Out-Spoken: January

Thu 25 Jan, 7.45pm
Part of Out-Spoken
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Literature & poetry
From £12
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Poet performing on stage in a starry shirt

Poets Amy Acre, William Letford and Nick Laird join guest host Toby Campion for this evening’s show, with music from Amethyst and Yaw Evans.

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.

Nick Laird was born in County Tyrone in 1975. Awards for his writing include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Somerset Maugham Award, a Guggenheim fellowship and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Feel Free was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Derek Walcott Award. He is the Seamus Heaney Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. His most recent collection is Up Late (2023).

William Letford has three collections of poetry published by Carcanet Press. His work has been adapted into film, projected onto buildings, carved into monuments, adapted for the stage, cast out over the radio, and performed by orchestras. He has helped restore a medieval village in the mountains of northern Italy, fished with his bare hands in Indonesia, and been invited to perform in Iraq, South Korea, Lebanon, Australia, India and many other countries.

Amy Acre is a poet and editor, born in London and living in Nottingham. Her debut collection, Mothersong, is published by Bloomsbury, and was a Financial Times Book of 2023. She runs award-winning indie publisher Bad Betty Press.

Toby Campion is an award-winning poet, playwright and facilitator. A former UK Poetry Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam finalist, his poetry won the Aurora Prize for Poetry 2019 and was Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prizes 2018. Campion is the Director of UniSlam and the founder of the National Youth Poetry Showcase.

Yaw Evans is a composer, electronic musician, and DJ hailing from south London. With an avant-garde twist on UKG, breaks and ambient music, Evans’ sonic journey is an immersive exploration of his native city’s culture. Fuelling his creative fire, he crafted a bespoke modular synthesiser, enabling him to craft genre-blurring tunes. Evans has graced prestigious stages, from national galleries to international festivals, performing alongside artists such as James Blake, Mala, Joe Armon-Jones and Sully.

Amethyst, Jacob and Nathan are a soul- and jazz-infused trio with a new school twist. Having met only last year, Amethyst and Jacob have been working and writing together ever since. Tonight is their first performance as a trio, and set to be the first of many for this exciting new group.

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Age recommendation

For ages 18+

This event is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted.

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Dates & times

Thu 25 Jan, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 15 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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  • Concessions25%**

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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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Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

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