literature & poetry

Out-Spoken: November

Part of Out-Spoken

Rub elbows with award-winning poets and groove with world-class musicians at Out-Spoken, London’s premier evening of poetry and live music.

Our November show features an incredible line-up of the best of the written and spoken word. Performers include acclaimed Faber poet Zaffar Kunial, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish and Forward Prize winner Liz Berry, alongside live musical performances from Mysie.

Out-Spoken is hosted by Joelle Taylor, with Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

Hollie McNish is a poet, writer, and spoken-word artist. Rising to fame through the then-new medium of YouTube, she has since published five books of poetry and toured extensively in the UK and internationally. Her book Nobody Told Me, which mixed poetry, prose and journal entries, won the 2016 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and was described by The Guardian as a ‘chaotic and heartfelt portrait of new motherhood’.

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country, described by The Guardian as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018.

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. In 2014, he published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets and was the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. Since his first public reading of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem 'The Word'. His debut collection Us, published by Faber & Faber, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Award.

Mysie (my-zee) began her journey aged just 16 as Lizbet Sempa, a singer-songwriter and pianist. However, having been pigeonholed as a young, black, soulful singer-songwriter, she developed Mysie. Moved by the experimental nature within popular music, she sought to channel this creativity into her own work. Honing in on her diverse influences, from the daring psychedelic innovation of Thundercat to the vibrant fervency of N.E.R.D, Mysie’s evocatively playful style seamlessly draws together her inspirations and her distinctive individuality.

Out-Spoken, one of London's premier poetry and live music nights, is at Southbank Centre for a year-long residency of events and workshops.

Dates & times

28 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


£10, £7 early bird
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+.

A limited number of £7 early bird tickets are available.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

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