literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature

Out-Spoken: March

Part of Out-Spoken

Scotland’s national poet Jackie Kay headlines our poetry and music night, with Jerwood-Compton winner Yomi Ṣode and Complete Works fellow Rishi Dastidar.

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.

Jackie Kay is the author of books including The Adoption Papers, which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Red Dust Road, winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the Costa-shortlisted Fiere. She is chancellor of the University of Salford and professor of creative writing at Newcastle University, and has served as Scots Makar, the national poet for Scotland, since March 2016.

Yomi Ṣode is a Nigerian British poet, performer and facilitator. One of the winners of the prestigious Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship, he has read poems at locations including Lagos International Poetry Festival, Afrika Fest, with Speaking Volumes in Finland and at the New York Public Library. Ṣode’s first one man show, Coat, has toured nationally to sold-out audiences, and he is currently working on his first poetry collection.

Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by the Financial Times and BBC amongst many others. He is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of writer development organisation Spread the Word. A poem from debut collection Ticker-tape was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. His second collection, Saffron Jack, is published in March 2020 by Nine Arches Press.

Dates & times

26 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 120 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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