Our November show features an incredible line-up of the best of the written and spoken word. Performers include acclaimed Faber poet Zaffar Kunial, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish and Forward Prize winner Liz Berry, alongside live musical performances.
Out-Spoken is hosted by Joelle Taylor, with Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.
Hollie McNish is a poet, writer, and spoken-word artist. Rising to fame through the then-new medium of YouTube, she has since published five books of poetry and toured extensively in the UK and internationally. Her book Nobody Told Me, which mixed poetry, prose and journal entries, won the 2016 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and was described by The Guardian as a ‘chaotic and heartfelt portrait of new motherhood’.
Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country, described by The Guardian as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018.