Come and hear stories that make us who we are, that surprise and challenge us, comfort and uplift us in this brilliant evening of spoken word poetry. Speak Out celebrates LGBTQ+ voices and features a powerful quartet of poets, headlined by Joelle Taylor.
Joelle Taylor is an award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana). She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named as one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain.
‘Joelle Taylor’s a shape-shifter, myth maker, linguistic risk taker; poetical activist, surrealist with a raised fist’
Dean Atta is a poet from London. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012 and is an ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards for Achievement through the Arts.
Travis Alabanza is a performance artist, theatre maker, poet and writer that works and survives in London, via Bristol. In 2015 Travis toured Stories of a Queer Brown Muddy Kid, performing at clubs, bookstores, and performance venues across the UK and abroad. Travis has been featured as a guest lecturer and panellist at over forty universities in the United Kingdom during LGBTQ and Black History month to discuss issues related to race, sexual orientation, and gender.
Jasmine Gardosi likes to write about weird things in unweird places – kind of like her, everywhere. She is the current Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Champion, last year’s Mix It Up Midlands Slam Champion and one of the winners of the International Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, was shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2014/15 and was a finalist in the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize for Performance 2015.
Malaika Kegode is a poet and performer from the South West. Her work focuses on the deeply personal and intricate beauty of the people around us. She has worked closely with Apples and Snakes to host Spokes Amaze and is founder and director of MILK Poetry, a celebrated spoken word night in Bristol. Malaika’s debut spoken word collection Requite was Published in 2017 by Burning Eye Books.
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