Out-Spoken Live - May 2017
Poets - Inua Ellams + Amy Leon + Simon Armitage + Musicians: Harry Keyworth + Solasta
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Please note unreserved seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and for the remaining few there will be standing space at the back and down the side.
Doors: 19:00 Curfew: 22:30
This is event is in the Union Chapel Bar access is via the side gate to the left of the main entrance to the Chapel on Compton Terrace.
Please note Margins Cafe will not be open at this event.
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Out-Spoken is one of London's premier nights for poetry and live music. Founded in 2012 by Anthony Anaxagorou, Out-Spoken is hosted by Joelle Taylor, Karim Kamar, Sam 'Junior' Bromfield and Assumpta Ozua. Out-Spoken invites the UK's leading poets, rappers and muscians to share their art at a monthly showcase
Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He has published three pamphlets of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ and 'The Wire-Headed Heathen'. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ (a one-man show which he performed) was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his third, ‘Black T-Shirt Collection’ ran at England’s National Theatre. He is currently touring 'An Evening With An Immigrant', working on ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ – a new play, and a poetry book called #Afterhours. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion.
Amy Leon is a musician, poet and educator. She performs frequently all over New York and has toured numerous times across the UK performing in collaboration with the likes of the BBC, Roundhouse, Amnesty International and more. An alumna of the Nuyorican Slam Team, she fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities and celebrating love, blackness, and what it means to be woman. She is the author of two collections of poetry: the water under the bridge and Mouth Full of Concrete and just released her debut album Something Melancholy available now on all listening platforms.
Simon Armitage is a British poet, playwright and novelist. His poetry collections include The Dead Sea Poems (1995), Killing Time (1999), Universal Home Doctor (2002), The Shout: Selected Poems (2005), Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid (2006), The Not Dead (2008), Out of the Blue (2008) and Seeing Stars (2010).
He earned a BA from Portsmouth University in geography, and an MS in social work from Manchester University, where he studied the impact of televised violence on young offenders. He worked as a probation officer for six years before focusing on poetry. In 2015, he was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry. Known for his deadpan delivery, Armitage’s formally assured, often darkly comic poetry is influenced by the work of Ted Hughes, W.H. Auden and Philip Larkin.
Harry Keyworth is a songwriter, composer and session musician. He mainly plays de-tuned acoustic guitar, piano, percussion and bass instruments.
Solasta are an outstanding folk trio who are fast building a name for themselves on the back of their inventive arrangements, unique sound and exhilarating live performances.
Comprised of award-winning fiddler Elisabeth Flett, cellist Hannah Thomas and guitarist Jamie Leeming, their dynamic interpretations of Celtic based material are rooted firmly in tradition, whilst incorporating elements from diverse musical worlds including classical, jazz and early music.
Notable performances include Celtic Connections Festival, Cecil Sharp House and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Solasta have featured on BBC Radio Wales (Celtic Heartbeat), Resonance FM (interviews/live performances), and The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast in the USA.