Word Up

Spoken word is exploding, and there's no barrier to entry. We’re building a space for creatives to share their thoughts through poems / raps / lyrics. Anyone is welcome, virgins or veterans. Together we'll create a group with open ears and free-flowing words. Expect outspoken, lively words from both newcomers and some established artists. Open mic slots are open to registration on the night from 7:30pm, so get down early. The spoken word will kick off at 8pm. Open mic will be "1 piece" slots (5 minutes max). Price: Free Please share! Run by: Charlie de Courcy, Hannah Gordon, and Desree Gumbs-Carty
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Word UpMonday, July 6th, 2020 at 11:41am
Introducing out third headliner for tonight's event - Malika Booker

Malika is a pioneer of spoken word in the UK and a mesmerising live performer. Her work is widely published and she has been shortlisted and awarded numerous prizes including the Cholmondeley Award and the Forward Prize. She was Chair of Judges for the Forward Prize in 2016 and was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. We are honoured to have her gracing our virtual stage at Word Up this evening!

There are a few tickets still available so book your now:
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Word UpSunday, July 5th, 2020 at 11:21am
Introducing the second of our three headliners for Monday's event - Rachel Long

Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour which is housed at The Southbank Centre, in London. Rachel's poetry and prose have been published widely, most recently in Filigree, Mal, and The Poetry Review. Rachel is assistant tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme. Her debut poetry collection, My Darling from the Lions, is forthcoming from Picador in July 2020.

You can pre-order the collection here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/my-darling-from-the-lions/rachel-long/9781529045161

We cannot wait to have her at Word Up!
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Word UpThursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 12:17pm
Introducing the first of our three headliners for Monday's event - Yomi Ṣode

Yomi Sode is a Nigerian British writer, performer, facilitator and Complete Works Alumni. He has read poems at Lagos International Poetry Festival, Afrika Fest with Speaking Volumes in Finland, the New York Public Library with the British Council and at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit Anthology, 10: Poets of the New Generation Anthology, Tales of Two Londons Anthology and the upcoming Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, Magma and The Poetry Review.

In 2019 Yomi was awarded one of three Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships.

COAT, Yomi’s first one-man show, has toured nationally to sold-out audiences and he is currently working on his first poetry collection and second show.

We cannot wait to have him at Word Up!
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Word UpThursday, May 28th, 2020 at 1:02pm
We are excited for Monday's Words Down Workshop with Zena Edwards exploring artist self-care. Tickets are free and are available via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-down-workshop-with-zena-edwards-tickets-105540087242

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