Anti-Hate Festival

Each year we run a special ‘Spoken Word London: Anti-Hate’ featuring SWL regulars speaking out against hate. This year, to celebrate 5 years of SWL we are proud to announce that we have been awarded Arts Council funding to put together an Anti-Hate Anthology and organise our Anti-Hate Festival which will take place at the Bunker Theatre, London Bridge on the 10th and 11th of February 2019.

Want to visit the exhibition?

Exhibition open to the public:  

Sunday 12-7pm and Monday 4-7pm (Just turn up)

The exhibition will feature over 60 photographs taken over the last five years by our wonderful photographers: George Sydney Selwyn-Brace, Marie De Lutz, Laurie Poole, Lauren Marschall, Anthony Adams and Cathal Moran.    Some of the poets featured in the photographs will be appearing throughout the day to do an impromptu 5 minute performance of their work.

Alongside the photographs there will be a video installation and five different sound installations to listen to, spanning the last five years of Spoken Word London. A team of volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions and curate the live performances (look out for the person in the top hat).

This exhibition has been designed by the incredible Iris Colomb.

Want to take part in a workshop?

Ekphrastic Workshops: Sunday 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and Monday 5pm

Each session lasts approx 30 mins (Just turn up)

Ekphrasis means description in Greek. These workshops have been carefully designed by Iris Colomb to complement the exhibition and will involve engaging with the images to produce a short piece of writing.  Open to all ages and abilities.

Want to witness some powerful live spoken word?

Impromptu Portrait-Poet Performances: 

Organised throughout the day and on the hour     

From 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm on Sunday and from 6pm on Monday

Anti-Hate Anthology Book Launch:               

Featuring performances from the talents that are: Dean Atta, Tim Wells, Janine Booth, Desree, Hannah Chuzpah, Rebecca Cooney, Jake Wild Hall, Eloise Stevens, Priyanka Moorjani, Kath Blair, plus some open mic spots (priority will be given to those published in the book) 

Free live event but pre-booking recommended – limited tickets available on the door. Readings begin at 8pm Sunday 10th

Spoken Word London – 5th Anniversary Anti-Hate Special: 

Featuring performances from the wondrous: Jacob V Joyce, Bethany Rose, Caroline Teague, Tyrone Lewis and more, plus open mic slots (sign up from 7.30pm) 

Free live event but pre-booking recommended – limited tickets available on the door. Readings begin at 8pm Monday 11th

Special Program of workshops:


Writing Workshop with Keith Jarrett –  Monday 12-1pm: 

Free but pre-booking essential – limited spaces

Editing Workshop with Patrick Cash and Hannah Gordon

  – Monday 1.30-2.30 pm: 

Free but pre-booking essential – limited spaces

Performance Workshop with Kat Francois – Monday 3-4pm:

Free but pre-booking essential – limited spaces