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    Out-Spoken: February

    Thu 24 Feb, 7.45pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £10
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    Poet at a microphone

    Hear the best in UK poetry and music, with sets from Forward Prize- nominated Holly Pester, Jerwood-Compton fellow Anthony Joseph and multiple prizewinner Fiona Benson.

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

    Holly Pester is a poet and writer. Her work includes Common Rest (Test Centre 2016) and Comic Timing (Granta, 2021), her first full collection of poetry, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

    Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, academic and musician. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels. In 2019, he was awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. His new collection Sonnets for Albert is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing.

    Fiona Benson won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2019 for Vertigo & Ghost. She has twice been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her latest collection, Ephemeron, is released in February 2022.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation/restriction

    For ages 16+

    Dates & times

    Thu 24 Feb, 7.45pm
    Approximate run time: 135 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry £10*
    • Early Bird tickets £7, limited availability
    • Concessions 25%**


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