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Full line up confirmed…

outspoken2[1]The full line up for 23rd June is all set, and an exciting line up it is too! There’s going to be a great mix of styles and points of view. They’ll be introduced properly in a series of posts this week, but here’s a bit of a preview…

Jo Clifford – leading playwright and performer, author of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven.

Harry Giles – poet, performance-maker, founder of friend of OUT:SPOKEN, Inky Fingers.

Wendy Miller – performer and playwright, Glasgay! veteran

Graeme Hawley – former Scottish Slam champion, curator of Tricolour at the National Library of Scotland.

And… you?? We’re also going to have a small open mic section! 5 minutes on stage to do a poem, dramatic monologue, rap, short story, flash fiction, diary entry – whatever words you fancy sharing… This is open to everyone; self identified non-straight performers can perform on any subject they like, but any straight allies who’d like to take to the stage are respectfully asked to do so in the spirit of support for their queer friends, by keeping it on the topic of queer issues. Email to get a slot!


Announcing – OUT:SPOKEN #2!

We are very excited to announce that OUT:SPOKEN is back!

We’ll be taking over the new Bongo Club from 3pm til 6pm 23rd June, for a line-up of fierce and lovely spoken word. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, at 66 Cowgate, and there will be a bar for some cheeky Sunday afternoon pints if you so desire!

Tickets are £6/£4(conc) so that we can pay the acts and venue, and make sure we have a bit of cash to do it again. Concessions are for students, seniors, unemployed people, people on benefits, and people on a low wage.

Watch this space for announcements about who will be on the bill!

(image by _e.t)

Hello from OUT:SPOKEN

Hello! This is the internet home of OUT:SPOKEN, a quarterly showcase of queer spoken word. It’s run by me, Katherine McMahon, with help and advice from various poets and queers and queer poets. outspoken

It started in 2012 with what I thought might be a one-off event. On July 8th, we packed out the Jazz Bar with poets and queers and queer poets, to hear a line-up of 9 of the best queer Scottish spoken word artists. I had such a great time – and so many requests for more, please – that I decided to make it a quarterly thing.

That first OUT:SPOKEN was a response to chatting with other poets who felt worried that expressing their queer identities would earn them the label of a niche poet, put people off listening, or make people take them less seriously.  Obviously, this will not do! By putting together an event series which showcases established queer performers, I hope to provide some inspiration and encouragement to newer LGBTQ poets, as well as practically supporting LGBTQ artists through the ticket sales. OUT:SPOKEN is a space where queer poets (both performing and in the audience) can be unafraid, proud, and celebrated – and go back into the rest of the spoken word scene with a community behind them. It’s also a great chance for our straight allies to express their support. I hope that the night  will go some way to making more poets feel comfortable to come out as queer… and perhaps more queers will feel comfortable to come out as poets!