Out-Spoken: February

Thu 29 Feb, 7.45pm
Part of Out-Spoken
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Literature & poetry
From £12
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A woman stood on a dark stage, playing the guitar

Poets Kit Fan, Degna Stone and Jason Allen-Paisant join host Joelle Taylor for this evening's show, with music from Emmeline and Jack Flash.

Out-Spoken is the Southbank Centre’s resident poetry and live music night, bringing the hottest UK and international poets to perform alongside world-class musicians every month.

Each monthly gig is hosted by TS Eliot and Polari Prize-winning poet Taylor, with Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

Jason Allen-Paisant is a Jamaican writer and academic who works as a senior lecturer in critical theory and creative writing at the University of Manchester. He's the author of two poetry collections, Thinking with Trees (Carcanet Press, 2021), winner of the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for poetry, and Self-Portrait as Othello (Carcanet Press, 2023), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection. His non-fiction book, Scanning the Bush, will be published in 2024.

Degna Stone is a poet and poetry editor based in north-east England. They are a contributing editor at The Rialto and a co-founder of Butcher's Dog poetry magazine. They received a Northern Writers' Award for poetry in 2015 and a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2019. Their debut full-length collection, Proof of Life on Earth, is available from Nine Arches Press.

Kit Fan's third poetry collection The Ink Cloud Reader (2023) is shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. He is the author of two books of poems, As Slow As Possible (2018) and Paper Scissors Stone (2011). His first novel is Diamond Hill (2021). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a board member of the Author's Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

Emmeline began writing spoken word with Manchester-based collective Young Identity when she was 17, before going on to win SLAMbassadors. After studying English at Oxford and then graduating with a master's in literary non-fiction, she was picked up by Grammy-winning producer Fraser T. Smith (Stormzy, Adele, Dave) and signed with his record label. She recently went on tour with Mike Skinner and The Streets, and is embarking on the next phase of her musical output by collaborating with some of the most exciting up-and-coming producers in the UK for a new unreleased project. She was named by The Guardian as one of last year's 'Ones to Watch'.

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For ages 18+

This event is Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT).

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Dates & times

Thu 29 Feb, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. Please visit the Welcome Desk on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where a member of staff can provide you with the key. You can also use the phone next to the Changing Places toilet to speak to a member of staff. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.


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