"The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) that was called "feminism at its ruthless best" by Blouinart returns to The Book Club in Shoreditch.
Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards), That's What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women and non-binary writers, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.
LINE-UP FOR WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE
⭐ Emma McGordon ⭐
Emma McGordon (@emmacgordon) is an award winning writer originating from Cumbria. She has been invited to perform as part of Carol Ann Duffy and friends series at Manchester Royal Exchange is current writer in residence at Preston Park Centre Brighton with New Writing South and Creative Futures. She is a former winner of the Julia Darling Fellowship which allowed her to spend time working in San Francisco and she has also been wrier in residence at Shakespeare and Company , Paris and Atlantis Books, Santorini.
Rosie Garland, Cheryl Powell and Sam Mills will be helping to launch "Disturbing the Beast" a new anthology from the independent publisher, Boudicca Press. The collection comprises of weird fiction stories that explore lesser talked about female centred topics by some of the best women writers in the UK, including Kirsty Logan and Aliya Whiteley.
- Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and sings with post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her work has appeared in Under the Radar, The North, New Welsh Review, Rialto & elsewhere. The Times has described her writing as “a delight: playful and exuberant.”
- Sam Mills is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self, several YA novels published by Faber, and the forthcoming memoir The Fragments of my Father, (4th Estate 2019). She also contributed an essay to the anthology Know Your Place (Dead Ink). Sam is the co-founder of indie press Dodo Ink.
- Cheryl Powell’s short stories have appeared in the Mechanics’ Institute Review, Litro, Everyday Fiction and Spelk and in the anthologies Rattles Tales, published as part of the Brighton Prize 2015, and Breaking the Surface, part of the South Wales short story competition 2015. She lives in Droitwich Spa.
Marcelle Mateki Akita (@matekiwrites) is a writer, consultant, co-founder of Afrikult. and blogs on matekiwrites. She co-produces the Africa Writesfestival in London. Her fiction appears in online and print journals, Lizard & Other Stories is her first collection. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Morland Writing Scholarships.
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 £8 (£5 student or unwaged) now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 (£7 student or unwaged) 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...
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!