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    Out-Spoken: July

    Thu 20 Jul, 7.45pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
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    Anthony Anaxagorou stands at a microphone
    Anthony Anaxagorou, poet

    This month’s Out-Spoken blends the poetry of Tishani Doshi, Rebecca Goss and Momtaza Mehri with music from Emily Barker and Frank Hopkins.

    Each monthly gig is hosted by TS Eliot and Polari Prize winner Joelle Taylor, with Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

    This event also serves as the unofficial launch party of Poetry International festival, which features global voices and responds to themes of the natural world and the climate crisis.

    Tishani Doshi has published seven books of fiction and poetry, the most recent of which are a novel, Small Days and Nights, shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Award and a New York Times Bestsellers Editor’s Choice; and a collection of poems, A God at the Door, shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize 2021. For 15 years she worked as the lead dancer with the Chandralekha group in Madras, India.

    Rebecca Goss is a poet, tutor and mentor living in Suffolk. Her second collection, Her Birth, was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection and won the Poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards 2013. Goss’ third collection, Girl, was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. She is the winner of the Sylvia Plath Prize 2022. Her next collection, Latch, is published with Carcanet in 2023.

    Momtaza Mehri is a poet and independent researcher working across criticism, translation, anti-disciplinary research practices, education and radio. She is a former Young People’s Laureate for London and Frontier-Antioch Fellow at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in POETRY, Granta and Vogue.

    Emily Barker is a singer-songwriter best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the BBC crime drama Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Barker has released music as a solo artist and with bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road. Her latest album is A Dark Murmuration of Words.

    Frank Hopkins is a captivating electronic artist known for his blend of melodic dance music. With a passion for fusing real-world instruments with timeless dance floor arrangements, Hopkins crafts intricate compositions that are both delicate and tailor-made for unforgettable club nights.

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    Dates & times

    Thu 20 Jul, 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.


    • Standard entry£12*
    • Concessions25%**

    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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