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Spoken Word London shared a post.1 week ago
Check out the third episode of the Dead Darlings Podcast, featuring Jah-Mir Early, a book review of Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey and guest hosted by The Repeat Beat Poet, alongside Laurie Eaves and Rebecca Cooney.
Also have a look at this detailed list of poetry events and opportunities this month:
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Spoken Word London added 78 new photos — with Andrew Tubman at VFD.1 week ago
Here are our photos from our last event. Thanks to everyone who came along to listen and to all our wonderful speakers. Special thanks to Cathal Moran for capturing the night with these brilliant photos. Please feel free to tag yourselves and share. Join us for our next event on the 16th of October!
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Spoken Word London2 weeks ago
We attended the Collyer Bristow prize giving event for debut fiction the other night, with The London Magazine, and Caoillin Hughes' acceptance speech on the struggles of writers in the modern day was a searing inditement of the UK's woefully underfunded current cultural landscape:

'Writers’ lives are ever more precarious and perilous in this neo-liberal vortex, such that this one-thousand-pound prize amounts to 9.5% of a professional writer’s annual income in this country. Of course, philanthrocapitalism is a symptom of failing public services, and a government throwing culture under the lie-inscribed bus. For that sad reality, prizes like this constitute life support for literary fiction (which is simply to say fiction of the non-blockbuster variety) and prizes like this are vital for small publishers; increasingly the only publishers to publish art-house films and (Higgs forbid) subtitled films, to resist market forces, whereby books are products first, artworks fifth.'

Please give her speech a read and, if you're inspired, maybe pick up a copy of her newly prize-winning debut novel 'Orchid & the Wasp' to support new writers and publishers, and get a great read in the process.
Spoken Word London
Spoken Word London3 weeks ago
GOOD NEWS!! The National Poetry Library are keeping membership free for now thanks to this petition and the hundreds of people who opposed their plans to start charging.

https://www.change.org/p/the-national-poetry-library-keep-the-national-poetry-library-free/u/25123376
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Spoken Word London shared a post.3 weeks ago
The Grass is Always Grindr, written by the brilliant Patrick Cash who founded SWL airs tonight on London Live! You can watch it on TV at 11pm or check it out on YouTube now
Spoken Word London
Spoken Word London3 weeks ago
We are sad to learn that from the 2nd of October membership of the National Poetry Library will no longer be free. It is an amazing resource for poets at the Southbank Centre. If you can, we recommend joining before the 2nd (you need to bring photo id and proof of address) when the £35 per year membership fee kicks in.

If you, like us, think that this resource should be kept free and accessible to all sign Arjunan Manuelpillai's petition here: https://www.change.org/p/the-national-poetry-library-keep-the-national-poetry-library-free

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