Out In South London and Apples and Snakes present ‘Queer’Say’, a showcase for 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. It’s a series of events beginning in May. The first evening is part of Wandsworth Arts Festival and has Joelle Taylor, Sophia Blackwell and Keith Jarrett sharing the stage.
Sophia Blackwell is the author of the poetry collection ‘Into Temptation’ and the novel ‘After My Own Heart’. She performs at many festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Her presented poems include ‘Mixtape’, ‘In Vacation’, ‘Vintage’, ‘Angels and Men’ and ‘When It Finds You’.
Keith Jarrett was named UK Farrago poetry slam champion 2010 and a runner up at the Radio 4 slam finals 2007. He currently works as a poet in residence at a primary school in East London. His poems revolve around growing up in Northeast London, ordinary lives and relationships.
Joelle Taylor has performed internationally and on TV shows including ‘Faking It’ and ‘The One Show’ and radio shows including ‘Woman’s Hour’. She is Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK and works with children and teenagers helping them find a voice. Her poems included ‘Last Poet Standing’, ‘Fou Fou’, ‘Crystal Kisses’ and ‘The Correct Spelling of My Name’.
The first Queer’Say evening took place at the Bedford Pub in Balham and was recorded for Out in South London on 8th May. Here are the highlights divided in three chapters:
More Queer’Say performances will be presented on 4th July and 2nd October 2014 at the Canada Water Culture Space.
On 4th July the performers are Jasmine Ann Cooray, Nick Field and Cat Brogan. Tickets can be booked here.
On 2nd October Aoife Mannix, Jack Rooke and Anna Kahn share the stage. Tickets can be booked here.
Out in South London and Apple and Snakes thank the Arts Council England and Wandsworth Arts who made Queer’Say possible.