New: Out in South London Extra

OISL Logo EXTRAAnnouncing the birth of our little sister show Out In South London Extra!

From 23 February – 29 March, Matt Williams will be hosting Out in South London Extra in our Tuesday 6.30pm slot. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed and Facebook page for further details. This will be preceded by a joint show co-presented by Rosie and Matt on 16 February during the annual Resonance FM fundraiser. Rosie will be back with a new series of Out in South London on Tuesday 5 April.

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Queer’Say November 2015

Sophia Walker photo:

Sophia Walker

Out in South London and Apples and Snakes present Queer’Say, a showcase of queer spoken word hosted by Rosie Wilby. After their performance, Rosie speaks to each artist about their work, life and writing and invites the audience to ask questions. The final Queer’Say of 2015 took place at the Free Word Centre on 4 November and brought together the inimitable Sophia Walker, Richard Scott and Cheryl Martin.

Sophia Walker Sophia is winner of a string of slam championship titles including BBC Fringe Slam Champion and is the UK representative for the World Queer Slam. Her debut poetry collection Opposite the Tourbus was nominated for the reader’s choice section of The Guardian First Book Award. Sophia’s poetry is political, visceral and unflinchingly honest. As she says in her own words: Poems not bombs.

Richard Scott – Poet, broadcaster and musician, Richard’s work has been included in The Poetry of Sex, a Penguin Anthology and In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights. He is currently working on a new series of translations of the French writer Verlaine, with the aim of giving them a ‘homosexual reboot’. Richard also writes on opera and librettos for publications including The Guardian and presents The Opera Hour on Resonance 104.4FM.

Cheryl Martin A theatre director, writer, poet and jazz singer, Cheryl has produced shows for the Manchester International Festival, Contact Theatre, and Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. She takes subjects such as mental illness and race, and works them into pieces that are fearless, warm and funny. Her multimedia poetry collection Alaska was longlisted for the 2015 Polari Prize. She spoke to Rosie ahead of Queer’Say on the 6 October 2015 show.

Our thanks go to Arts Council England for supporting this event.

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Queer’Say September 2015

Dominic Berry photo: Ian Wallis

Dominic Berry
photo: Ian Wallis

Out in South London and Apples and Snakes present Queer’Say, a showcase of queer spoken word hosted by Rosie Wilby. After their performance, Rosie speaks to each artist about their work, life and writing and invites the audience to ask questions. This event was recorded at Rich Mix on 12 September and features a stellar line-up including AJ McKenna, Ernesto Sarezale and Dominic Berry.

AJ McKenna – Trans woman who ‘effin’ rocks!’, AJ McKenna published a pamphlet A Lady of a Certain Rage, won the 2011 Durham Mega Slam, and was a national finalist at the 2013 Superheroes of Slam contest.

Ernesto Sarezale – Basque cognitive scientist, published poet, performer, stand-up, cabaret act and video artist living in London. Ernesto’s creative work includes: concrete and ‘clickable’ poetry, body art and multimedia performance. He is the promoter of the quarterly erotic literary soiree, Velvet Tongue. He came into the studio to chat to Rosie ahead of the gig on 8 September 2015.

Dominic Berry – Manchester’s Premier Queer, Vegan Poet! Dominic has toured work for both children and adults across the UK and has performed his poetry on the BBC and Channel 4. He is a winner of Manchester Literature Festival’s prestigious Superheroes of Slam as well as New York’s Nuyorican Poetry Café Slam. Despite being vegan, he assures you he will never collapse on stage due to lack of protein; he is actually quite bouncy.

This event was reviewed by The LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review.

Our thanks go to Arts Council England for supporting this event.

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Special Interview: Howard Sounes

getimageWriter Howard Sounes speaks about Notes from the Velvet Underground – The Life of Lou Reed. When researching this biography, he also met Holly Woodlawn, the inspiration for the opening lines of Lou Reed’s hit Walk on the Wildside, who died last week on 6 December.

He tells our co-producer Sabine Schereck about the encounter, the story behind the song and writing this book.

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Listen again: 8 December 2015

240x4009780711236738Naomi Paxton sits in for Rosie for our final live show of the year.

She talks to Sandra McCay over the phone about her humorous memoir about life, family and unexpected revelations, Oy Vey My Daughter’s Gay.

Devon Cox, American-born writer/historian and author of The Street of Wonderful Possibilities: Whistler, Wilde & Sargent in Tite Street discusses queerness, dress and society ahead of his upcoming talk at the National Portrait Gallery on 17 December.

Cabaret artist Jonny Woo, who brought Lou Reed’s classic album Transformer to life at Soho Theatre earlier this year, reviews the biography Notes from the Velvet Underground – The Life of Lou Reed by Howard Sounes.

Paul Daly, author of this year’s RVT panto Charming Dick, joins us to chat about his strictly adults-only take on this traditional entertainment. Charming Dick runs until 7 January.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Memory Flowers: Life is Glorious
2) Allison Weiss: Who We Are from the album New Love
3) Lou Reed: Walk on the Wildside from the album Transformer
4) Pentatonix: Misbehavin’ from the album Pentatonix
5) Clare Teal: The Feeling’s Right from the album Jing, Jing-a-Ling

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Listen again: 1 December 2015

Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in the BBC Two series London Spy Photo: BBC/WTTV Limited)

Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in London Spy
Photo: BBC/WTTV Limited

Rosie speaks to Irish writer, actor and Fringe First Award winner Sonya Kelly about her show How to Keep an Alien which makes its London premiere at Soho Theatre from 1 – 19 December. It’s a funny, tender memoir about securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner.

We also hear from Amie Taylor, a writer, performer and director of The LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review website which celebrates its first anniversary this month.

Hoxton Radio’s Matt Williams is back with a review of the BBC Two drama series London Spy starring Ben Whishaw.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Ian Shaw: Feet Do Your Stuff from the album A Ghost in Every Bar
2) Lucy Spraggan: Someone from the album Join the Club
3) Brendan Maclean: Tectonic

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Listen again: 24 November 2015

Elmer Back in Peter Greenaway's film Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Elmer Bäck in Peter Greenaway’s film Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Rosie speaks to Attitude magazine deputy editor Cliff Joannou about his forthcoming appearance on two panels about male sexuality and body image at the Southbank’s Being a Man festival, which is on from 27 – 29 November.

Josefeen Foxter talks us through the highlights of this year’s Fringe! queer film and arts festival, which includes the London premiere of Peter Greenaway’s acclaimed film Eisenstein in Guanajuato and the lesbian frolic Dyke Hard. Fringe! runs until 27 November.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, artistic director at the King’s Head Theatre tells us about the venue’s recently extended runs of F*cking Men and 5 Guys Chillin’, a verbatim play about the recent developments in the gay scene regarding sex, drugs, the rise of HIV and the search for love.

Stephanie Dickinson, chair of Kenric – the lesbian social organisation which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, pops in to the studio along with their resident poet Anny Knight.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) John Grant: Down Here from the album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
2) Caroline Trettine: Statuesque from the album Gay Demo
3) Will Young: What the World Needs Now Is Love from the album 85% Proof
4) Girlboy: Jennifer Lawrence

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