London's premier night of poetry and live music

Out-Spoken is a poetry organisation that celebrates diversity of voice in writing and performance. Through live events, tours and publication it gives a platform to artists whose work is innovative, authentic and plural. 

Founded in 2012 by Anthony Anaxagorou, Out-Spoken is run by Anthony Anaxagorou, Karim Kamar, Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield, Joelle Taylor and Tom MacAndrew.

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Out-Spoken Live

Out-Spoken Live invites the UK’s leading poets, rappers and musicians to share their art at a monthly showcase at London's 100 Club.  Previous performers include: Simon Armitage, Brian Patten, Kate Tempest, Akala, Inua Ellams, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hollie McNish,  John Hegley and many more.

In 2018 we will also be presenting shows at Bradford Literature Festival, Birmingham Rep and Nottingham Playhouse.



Out-Spoken runs monthly masterclasses hosted by the Poetry Society, offering the chance to work with leading poets to develop your writing.  Subsidised places for young writers are available.

Prize for poetry

Out-Spoken's annual prize for poetry recognises excellence in page poetry, poetry performance and poetry film, offering a £700 prize to the overall winner. Former winners include: Fran Lock, Jolade Olusanya and Colin McGuire.

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International artists

This November join us at Kings Place as we offer the rare opportunity to acclaimed poet sam sax perform in the UK. sax’s extraordinary ability to animate his histories through language has seen him leap across cultural borders, challenge stigma and explore the complexities of today. Discover sax’s diverse and inquisitive body of work investigating the contrasting facets of his own identity. From the complexities of mental health, to queer preconceptions, to stories of the Jewish diaspora, sax questions his ancestry about some of the most pressing matters of our time.

Mon 19 Nov | LONDON Kings Place

This event is part of our US Poets touring programme, delivered in partnership with Poet in the City. Together we are co-producing and co-curating a series of events bringing exciting US artists to the UK to deliver workshops and live performances.


Out-Spoken Press publishes a broad range of poetry and critical writing, championing diversity within UK publishing. Out-Spoken Press poets include Sabrina Mahfouz, Fran Lock, Bridget Minamore and Raymond Antrobus.

"Out-Spoken is an exhilarating, vibrant, life-affirming and belief-challenging experience.”
Simon Armitage

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