literature & poetry

Out-Spoken: September

Part of Out-Spoken

Kick off Out-Spoken’s Southbank Centre residency with a night of superlative poetry readings and live music.

Dive into today’s best UK poetry and groove with world-class musicians at Out-Spoken, London's premier evening of poetry and live music.

This show features a headline poetry set from Out-Spoken founder Anthony Anaxagorou, who reads from his new collection After the Formalities, which is released earlier in the month.

The evening also boasts performances from legendary spoken-word artist Salena Godden and poet Bobby Parker, as well as music from Villy and Azekel.

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

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. Anaxagorou won the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Hospital Club H-100 and the 2017 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. His poetry has appeared on BBC television and radio, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Arts. He judged the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award, and in 2017 was commissioned by the Labour Party to write a poem for their general election campaign. His latest collection After the Formalities is published in autumn 2019 with Penned in the Margins.

Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances have earned her a devoted following. Her latest poetry collection, Pessimism for Lightweights, was published by Rough Trade Books in July 2018. The poem ‘Pessimism is for Lightweights’ is currently a public poetry art piece and is on display outside the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. Her essay ‘Shade’ was published in the groundbreaking and award-winning essay anthology The Good Immigrant and her self-produced live poetry album LIVEwire, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.

Bobby Parker is a writer and visual artist. His published work includes experimental art books, poetry and prose. His debut poetry collection Blue Movie (Nine Arches Press) was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by Working Class Voodoo (Offord Road Books) in 2018. He lives in Worcestershire with his daughter, partner and cat. Born in 1982 to a working-class family, Bobby finds inspiration for his work in his upbringing, mental illness and issues with addiction.

Azekel is a Nigerian-born singer-songwriter, musician and producer from east London. His music has been lauded by Prince, and he recently collaborated with Massive Attack, co-writing and featuring on the title track of their Ritual Spirit EP. His new album Our Father challenges the stereotypical narrative of absentee fatherhood in the black community. It reveals him grappling with the harsh responsibility of transitioning into this role, and stepping up to the plate of nurturing his children.

Villy is a Nigerian afrofusion musician currently based in Ghana. Along with his band, The Xtreme Volumes, he is setting out to reinvent afrofusion, collating music from all over Africa with sounds from across the globe. Together, they have performed across West Africa, including at the World Music Day concert organised by Alliance Francaise, the Goethe Institute and the British Council in Lagos. Villy is bucking the digital trend and putting his energies into delivering strong live performances based on good old-fashioned musicianship.

Out-Spoken, one of London's premier poetry and live music nights, is at Southbank Centre for a year-long residency of events and workshops.

Dates & times

26 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 150 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+.

A limited number of £7 early bird tickets are available.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.