Out-Spoken: November

Thu 30 Nov 2023, 7.45pm
Part of Out-Spoken
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Literature & poetry
From £12
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A man standing on a stage, speaking into a microphone

Poets Valzhyna Mort, Michael Pedersen and Ishion Hutchinson join host Joelle Taylor for this evening’s show, with music from Jamie Duffy and Tawiah.

Valzhyna Mort is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Music for the Dead and Resurrected, named one of the best poetry books of 2020 by The New York Times, and winner of the International Griffin Poetry Prize and the UNT Rilke Prize. Born in Belarus, Mort writes in English and Belarusian.

Michael Pedersen is a Scottish poet and author, and the Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. His prose debut, Boy Friends, was published by Faber & Faber in 2022 and was a Sunday Times Critics Choice. He has unfurled three collections of poetry, the most recent being The Cat Prince & Other Poems (Little Brown, 2023), the title poem of which is shortlisted for the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Pedersen has won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the John Mather’s Trust Rising Star of Literature Award.

Ishion Hutchinson is the award-winning author of the poetry collections School of Instructions, House of Lords and Commons and Far District, and a professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Cornell University. In 2021, Jamaican-born Hutchinson was awarded the Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica for distinguished contribution in the field of literature.

Jamie Duffy is a 22-year-old musician and songwriter from Ireland. Having grown up in the small border village of Glaslough in a very musical family, Duffy blends traditional, popular and classical influences into his music, to create sounds that are beautiful, evocative and unique. His debut single, a piano piece titled ‘Solas’ (which means ‘light’ in Irish), is the biggest streaming debut song from an Irish artist since Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’.

In 2022, Tawiah released and toured her concept album Ertha, created collaboratively with artist Al Moore, a follow-up to her 2019 debut, Starts Again. She held a residence in Mumbai to perform Ertha with India’s only queer choir. Previously, she released two EPs: In Jodi’s Bedroom and Recreate, which she toured with Moses Sumney. Tawiah has shared a stage with artists including Amy Winehouse, Damon Albarn, Dev Hynes, Kindness, Mark Ronson, The Cinematic Orchestra and Kano. She also composes for TV and film, most recently composing scores for ITV drama Without Sin and Black Ops for BBC One.

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Thu 30 Nov 2023, 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.


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