£8 / £5 concessions
That's What She Said is "feminism at its ruthless best." - (Blouinart), "the biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) and was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards).
Expect fierce, fabulous, feminist spoken word, hosted by DIY punk poet, Bridget Hart. As always, we'll be showcasing the best new writing and performance by womxn and non-binary writers, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.
*VENUE CHANGE: We will be ROUGH TRADE BRISTOL, BS1 2QD for this event!
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Penny Pepper is an acclaimed author, performer and activist. A versatile, witty and candid writer she performs across the UK and overseas. Penny’s debut poetry collection Come Home Alive, was published by Burning Eye Books, September 2018. Its racy cover was immediately banned on Facebook! The collection is available in all bookshops. Penny’s recent memoir, First in the World Somewhere charts her punky coming of age and creative journey in the Thatcher years and beyond. First in the World Somewhere is published in hardback by Unbound and launched at The Royal Festival Hall. The actor/activist Liz Carr praised its wit and candour when she chose it as her personal pick on Radio 4’s ‘A Good Read’ in October 2018. Penny also guests regularly as a columnist for The Guardian, The Huffington Post and other titles and appears on TV & Radio.
"Penny Pepper's work is a virtuoso display of wit, invention and courage. It's thought provoking and funny and moving and makes us see the world differently"
- Dame Margaret Drabble.
Grace Cohen is a performance poet, perpetual student, and chronic over-sharer. Originally from Bristol, she has performed in festivals, bars, and bedrooms around the United Kingdom, winning the annual WOMAD festival slam, and representing Bristol in the Hammer and Tongue Slam national final at The Royal Albert Hall. She is currently working towards her MA in English Literature at Goldsmiths College, London. Calling This Body Home is Grace's debut collection, out May 2019 with Burning Eye Books.
SHAGUFTA K. IQBAL
An award-winning artist and poet who uses arts to reach out and engage with audiences who feel their experiences are not reflected within traditional and mainstream arts. Described by Gal Dem (a vibrant zine for young women of colour) as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’ Her poetry collection Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam published with Burning Eye Books, has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla (editor of the 2016 best-selling ‘The Good Immigrant’) as ‘a social political masterclass in its exploration of cities, cultures, race, food and family’.
Kat is a Bristol-based poet and performance storyteller. She brings her storytelling experience to her poetry and mixes serious subjects with a light touch, exploring themes as diverse as mass extinction, ageing, the #metoo movement, and grief-induced bad haircuts.
Kat won the 2017 Bristol Storyfest Story Slam, was a regional finalist in the 2018 Hammer and Tongue slam and won both the 2019 Milk Poetry Superslam and the 2019 Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival Slam. She was once paid to ride around Bath harassing the public from the back of an electric stegosaurus. This remains the highlight of her career.
Kat sees spoken word performance as the original DIY entertainment, and believe it has the power to engage all ages and demographics in creatively interpreting their experiences. She believes that poetry is relevant to everyone, and that everyone has a story to tell, and a voice worth hearing.