literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature

Heaux Noire

Part of London Literature Festival

Listen up as womxn* of colour share their stories through poetry and music presented by spoken-word platform Heaux Noire.

Heaux Noire presents poets, performers and musicians sharing their stories in a night created to inspire, support and uplift the voices of womxn of colour – come and join us for a night full of melanin.

Based in London and Birmingham, Heaux Noire creates spaces and performance opportunities platforming black and brown womxn and their experiences.

*Heaux Noire’s use of the term ‘womxn’ aims to underscore gender fluidity and inclusivity. Heaux Noire understand the vast spectrum of gender and aim to represent all black and brown womxn, not only to include/platform the voices of cisgendered womxn, but also those of transgender womxn, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary people.

Maxine Sibihwana is a Ugandan poet and writer based in London. She writes on relationships, religious rituals, love, and responds to African proverbs. She has read her work nationally from London to Rugby and at festivals such as Last Word at the Roundhouse, Erase Erase Erupt, Hay Festival, Brainchild and Latitude Festival.

Teshay Makeda, Empress of Roots Soul, is a divinely talented London based singer, songwriter and performer, with a unique musical style that is grounded in her Rastafarian roots. After releasing her first EP Teshay Makeda in 2017 to much critical acclaim, Makeda has gathered crowds at her live shows including a sold-out headline show at the Hampstead Jazz Club. Makeda’s forthcoming EP, Omega Mother Goddess, explores the Roots and Soul & the Divine Feminine.

Karishma Sangtani is a poet based in London and Durham, whose work has central themes of memory, family and diasporic identity from her perspective as a South Asian woman. As well as featuring at events such as the Durham For Refugees Festival and Bright Smoke at the Royal Shakespeare Company, she has headlined at DiVerse, a monthly spoken word night in Teeside.

Louise McStravick is a writer, poet, teacher and proud Brummie. McStravick has read poetry on BBC Berkshire and has had work published both on and offline. She uses poetry to make sense of the world and the human experience, currently working on a collection that explores the connection between objects and memories.

Dates & times

18 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


£7 - £10
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£7, £10


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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 18+

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