literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature

Out-Spoken: February

Part of Out-Spoken

See stars at February’s poetry and live music gathering, featuring a headline set by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, acclaimed poet Fran Lock and emerging talent Gboyega Odubanjo.

Each month, London's premier evening of poetry and live music Out-Spoken brings you the best in UK poetry alongside a line-up of world-class musicians.

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

Simon Armitage is the UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry between 2015 and 2019. His numerous accolades include an Ivor Novello Award for song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings and the 2018 Queen’s gold medal for poetry.

Armitage has published 28 collections of poetry, including his latest, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic. He also writes extensively for television and radio, and is the author of non-fiction bestsellers All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His play The Last Days of Troy was staged at Shakespeare's Globe in 2014.

Fran Lock is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Raptures and Captures which was in collaboration with collage artist Steev Burgess and Contains Mild Peril. Lock is an associate editor at Culture Matters, and has recently submitted her Ph.D. at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Gboyega Odubanjo is a British-Nigerian poet born and raised in East London. His debut pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019 and his poem ‘Epiphaneia’ appeared in the second series of the Bedtime Stories for the End of the World poetry podcast. Odubanjo is a Roundhouse resident artist.

Dates & times

27 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 150 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


£10, £7 early bird (limited availability)
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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