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    Out-Spoken: May

    Wed 18 May, 7.30pm
    Part of Out-Spoken
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    past event
    past event
    A poet stands at the microphone, performing at Out-Spoken

    Poets Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay and Max Porter, along with singers bshp and Kay Young, celebrate ten years of Out-Spoken, London’s premier evening of poetry and live music.

    Each month, Out-Spoken celebrates diversity in voice and performance, with bills featuring brilliant poets and musicians, – and tonight’s event is its biggest to date.

    As ever, TS Eliot prize-winner Joelle Taylor hosts, with Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

    Max Porter is a writer and editor. He is the author of three novels. He frequently collaborates with artists, musicians and theatre-makers. His books have been translated into over 30 languages.

    Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She is the author of, among other books, The Adoption Papers, which won the Forward Prize; Red Dust Road, winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award; Trumpet; and the Costa Book Awards-shortlisted Fiere. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and a former Chancellor of the University of Salford.

    Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field, and is the author of three non-fiction bestsellers. He also writes, records and performs with the band LYR, and has received an Ivor Novello Award for his song writing. He is Poet Laureate.

    bshp (pronounced Bishop) is one of the few raw talents that can transcend an audience with her voice alone. bshp (real name Gabriella Bishop) hails from the UK, yet this powerhouse vocalist, writer and arranger has the flavour of LA. hip-hop, pop & Atlanta R&B running through her bloodstream.

    Kay Young’s work moves between tight rapping and soulful, strong vocals, exploring dance, jazz and soul. Making music in her home studio, Young caught the attention of Jay Electronica in 2019, before being signed to Jay Z’s management company Roc Nation.

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    Dates & times

    Wed 18 May, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 165 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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