Raymond Antrobus headlines the October edition of Out-Spoken, also featuring the poet Mira Mattar and a special set from regular host Joelle Taylor, who shares work from her new collection.
The live music is provided by classical pianist Okiem, and blues/reggae harmonica legend Errol Linton, and of course Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield is here, spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.
Mira Mattar writes fiction and poetry and is an independent researcher, editor and tutor. She is a Palestinian and Jordanian from London, where she lives and works. Mattar’s first book, Yes, I Am A Destroyer, was published in 2020 by Ma Bibliothèque. Her first chapbook, Affiliation, was recently published by Sad Press; and her first collection of poems is published by The 87 Press in 2021.
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author whose latest collection, C+NTO & Othered Poems, was published in June 2021 by Westbourne Press. Taylor included some of the poems in her 2020 BBC Radio 4 documentary Butch, and she is now developing the collection into a spoken word theatre show to tour throughout 2022. Taylor’s work is widely anthologised and she is the author of four full poetry collections and three plays. An experienced facilitator, she set up the UK’s national youth slam, which she led for 18 years.
Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father, he is the author of To Sweeten Bitter and The Perseverance. In 2019 he became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbones Folio Prize. Other accolades include the Ted Hughes award, PBS Winter Choice, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the year award and The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018, as well as being shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and Forward Prize. In 2018 Antrobus was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, judged by Ocean Vuong, for his poem ‘Sound Machine’. His poem ‘Jamaican British’ was added to the GCSE syllabus in 2019.
Errol Linton has been described as ‘the finest blues and reggae harmonica player in Europe’. An award-winning Brixton born singer-songwriter, Linton’s 30 years on the London underground blues scene still finds him playing solo at Oxford Circus as well as appearing at major festivals and on European tour dates with his exceptional band. His latest album Packing My Bags has earned much critical acclaim and brought him to a wider international audience. This great Londoner's shows are legendary: expect to dance.
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