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Speak Up: Celebrating World Book Night

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

To celebrate World Book Night, the London’s BIG READ 2019 is hosting a special spoken word and poetry night at private members bar, LIBRARY, on April 23, 2018… and you are invited!

London’s BIG READ and LIBRARY are collaborating on an exciting event to celebrate World Book Night 2019. Speak Up! is a spoken word and poetry night featuring some of the most talented and exciting writers and performers in the south east.

The all female line up will see ten poets take to the stage to deliver words that entertain, enthral, and engage.

It’s a chance to support these emerging artists as they push boundaries, experiment with ideas, and delight the audience with their words.

Half of all ticket sales will be donated to the Children’s Literacy Charity, the London’s BIG READ 2019 partner charity.

Tickets are £5 / £3 concession

The line up includes:

Amy Acre, a poet, performer and freelance writer from London. Her poem, ‘every girl knows’ won the 2019 Verve Poetry Prize. Her pamphlet, Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye, 2015) was chosen as a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and a Poetry School Best Book. She runs Bad Betty Press with Jake Wild Hall. She co-edited mental health anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom (Bad Betty Press, 2018) and the Anti-Hate Anthology (Spoken Word London, 2019). The Dizziness of Freedom is one of the books in this year’s London’s BIG READ.

Sophie Fenella, a poet and performer from London who writes to understand the world and everyone in it. Her award winning poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, and she has performed her poetry at festivals and events in the UK and Germany.

Anne-Marie Silbiger, an Irish poet in London, writing a book of poetry about living with Borderline personality disorder.

Christy Ku, an up-and-coming London based creative, who has worked closely with the Barbican Centre as a recent Barbican Young Poet alumnus, and creator and performer for the show ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ in collaboration with Boy Blue Entertainment. She is currently working towards her debut poetry collection.

Sadie Davidson is a writer, multi-slam winning poet, producer and playwright; she is also a former stripper and recovering addict. Sadie has authored two poetry collections and is also the current Kent Poetry Champion.

Clair Meyrick is a mother, writer and artist. At the moment she spends most her time avoiding housework and illustrating her first book of poetry.

Michelle Madsen is an artist, performer and writer. She writes and performs poems, makes theatre, works as an investigative journalist and does interesting things with food.

Ellie Ward’s poetry touches on female friendship, female gaze and queer / heteronormative desire. Her work is heavily located in her regionality and (bi)sexuality. Her poetic technique is playful: Similes are a big deal, and so is humour. Whilst her poetry touches on serious topics, it is always lively and a little bit mischievous.

Setareh Ebrahimi is an Iranian-British poet and writer living and working in Faversham, Kent. She has been published numerous times in various journals and magazines, including Brittle Star, Thanet Poetry Journal and Dissonance. She released her first pamphlet of poetry, entitled In My Arms from Bad Betty Press in 2018.

Antonia Jade King has featured at Poetry and Shaah, Heaux Noire and is a recent Hammer and Tongue finalist. She currently hosts Boomerang Club and when she isn’t poet-ing or enjoying a bath bomb she is tackling her Masters, researching the role of Black Women in Civil Rights Organisations.

Doors are at 6.30. Event starts at 7pm. Bar available.


April 23
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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