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Tuesday 3 October
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In a nutshell
An eclectic night of spoken word, poetry and live music.
Over the past five years, Out-Spoken has grown from a small poetry night to the juggernaut that it is today, inclusive of monthly poetry workshops (Out-Spoken Masterclass) and an independent publishing house (Out-Spoken Press).
The Out-Spoken stage has been graced by everyone from MOBO award nominees to various award and prize winners, in addition to standout talent at the early stages of their careers.
What to Expect
Each month, Out-Spoken’s event takes attendees on an emotional journey, from wit to melancholy and everything in between; driven in the vehicles that are spoken word poetry and live music.
Whether comedic or solemn, political or cathartic, the poetry is always moving. The musical acts are eclectic; although they lean more towards hip-hop and soul past acts have included acoustic, classical, experimental and folk.
Lisa Luxx is a British Syrian writer, performer, philosopher and activist shaking the west out of its slumber. Lisa has been published by Tate Britain, New River Press, The International Times, Tribe de Mama (US), The Numinous (US), i-D, The Sunday Times and more. Her philosophical essays have been published in anthologies such as Constantly Connected (Sage, India). She has been shortlisted for Peace Poetry Prize and Saboteur Awards Best Spoken Word Performer.
Born in Uganda, Nick Makoha fled the country with his mother, as a result of the political situation that arose from the civil war during the Idi Amin dictatorship. He has lived in Kenya, Saudi Arabia and currently resides in London. He has presented his work at many international events and toured for the British Council in Finland, Czech Republic, the US and the Netherlands. His collection Kingdom of Gravity is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection
Francesca Beard is a London-based, Malaysian-born spoken word artist who makes interactive and transformational work for live audiences. Described as "the Queen of British performance poetry” (London Metro), Francesca has made innovative, often interactive and multi-media one person shows, such as Chinese Whispers and Animal Olympics and most recently How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse, which sold out at the Roundhouse's Last Word Festival, and will be touring nationally in spring 2018.
British singer-songwriter MIRI blends heart and grit, distilled through a smooth, melodic pop filter. MIRI's most recent release Sound Vibrations EP blends distinctive soft, smoky and gritty tones with thought provoking heartfelt lyrics; pop songs that speak fluent indie. 'Electric Vibes' received airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and Radio DIVA with Heather Peace & Rosie Wilby. 'The Plight' was played by John Kennedy on Radio X.
Fran Lobo is a singer, songwriter and artist hailing from Edmonton in North East London. Her dark powerfully soulful vocals are accompanied by the hypnotic sounds of a vintage keytar, eerie electric guitars, deep beats, haunting choral harmonies and synth hooks. With influences ranging from Peter Gabriel, The Pixies, 90’s two-step, garage and house and Billie Holiday. She is currently working on finishing up her debut album for release next year.
Founded in 2012 by Anthony Anaxagorou, Out-Spoken is hosted by Joelle Taylor and curated by Anthony Anaxagorou, Karim Kamar, Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield, Tom MacAndrew and Assumpta Ozua.
What people are saying
'battering down the doors of the establishment' - Independent
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 16+
This event is wheelchair accessible.