Wednesday 18th May

Poets Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay and Max Porter, along with singer bshp, celebrate ten years of Out-Spoken, London’s premier evening of poetry and live music.


Each month, Out-spoken celebrates diversity in voice and performance, with bills featuring brilliant poets and musicians, – and tonight’s event is its biggest to date.

As ever, TS Eliot prize-winner Joelle Taylor hosts, with Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

Max Porter is a writer and editor. He is the author of three novels. He frequently collaborates with artists, musicians and theatre-makers. His books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She is the author of, among other books, The Adoption Papers, which won the Forward Prize; Red Dust Road, winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award; Trumpet; and the Costa Book Awards-shortlisted Fiere. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and a former Chancellor of the University of Salford.

Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field, and is the author of three non-fiction bestsellers. He also writes, records and performs with the band LYR, and has received an Ivor Novello Award for his song writing. He is Poet Laureate.

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