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.