Happy New Year, kittens!
Are you ready for another raucous year of spoken word all written and performed by women? 'That's What She Said' is For Books’ Sake’s monthly open mic performance night, welcoming a wide range of speakers, from slam poetry to storytelling and contemporary political thought to comedy. We bring women’s voices to the forefront, while at the same time giving a platform to writers and performers we love.
Featured speakers on the night:
Leyla Josephine is a spoken word artist and theatre maker from Scotland. In 2014, she won 'Rally & Broad's Cultural Commonwealth Slam' and 'Hammer & Tongues UK National Slam'. Her work is always autobiographical and shines a new light on personal things that are often embarrassing. Her poetry moves from comical to serious effortlessly. She also works in different social context teaching drama and creative writing.
Barbara Nadel is a full-time author of two crime fiction series. One, the Cetin Ikmen series, is set in Istanbul and is published by Headline. The other, the Hakim and Arnold series, is set in the East End of London and is published by Quercus. Originally trained as an actress, Barbara has a degree in psychology and worked in psychiatric institutions before becoming a full-time writer. She is married with one son and one grandson and she currently lives in Essex. She is allowed to live in what she only thinks is her house, by the real owner, a Siamese cat called Lily.
Grace Pilkington is a writer and poet from Shepherd's Bush. She writes about taboo subject such as mental illness and women's issues. She performs at literary nights across London and has performed on the BBC World Service twice. She was long-listed for the Notting Hill Editions essay prize for her work Sugar-Coated on the contraceptive pill. She has completed an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University and writes a blog www.notatraceofgrace.com. When she is not writing, she works at a publishing company where she spends hours stroking freshly printed books.
Joelle Owusu is a Surrey-based writer who currently works in publishing. She recently graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc in Petroleum Geology. As a staunch advocate for intersectional feminism, she is committed to helping others acknowledge, accept and embrace their individuality. As a way of encouraging young people (especially People of Colour) to open up about their mental health, she self-published her dairy, ‘Otherness’ in October 2016. More recently, Joelle has contributed an essay to 404ink’s hotly-anticipated anthology, Nasty Women, which will be published in March 2017.
Josa Young studied English Literature at Cambridge University. She has been a features editor and writer on magazines and newspapers - including Vogue, Tatler, Country Living, Elle Decoration and the Times - and created her first online content in 1996, which she is still doing 20 years later. She blogs for the Huffington Post, and performs her poetry in London regularly. Her first novel One Apple Tasted was published in 2009 by Elliott & Thompson, her second, Sail Upon the Land, was published in December 2014.
Julie Reverb is a London-based fiction writer and former singer. Her writing has appeared in The Quietus, Necessary Fiction, Volume 1 Brooklyn, 3:AM, and Gorse. Her debut book No Moon is out now on Calamari Archive.
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!