Powerful, Playful Verse
Thursday 16 August 18:30 - 20:00
Explosive Political Poetry
Friday 17 August 18:00 - 19:00
All the snarl and spit of spoken word in one explosive show. Joelle Taylor is an award-winning slam poet, playwright and spoken word artist. Her collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me, inspired by her workshops with vulnerable women, powerfully evokes...
Poetry’s New Guard
Friday 17 August 19:30 - 20:30
The received world is challenged and presented afresh, as Zaffar Kunial and Claire Askew present their affecting poetry collections. A star of the Faber New Poets scheme, Kunial reads from his hypnotic and much-anticipated first collection Us....
80s Indie Verse Play
Saturday 18 August 13:45 - 14:45
We all want something to believe in. It’s 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics and indie stardom. But can he keep it all down? Following the multi award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals...
Saturday 18 August 15:30 - 16:30
Frank, Funny and Full of Dark Joy
Saturday 18 August 18:45 - 19:45
Meet two of the sharpest, wittiest voices from the spoken word scene. Famed for her electrifying live performances, poet, memoirist and broadcaster Salena Godden’s spoken word album LIVEWire was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2017. Poet,...
Rising Stars of Spoken Word
Saturday 18 August 20:00 - 21:00
Wowing audiences with exhilarating performances is second nature to Vanessa Kisuule and Hannah Jane Walker. Writer, performer, burlesque artist and ten-time slam champion Kisuule performs work from her collection A Recipe For Sorcery; a recipe book for...
Beautiful, Expansive Spoken Word
Sunday 19 August 12:00 - 13:00
Meet two big-hearted poets who take you from the city gutters right up to the stars. Mike Garry supports John Cooper Clarke on tour and has collaborated with New Order, Iggy Pop and Philip Glass. Deanna Rodger is one of the most celebrated young poets...
Flamboyant Satirical Verse
Sunday 19 August 15:30 - 16:30
Distinctive wordsmith Murray Lachlan Young, BBC 6 Music's poet-in-residence, offers flamboyant punchy wit and brooding subtext in this stunning live show drawing on his acclaimed How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You? Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary...
Epic Poetic Talent
Sunday 19 August 17:45 - 18:45
A captivating hour with award-winning playwright and poet Inua Ellams as he performs selections from his 2017 Ted Hughes Award shortlisted work #Afterhours. His residency at the Southbank Poetry Library took him on a voyage through time and place to the...