"The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) is back for a rabble rousing 2018!
Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), That's What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.
Agnes Torok (@agnestorokpoet) is an award winning spoken word artist and spoken word theatre writer. She is an author and TED speaker. A workshop leader and poetry event organiser. Torok has been invited to perform on four continents and has toured internationally in two languages. Having headlined international poetry festivals, arts festivals and science festivals, Torok is regularly invited to lecture at universities and schools about the topics closest to her heart: mental health and gender-based violence.
Note: Agnes will be reading from her new book We Need to Talk - a poetry collection on sexual violence, survivorship and solidarity. We Need To Talk instead looks at gender-based violence structurally, taking Agnes's own experiences as a starting point to discuss the normalization of sexual violence in contemporary society. Agnes pulls no punches in this frank and honest collection, and she is right. We do need to talk about this.
Bridget Hart (@beehartyeah) is a DIY punk poet. Navigating through ideas about feminism, mental health and being part of a far from perfect punk scene, Bridget’s words will get stuck in your teeth and you’ll be picking them out for days. She has performed alongside MC Dizraeli, Maria Ferguson, Emily Harrison, Pete the Temp and Hannah Teasadale. She has toured with Henry Raby and contributed to the Home Cooking Podcast with Riot Nrrrds. In 2013 she released a zine of poems called Scraped Knees and Sob Stories and in April released her first chapbook Better Watch Your Mouth (Burning Eye Books). She has just finished the first WRIOTE tour with Ren Aldridge and Efa Supertramp. She is currently working on her first show – Riot Mouth, which compiles a herstory of DIY punk.
Linda Wilkinson (@LindaSWilkinson) is a polymath; born into a working-class family with some 400 years of history in the East End she has been in turn an accountant, a scientist, a Human Rights activist who became Chair of Amnesty International, and currently a writer. Her first play Dust at Midnight won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award and her first history book the Raymond Williams Prize. Her most recent work, Columbia Road – Of Blood and Belonging is a memoir of the first thirty-three years of her life. Described as “Jaw-dropping” in its honesty and “Dickensian” in the evocation of a childhood spent on Columbia Road, she comes to “That’s what she said” to share her views on gentrification, community, coming-out and the need for eccentric grandmothers’ in our lives.
Helen Cox (@helenography) is a UK author from North Yorkshire who wound up in London after accidentally taking a left turn at Albuquerque. Over the last decade she founded and edited New Empress Magazine, has penned three non-fiction books and written for The Guardian, The Spectator and Film4.Com. Her first two novels were recently published by Harper Collins. When she is not writing or pontificating on the merits of Grease 2, Helen can be found at City Lit college where she coordinates the poetry and non-fiction courses.
Jessica Foteskew (@jessicafostekew) writes for Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats, she co-hosts mega-podcast 'The Guilty Feminist', hosts BBC R4 Extra's 'The Comedy Club' and starred in recent BBC2 Sharon Horgan hit sitcom 'Motherland'.
Harriet Kemsley (@harrietkemsley) was seen in Bobby & Harriet Get Married VICELAND, Comedy Central's Roast Battle, Kevin Hart's LOL Live taped at Just For Laughs Montreal, Jo Brand's Channel4 Sitcom DAMNED and an Awkward waitress in DOCTOR FOSTER. 'A quirky, refreshingly charming comedian at the dawn of her TV career,' The Radio Times.
WHAT THEY SAY...
"To put it bluntly, I'd never come across a spoken word night with such a fantastic lineup. 'How have I never come across this before?', I kept asking myself, 'this is everything I've ever wanted from a night out...'
I was blown away. I left feeling inspired, with renewed confidence in my own abilities, and almost missed my tube stop on the way home trying to write down scraps of poetry and prose.
Not only is That's What She Said a great place to see talented literary performers, for everyone and not just women, but it provides a space for women to shout and scream their anger, their frustrations, their desires; a space without censorship, without objectification and without the dreaded “it must be her time of the month” quip. I think For Books’ Sake is doing some really important work." (Thanks SexyVeg for this recent review of one of our London shows!)
Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a burning desire to speak
out and speak up.
Get your tickets for only £7 now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 on the door.
And remember - For Books' Sake is a volunteer led, community organisation so all your pennies will be going back into championing women writers!