"The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) and shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), is back! 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.
Speaking on the night:
Headliner Jessica Fostekew (@jessicafostekew) is a comedian, actor and writer. She co-hosts the mighty 'Guilty Feminist' podcast as well as having her own, 'Hoovering' ALL about eating. She starred in BBC 2's Motherland and is about to be in feature film 'Official Secrets' as well as Netflix sitcom 'Cuckoo'. "Great stuff, wears her smarts on her sleeve" The Guardian
Comedian, author and broadcaster Rosie Wilby (@rosiewilby) has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and at major festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude. A Funny Women 2006 finalist and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007, she has been touring award-winning solo shows internationally ever since. Her first book 'Is Monogamy Dead?' (Accent Press) got rave reviews and follows her TEDx talk of the same name and was shortlisted in the Memoir category at the inaugural Diva Literary Awards.
Josa Young (@JosaYoung) is a Vogue Talent Contest alumna, her editorial career started on the magazine. An early novel, One Apple Tasted, was picked up and published in 2009, reigniting her creativity. Her second novel, Sail Upon the Land, came out in 2014 and was long listed for an Historical Novel Society award. Since then, due to various pressures, she's only been able to write poetry, and her first poem, Kissing, was published in the first issue of new magazine The Amorist in May 2017.
Elysse Adjemon (@ArtByElysse) is a British artist and social entrepeneur who desires to impart passion and enthusiasm for creating art and living life to the fullest. She does this by telling her story, writing poetry, painting and promoting #project28shadesofgrey - a revolutionary mental health project she has initiated. Elysse has written a book about what drives her to create art, live life, and what drove her to found social enterprise Dare to Hope. Elysse's book 'NAKED' will be released end of April 2018.
Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable to email email@example.com 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!
WHAT THEY SAY...
"This is feminism at its ruthless best." - Blouinart
"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!