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Outspoken Poetry: Live

Outspoken Poetry: Live
27th October 2017 - 27th October 2017
Ocean Studios




'The poetry press that is battering down the doors of the establishment' is how The Independent describes Outspoken, a publishing house founded in 2013 for emerging diverse writers.

Their first national tour featuring several of its acclaimed poets will begin this Autumn, and we are delighted to be hosting their first visit to Plymouth for this year's Literature Festival. The incredible line-up promises for an evening of powerful poetry, and includes Anthony Anaxagorou, Joelle Taylor, Bridget Minamore and Raymond Antrobus. All artists will be performing live poetry from their Out-Spoken collections, and all books will be available for sale and signing. Founder of Outspoken, Anthony Anaxagorou, will also be delivering a workshop in spoken word poetry on Saturday 28th, 11am-1pm. The two-hour masterclass takes you through techniques from page to stage. Build writing, performance and stage skills - and see your confidence flourish!

Tickets can be booked in advanced by clicking here. You are also able to buy a Weekend Pass, granting you access to all Plymouth Literature Festival events at Ocean Studios, either via Eventbrite or from the venue itself.


Outspoken Live: £10 | Workshop: £5 | Access to Both: £14.00
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Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry; his latest publication, Heterogenous, offers both new and selected poetry spanning his career since 2009. Anthony's poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts as well as being published in The Feminist Review, Amnesty International’s Words That Burn and John Berger’s anthology The Long White Thread of Words. He has judged several literary prizes including the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award and most recently? He was commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 general election to write the poem for their Mark It Red campaign.

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author, who has performed internationally with the British Council. 'Songs My Enemy Taught Me is a collection of poems themed around the experiences of women globally, but it had simple beginnings. It began with me. It began with a small child in a hotel room not wanting to speak. It began with opera, but the kind that cannot be heard. It began at the point at which I ended.'

Bridget Minamore is an acclaimed writer whose topics range from feminism and race to pop culture and London. She's part of the creative team behind Brainchild Festival and works with My Body Back, a charity to empower women who have experienced sexual violence. Her debut pamphlet, Titanic, explores the sensibilities surrounding love, loss, and the subsequent struggles we all face at some point in our relationships. Themed around a series of popular songs and a certain sinking ship, Minamore riffs from poem to poem with a choice selection of humorous and somber verse.

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor and educator, born and bred in East London, Hackney. Sky Arts have listed him in the top twenty promising UK artists and his writing has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner and The Guardian. The title of his collection of poems, To Sweeten Bitter, is 'a phrase of infinite possibility and tender worry, open and searching, wanting and volatile. And in this sense, it serves as a kind of secret refrain for us, a haunted current that charges after each line and image, each heart-fraught question...and tentative hope.' (R.A. Villanueva)