"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 31st JULY
⭐ SUMIA JAAMA ⭐
Sumia Jaama/Juxun (@sumiajuxun) is Dutch-born Somali poet, educator and coder. Co-founder of SAWTI and winner of FourHubs’ 2018 Poetry Prize, she is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and a recent graduate of the Creative Writing and Education MA at Goldsmith, University of London. She often writes about movement and the constant process of leaving. Her work has been published in Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry, Khidr Zine Issue Two: Shifaa, Your name is a boat amongst others as well as poems commissioned by Royal Academy of Arts and Keats House Museum.
Hannah Raymond-Cox (@ChallahOutLoud) is a multi-slam winner, regular feature set poet, and a consummate performer up for a laugh. Highlights of her career include the Stanza Slam, National Poetry Slam Championships Finalist for Scotland, and she is one of the Bad Boys of Slam. She's also a noted spoken word theatre maker; her **** solo show POLARIS has toured the UK and will be performed as a full Edinburgh Fringe 2019 run at the Scottish Poetry Library. Her debut book "Amuse Girl" was published by Burning Eye Books this year.
Vesna Main (@VesnaMain) was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She is a graduate of comparative literature and holds a PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham. A lecturer at universities in Nigeria and the UK she also worked at the BBC and as a college teacher. Her publications include: a novel, A Woman with no Clothes On, a collection of short stories, Temptation, A User’s Guide (Salt, 2018) and a novel in dialogue, Good Day? (Salt 2019). Her autofiction Only A Lodger … And Hardly Thatwill be released by Seagull Books in June.
Ruby Martin (@rubymartinart) is a writer, comedian and artist who despite being very funny, has endeavored to try writing some (slightly) more serious stuff including short stories and essays, all of which no one will publish. She urges you to humour her, although do remember it's meant to be serious. She also runs a monthly alternative arts and crafts comedy night, Comical Comedy, and an anti-lifestyle magazine Trashfire, both of which are completely different and very funny.
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 £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!