literature & poetry

Out-Spoken: May

Poets Don Paterson and Carolyn Forché are among those featured at this month’s poetry and music evening, with more acts still to be announced.

London's premier evening of poetry and live music Out-Spoken celebrates the best in UK poetry, alongside a line-up of world-class musicians.

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

Don Paterson is the author of seven books of poetry.

He has twice won both the Whitbread/Costa Poetry Prize and the TS Eliot Prize, along with a number of other awards including all three Forward Prizes.

He is a recipient of the OBE and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1996 has been poetry editor at Picador MacMillan.

Carolyn Forché is a leading American poet and human rights activist.

Her second collection, The Country Between Us, drew on her experiences in El Salvador as the country erupted into civil war, which she has since addressed in What You Have Heard Is True: a memoir of witness and resistance.

Her later collections are The Angel of History, Blue Hour and In the Lateness of the World.

Dates & times

21 May 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Thu 21 May 2020
      • 7:45 pm


Purcell Room


£10, £7 early bird (limited availability)
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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