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    Out-Spoken: October

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    Thu 26 Oct, 7.45pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £12
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    Out-Spoken host poet Joelle Taylor facing away from the camera, wearing a suit

    TS Eliot prize-winner Joelle Taylor hosts an October edition of reliably remarkable spoken word and music, featuring Joe Carrick-Varty, Denise Saul and Jay Bernard.

    Joe Carrick-Varty is a British-Irish poet, writer and founding editor of bath magg. His work has appeared in The New Statesman, Granta and POETRY. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2022. His debut collection, More Sky, was published in January 2023.

    Denise Saul is the author of two pamphlets: White Narcissi was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and House of Blue was PBS Pamphlet Recommendation. Saul is the recipient of the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and a Fellow of The Complete Works. Her debut collection, The Room Between Us was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

    Jay Bernard is a writer and interdisciplinary artist whose work explores issues of queerness, race and archiving through a critical lens. Their short films, artwork and literary collections have been exhibited at film festivals and galleries around the UK, and they were the recipient of the 2020 Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and the 2017 Ted Hughes Award.

    Each month, Out-Spoken celebrates diversity in voice and performance with a stellar line-up of the hottest UK poets alongside a line-up of world-class musicians.

    As ever, the night is hosted by Joelle Taylor, with Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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    Dates & times

    Thu 26 Oct, 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.

    Price

    • Standard entry£12*
    • Concessions25%**


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    Purcell Room

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