“The biggest spoken word night in London for women” (Evening Standard) that was called “feminism at its ruthless best” by Blouinart is back at The Book Club in Shoreditch after our Festive Season break. Have you missed us? We’ve missed you!
That’s What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women and non-binary writers, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more. We’re super stoked be welcoming BBC Slam Champion 2019 and the 2019 Hammer and Tongue UK National Slam Champion,Birdspeed to the TWSS stage.
British born Barbadian raised artist, Birdspeed (@birdspeedofficial), is an outstanding artist who is known for her ability to captivate audiences by effortlessly weaving poetry, storytelling, satirical humour and movement. Her writing is equally as breathtaking and often a combination of social commentary and auto- biographical tales including themes on: Caribbean culture and folklore, afrofuturism, black feminism, mental health (especially in black working class communities).
Birdspeed is the Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion 2019, the 2019 Hammer and Tongue UK National Slam Champion and a BBC Talent Search Winner. Her artistry is also making waves internationally across US cities following performances in: New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Birdspeed has also headlined at significant US venues such as: the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC) and The African American Centre (Philadelphia) and is currently the Manhattan Arts Festival Poet Laureate. Birdspeed performed her first play, The Firebird at the Salisbury Theatre Playhouse and has facilitated workshops in a variety of organisations including a men’s prison.
Birdspeed is published in the following anthologies: Alter Egos Anthology (Bad Betty Press, 2019), Use Words First (Own It, 2019) and Words on Windrush (Empoword, 2019). Birdspeed has also self published her first pamphlet Bloom (2019) which is endorsed by Junior Marvin from The Original Wailers.
Phoebe Wagner (@phoebewagnerr) is a poet and theatre-maker from London. She studied at Rose Bruford College on the European Theatre Arts course. She is part of Barbican Young Poets and Living House Theatre. Her debut pamphlet ‘The Body You’re In’ is out now with Bad Betty Press. Her work explores the fierceness of vulnerability and the politics in the personal.
Aiysha (@aiysha_poetry) is a Bristol- based spoken word performer and mythological creature in residence. Their poetry deals with the topics of mental illness, love, trauma, queer identity and their love of oranges. They exude an enchanting calmness in the delivery of their poetry that contrasts the harrowing nature of what they write about. They have performed at events all over the Southwest, featured on BBC Radio Bristol and have qualified for the Hammer & Tongue national slam finals.
Phoebe Eccles (@phoebeeccs) is a writer from Hackney, London. Her poems and stories have appeared in Strix, SOFT EIS, and Ambit, among other publications. She is also the creator and editor of a literary magazine called Algae, launching in September 2019. Most of her spoken word and stand up is about grief.
Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable use our OPEN MIC – EASY SIGN UP FORM if you have a burning desire to speak out and speak up.
Get your tickets for only £8 (£5 student or unwaged) now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 (£7 student or unwaged) on the door.
And remember – For Books’ Sake is a volunteer led, community organisation so all your pennies will be going back into championing women writers!
WHAT THEY SAY…
“Not only is That’s What She Said a great place to see talented literary performers, for everyone and not just women, but it provides a space for women to shout and scream their anger, their frustrations, their desires; a space without censorship, without objectification and without the dreaded “it must be her time of the month” quip. I think For Books’ Sake is doing some really important work.” (Thanks SexyVeg for this recent review of one of our London shows!