literature & poetry

Out-Spoken: October

Part of Out-Spoken

Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry as Out-Spoken returns for October.

Dive into today’s best UK poetry and groove with world-class musicians at Out-Spoken, London's premier evening of poetry and live music.

Our October show launches the Poetry International festival, which is part of Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival.

The evening features a headline set from Imtiaz Dharker, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, as well as performances from Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck and poet and playwright Malika Booker.

Music is provided by New Jr and STANLÆY .

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

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Dharker has recently completed a series of poems based on the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Malika Booker is a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her work was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize in 2014. She is a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow at Leeds University.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet whose books have won the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, the Rattle Chapbook Prize, and the Backwaters Prize. Her poem ‘Maqam’ won Poetry Magazine's 2017 Frederick Bock Prize and her poetry has been featured in World Literature Today, Ambit and The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day.

New Jr is the pseudonym of producer and artist Joseph Mott, whose deft genre fusions and unbounded approach have enriched the Liverpool electronica scene. New Jr combines cutting-edge elements of hip-hop, influenced by Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper, with vocal layering and synth work akin to James Blake.

STANLÆY has been influenced by a diverse mix of folk, jazz and cosmic atmospheres, drawing inspiration from artists such as Joanna Newsom, Dirty Projectors and Sigur Rós. STANLÆY’s lyrical narratives explore how human life in the modern world is juxtaposed with our ancient relationships to nature.

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Purcell Room


£7 early bird
Booking fee: £3.50 (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.