.

South Shields-born stand-upm poet Scott Tyrrell won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Grand Final.

South Shields-born stand-upm poet Scott Tyrrell won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Grand Final.

The dad-of-two, from West Harton, saw off world, European and national champions to claim the coveted prize.

The 41-year-old stand-up poet and graphic designer said: “It was great. Hundreds of poets entered and they drew names out of a hat to decide who would compete in the four heats.

“The winner of each one went through to the final and I won the last one – it was a bit mad. We were performing on the big BBC Festival stage where so many famous stand up comedians have stood before.

“It was extraordinarily nerve-wracking but great to be up on that stage seeing people laughing at what I was saying.”

It was extraordinarily nerve-wracking but great to be up on that stage seeing people laughing at what I was saying.

Scott Tyrrell

After winning the contest, which was broadcast live on BBC Arts through iPlayer, Scott, as well as fellow finalists Paula Varjack and Toby Campion, will be representing the UK at an international poetry slam in the USA next year.

He added: “It’s an amazing opportunity, it’ll be great. I didn’t realise it at the time, but I found out after the contest that I’d actually won every round. Toby was right behind me but I pipped it by 0.3 of a point.

“I had no idea about going to America either, the host just sprung that on us, but it’s amazing.”

This isn’t the first title Scott has picked up this year.

South Shields-born stand-upm poet Scott Tyrrell won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Grand Final.

South Shields-born stand-upm poet Scott Tyrrell won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Grand Final.

He’s also won the Great Northern Grand Slam, at Newcastle’s Northern Stage and the UK Anti-Slam Championship, in London.