Those of you who follow me on Twitter will probably already be aware of my recent coverage of the queer spoken word scene here in London. Back in May I went to the inaugural Queer’Say event, a great new series of queer spoken word evenings, devised by comedian and broadcaster Rosie Wilby and recorded for the weekly LGBT radio show Out In South London. I reviewed that first show for Exeunt, and you can listen to the highlights via the Out In South London site.
The poets on that first evening, Sophia Blackwell, Joelle Taylor and Keith Jarrett, were brilliant and inspiring, so much so that, as a result, I ended up pitching a series of articles and interviews about spoken word – and particularly what it’s like for queer artists in London – to Chris and Bryon, who run the excellent queer arts and culture website, Polari. You can read my introduction to spoken word as an art form on Polari here, as well as my interviews with Sophia, Keith and Nick Field, one of the poets who performed at the second Queer’Say event on 4th July.
One of the other contributors to Polari is the American poet and activist Walter Thomas Beck III, whom I also interviewed for the series, and it was fascinating to have an American perspective.
I also spoke to Rosie herself about the inspiration behind Queer’Say, and you can find out a bit more about what to expect from the next event (which will be on October 2nd at the Canada Water Culture Space in East London) in that interview here.