literature & poetry

Out-Spoken: July

Part of Out-Spoken

Take a seat for an evening of outstanding spoken word from poets Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan.

The evening also features music from Anjelo Disons and Kaia.

Out-Spoken, one of London's premier poetry and live music nights, is joining us for a year-long residency, bringing you the best in UK poetry alongside world-class musicians every month. In July’s event, award-winning US poet Morgan Parker, author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, reads from new collection Magical Negro (May 2019).

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

Morgan Parker’s poetry and essays have been published in Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, New York Times, and The Nation. She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is co-curator of the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series, and The Other Black Girl Collective.

Brian Patten made his name alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough in the groundbreaking The Mersey Sound anthology. Since then he has published numerous collections, including Vanishing Trick and Armada as well as his Selected Poems and Collected Love Poems. Patten has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of Liverpool University, John Moores University and The Open University.

Hannah Sullivan's first collection Three Poems was the winner of the prestigious TS Eliot Prize in 2018 – just the third debut to win the award in its 25-year history. She is an Associate Professor of English at New College, Oxford.

Anjelo Disons is a talent overspilling with heart and soul, backed by a sensational collective of musicians called The Oracle. His jazz-tinged vocal style has been praised by the likes of Clash Magazine and Lost Culture.

Kaia, a singer-songwriter from south London, blends soul, hip-hop and electronic music. She has taken musical influences from artists such as Nina Simone, Sohn and D'Angelo.

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Purcell Room


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For ages 16+

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