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    Out-Spoken: July

    Thu 28 Jul, 7.45pm
    Part of Out-Spoken
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £10
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    Out-Spoken

    Forward Prize-winning poet Luke Kennard heads the bill, with sets by Lorraine Mariner and Kandace Siobhan Walker, at the July edition of the beloved poetry and live music evening.

    Every month, Out-Spoken celebrates diversity in voice and performance with a stellar line up of poets and musicians.

    Each gig is hosted by Joelle Taylor, with Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

    Kandace Siobhan Walker is a writer and filmmaker based in London. In 2019, her story ‘Deep Heart’ won the Guardian 4th Estate Short Story Prize. In 2021, she won the White Review Poet’s Prize and was an Eric Gregory Award winner. Her debut pamphlet of poetry, Kaleido, is being published by Bad Betty Press in autumn 2022.

    Lorraine Mariner lives in London and works at the National Poetry Library, right here at the Southbank Centre. She has published two collections with Picador, Furniture (2009) and There Will Be No More Nonsense (2014), and has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize twice, for Best Single Poem and Best First Collection, and for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize. Her most recent publication is the poetry chapbook, Anchorage (Grey Suit Editions, 2020).

    Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lives in Birmingham. His sixth collection of poetry, Notes on the Sonnets, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2021. His novels, The Transition and The Answer To Everything, are available from 4th Estate.

    This event is part of Purcell Sessions

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    Dates & times

    Thu 28 Jul, 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*
    • Concessions25%**


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