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Southampton 19th - 28th October SO: To Speak Festival

Spoken Word and Poetry, Live Literature, Heritage, Theatre, Comedy, and Storytelling

 

‘To me, poetry is someone standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what is it for him or her to be on this earth at that moment’.   Galway Kinnell

Words on Wheels @ Westquay
  • 28th October 2017
  • Westquay South
CSI Southampton
  • 28th October 2017
  • Southampton Central Library
Schlock!
  • 28th October 2017
  • The Stage Door
The Anti-Slam
  • 28th October 2017
  • The Stage Door
Words on Wheels @ Westquay
Westquay South
Oct 28, 2017
Have you ever listened to a comedian on a bus? Watched a live show, or taken part in an outdoor poetry contest? Words on Wheels is your chance! Four vintage buses – creating 7 stages – will be pulling up outside Westquay South, and an army of poets, comedians, and storytellers from across the city...
SO:Write Women Writing Workshop
The Art House
Oct 19, 2017
Led by 2014 Bath Novel of the Year Winner, Joanna Barnard. Write, learn and share in this creative workshop. 11am
Antigone
Maskers Studio Theatre
Oct 17, 2017
Sophocles' iconic tragedy returns to the stage in this adaptation by Southampton's own Maskers Theatre Company. 7:30pm
Lemn Sissay: Something Dark
Nuffield Southampton (NST) - Campus
Oct 19, 2017
Something Dark is a one-man play that tells the story of celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay's, upbringing in children's homes and foster care, and the search for his family and true identity. 7:30pm
In Conversation with Cheryl Butler
Southampton Central Library
Oct 19, 2017
Southampton author and academic, Cheryl Butler, appears in conversation with James Gough. 7:30pm
Three Monkeys
The Art House
Oct 20, 2017
Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce three more of the best acoustic musical talent around. The format is 'in the round' with all three performers on stage together, taking it in turns, one song at a time. 8pm This month's Monkeys are Davey Jones, Jack Dale and The Real Raj.
Southampton Showboat: Whisper, Speak, Shout!
The Stage Door
Oct 20, 2017
For one night only, Southampton's finest writers and performers will be taking part in this exciting literary showcase - and it's all for you! 8pm
SO:Write Women Writing Workshop
Southampton Central Library
Oct 21, 2017
Led by 2014 Bath Novel of the Year Winner, Joanna Barnard. Write, learn and share in this creative workshop. 10:15am
Regency Tea Party
Cobbett Road Library
Oct 21, 2017
"Join us for a party inspired by Jane Austen and the Regency period. There will be regency style food, dancing, games and activities for children. Test your knowledge with our quiz and find out which books inspired Jane, plus lots more!" 12pm
The Science Room
The Art House
Oct 28, 2017
An exciting, interactive discussion with real scientists. You ask the questions, we find the answers! 12pm
How can you and I ever be free in the 21st C?
Tower House
Oct 21, 2017
Join artists Walter van Rijn, creator the Being Human font, and Jane Birkin to discuss art and archives, words and images, descriptions and lists, titles and text as art. 2pm
An Evening with Pam Ayres
Nuffield Southampton (NST) - Campus
Oct 21, 2017
A guaranteed evening of fun and laughter with poet, comedian, songwriter and presenter, Pam Ayres. 7:30pm
The Pendle Witch
The Art House
Oct 21, 2017
Travel back ito 1636 with actress Lexi Wolfe in this spooky show, just in time for Halloween. Discover the struggles of the women locked inside The Witches' Tower of Lancaster Castle. 7:30pm
Writing from History Workshop
Tower House
Oct 22, 2017
Visual artists Kirsty Smith and Jo Willoughby and playwright Deborah Gearing share their different approaches to creating written responses to history. 10:30am
Jane Austen and the Waterman: An Encounter in Southampton
The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Oct 22, 2017
The world premiere of this new play, about Jane Austen and songwriter Charles Dibdin. See the possibilities of these two famous figures' paths crossing in Southampton. 4pm
Forget Me Not
The Art House
Oct 22, 2017
Described as "a disturbing masterpiece", Forget Me Not is a must-see. This witty one-man show explores the difficulties of solving a murder whilst living with dementia. 6:5pm
The Sunday Scratch
The Stage Door
Oct 22, 2017
A Sunday afternoon of scratch theatre, comedy, and conversation featuring Michelle Madsen with her new show, and a lot of laughs from the Comedy Lab. 2pm
Mayflower Young Writers Workshop
The Mayflower Theatre
Oct 23, 2017
Calling all young authors, poets and playwrights! Looking for the chance to gain skills, confidence and experience in writing? Mayflower Young Writers want you! This workshop will be focusing on the festival theme of "changing times". 10:30am
Taking the Floor at Ford
Mettricks Old Town
Oct 23, 2017
Women engineers from the former Ford Transit plant in Swaythling tell oral historian Padmini Broomfield about their experiences. 7:30pm
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Nuffield Southampton (NST) - Campus
Oct 23, 2017
All the best words in the best order. A showcase of local, national and international poetry and spoken word. 7:30pm
Writers WLTM…
The Docks Coffee House
Oct 23, 2017
The Docks is hosting this special SO: To Speak writers' get-together. Make it a date to come along and meet other writers, self-published authors and aspiring novelists. Who knows where it might lead? 7:30pm
Writers WLTM…
The Docks Coffee House
Oct 23, 2017
The Docks is hosting this special SO: To Speak writers' get-together. Make it a date to come along and meet other writers, self-published authors and aspiring novelists. Who knows where it might lead? 7:30pm
Intercambio
The Art House
Oct 19, 2017
Spanish language café. All abilities welcome. 7pm
The Art House Book Club
The Art House
Oct 19, 2017
The Art House Book Club welcomes you to join in the fun. Bring your questions and opinions. All kinds of book lovers welcome! 7:30pm
Café des Amis
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
French language café. All abilities welcome. 12:30
BSL with Tony
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
British Sign Language café. All abilities welcome. 6pm
Three Monkeys
The Art House
Oct 20, 2017
Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce three more of the best acoustic musical talent around. The format is 'in the round' with all three performers on stage together, taking it in turns, one song at a time. 8pm This month's Monkeys are Davey Jones, Jack Dale and The Real Raj.
Rory McLeod
The Art House
Oct 24, 2017
Experience Rory McLeod’s songs in a fresh and exciting new musical environment, accompanied by The Familiar Strangers. 7:30pm
Jon Hart and Maneli Jamal
Oct 28, 2017
Award-winning singer-songwriters and finger-style guitarists guitarists bring their UK and European tour to Southampton. 7:45pm
An Evening with Pam Ayres
Nuffield Southampton (NST) - Campus
Oct 21, 2017
A guaranteed evening of fun and laughter with poet, comedian, songwriter and presenter, Pam Ayres. 7:30pm
Forget Me Not
The Art House
Oct 22, 2017
Described as "a disturbing masterpiece", Forget Me Not is a must-see. This witty one-man show explores the difficulties of solving a murder whilst living with dementia. 6:5pm
Stand Up in the Basement
Mango No. 5 Basement Bar & Nightspot
Oct 24, 2017
Some big laughter therapy at the start of the week, staged in the perfect environment for comedy: small, cosy and underground. 8pm
Manford’s Comedy Club
The Stage Door
Oct 27, 2017
This month featuring Debra Jane Appleby, Hugh Davies and Stewart Goldsmith. Hosted in The Stage Door, Southampton's one-stop entertainment venue. 8pm
Words on Wheels @ Westquay
Westquay South
Oct 28, 2017
Have you ever listened to a comedian on a bus? Watched a live show, or taken part in an outdoor poetry contest? Words on Wheels is your chance! Four vintage buses – creating 7 stages – will be pulling up outside Westquay South, and an army of poets, comedians, and storytellers from across the city...
SO:Write Women Writing Workshop
Southampton Central Library
Oct 21, 2017
Led by 2014 Bath Novel of the Year Winner, Joanna Barnard. Write, learn and share in this creative workshop. 10:15am
Regency Tea Party
Cobbett Road Library
Oct 21, 2017
"Join us for a party inspired by Jane Austen and the Regency period. There will be regency style food, dancing, games and activities for children. Test your knowledge with our quiz and find out which books inspired Jane, plus lots more!" 12pm
The Science Room
The Art House
Oct 28, 2017
An exciting, interactive discussion with real scientists. You ask the questions, we find the answers! 12pm
Mayflower Young Writers Workshop
The Mayflower Theatre
Oct 23, 2017
Calling all young authors, poets and playwrights! Looking for the chance to gain skills, confidence and experience in writing? Mayflower Young Writers want you! This workshop will be focusing on the festival theme of "changing times". 10:30am
Writers WLTM…
The Docks Coffee House
Oct 23, 2017
The Docks is hosting this special SO: To Speak writers' get-together. Make it a date to come along and meet other writers, self-published authors and aspiring novelists. Who knows where it might lead? 7:30pm
Blood & Valour: A Legend in Comics
Waterstones West Quay
Oct 24, 2017
Enter the world of legend and comic with readings and illustrations with the creators of "Blood & Valour: The Legends of the Knight Sir Bevis". 6pm
Entropics Experimental Poetry
Mettricks Old Town
Oct 24, 2017
This new series of exciting experimental poetry returns for the SO:To Speak Festival! Featuring the extraordinary poetry of Samantha Walton. 7pm
Write a Note
The Talking Heads
Oct 24, 2017
Step up to the mic at Write a Note, where Issa Loyaan Farrah welcomes all spoken word performers, and this month's special guest, dramatist, writer and novelist, Eric Ngalle Charles. 8pm
Magical Stuff: A Fantasy Writing Workshop
Southampton Central Library
Oct 24, 2017
Learn how to write fantasy fiction. Discover everything you need to make your words truly enchanting, with the help of Southampton Libraries Writer in Residence, Nazneen Ahmed. for 10-16 year olds. 10:30am
Tea With Terry
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
Come along and watch Pratchett's remarkable speech, and join others to discuss your favourite Discworld passages. 2:30pm
Southampton Libraries Favourite Book to Share Award 2017 – Launch Event
Shirley Library
Oct 26, 2017
An exciting contest that encourages parents, carers and children to read and share selected picture books and vote for their favourite. The books are available to borrow from your local library. 10:30am Vote for your chance to win a set of the books!
It’s Halloween!
Bitterne Library
Oct 26, 2017
Be enchanted and entertained by The Hagstone Storyteller, and come along to an afternoon of stories and music with Michael O'Leary. 2pm
Dragons and Dinosaurs: Who Says They Don’t Exist?
Woolston Library
Oct 27, 2017
An afternoon of fun for little adventurerors: get to meet some real-life dragons and creepy crawlies. Learn all about these interesting animals and their owner, writer, Veronica Cossanteli. Ages 7+ 11am
Story Hunt with Theatre Biscuit
Southampton Central Library
Oct 28, 2017
Let your little ones explore Southampton using the powers of storytelling and imagination. Lead by Theatre Biscuit and Rob Iliffe, this story hunt will be fun for all the family! Suitable for ages 4+, families and younger siblings welcome. 10:30am
Café des Amis
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
French language café. All abilities welcome. 12:30
Imagined Futures Exhibition
K6 Gallery
Sep 01, 2017
See Peter Driver's new exhibition in the iconic K6 Gallery. The Imagined Futures Exhibition is a portrayal of a potential education system, with creativity as priority. All day event
In Conversation with Cheryl Butler
Southampton Central Library
Oct 19, 2017
Southampton author and academic, Cheryl Butler, appears in conversation with James Gough. 7:30pm
Regency Tea Party
Cobbett Road Library
Oct 21, 2017
"Join us for a party inspired by Jane Austen and the Regency period. There will be regency style food, dancing, games and activities for children. Test your knowledge with our quiz and find out which books inspired Jane, plus lots more!" 12pm
Taking the Floor at Ford
Mettricks Old Town
Oct 23, 2017
Women engineers from the former Ford Transit plant in Swaythling tell oral historian Padmini Broomfield about their experiences. 7:30pm
Southampton to the New World
Southampton Central Library
Oct 24, 2017
"Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World" author, James Evans, takes us on a journey to discover why people sailed to North America in the seventeenth century and the important role played by Southampton in making it happen. 7:30pm
We Die Like Brothers: The Sinking of the SS Mendi
Southampton Central Library
Oct 26, 2017
Marine archaeologist Graham Scott describes the sinking of the SS Mendi 100 years ago with the tragic loss of over 800 men. The majority were black South Africans sent to the UK to help with the war effort. 7:30pm
Words on Wheels @ Westquay
Westquay South
Oct 28, 2017
Have you ever listened to a comedian on a bus? Watched a live show, or taken part in an outdoor poetry contest? Words on Wheels is your chance! Four vintage buses – creating 7 stages – will be pulling up outside Westquay South, and an army of poets, comedians, and storytellers from across the city...
Lemn Sissay: Something Dark
Nuffield Southampton (NST) - Campus
Oct 19, 2017
Something Dark is a one-man play that tells the story of celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay's, upbringing in children's homes and foster care, and the search for his family and true identity. 7:30pm
Southampton Showboat: Whisper, Speak, Shout!
The Stage Door
Oct 20, 2017
For one night only, Southampton's finest writers and performers will be taking part in this exciting literary showcase - and it's all for you! 8pm
The Sunday Scratch
The Stage Door
Oct 22, 2017
A Sunday afternoon of scratch theatre, comedy, and conversation featuring Michelle Madsen with her new show, and a lot of laughs from the Comedy Lab. 2pm
451
Nuffield Southampton (NST) - Campus
Oct 23, 2017
All the best words in the best order. A showcase of local, national and international poetry and spoken word. 7:30pm
Entropics Experimental Poetry
Mettricks Old Town
Oct 24, 2017
This new series of exciting experimental poetry returns for the SO:To Speak Festival! Featuring the extraordinary poetry of Samantha Walton. 7pm
Write a Note
The Talking Heads
Oct 24, 2017
Step up to the mic at Write a Note, where Issa Loyaan Farrah welcomes all spoken word performers, and this month's special guest, dramatist, writer and novelist, Eric Ngalle Charles. 8pm
Use Your Words
Brewdog
Oct 25, 2017
Join regular host Alex Thornber for an evening of fast words and flowing ale. 8pm
Haunted: The Travelling Talesman
The Art House
Oct 26, 2017
As Halloween gets ever-closer, The Travelling Talesman is here to bring you the spookiest of stories, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. 7:30pm
Flash Fiction Showcase
Mettricks Old Town
Oct 27, 2017
An evening of sizzling short stories with David Swann and FJ Morris, hosted by National Flash Fiction Day Director Calum Kerr. 7:30pm
Moving Voices
The Art House
Oct 27, 2017
The open mic night that welcomes musicians, poets and storytellers alike, hosted this month by Tea Poet Syd Meats, with special guest, Southampton folk legend, Brian Hooper. 8pm
Words on Wheels
Western Esplanade
Oct 28, 2017
What do you get when you fill a vintage bus with poets and storytellers? Words on Wheels - a grand outdoor festival finale where anyone can take part. 2pm-6pm
The Anti-Slam
The Stage Door
Oct 28, 2017
How bad can poetry get? Well, this is a competition to find out! The only event where the worst poem wins. The Anti-Slam promises to make you cringe, chuckle and chortle your way through the evening. 8pm
In Conversation with Cheryl Butler
Southampton Central Library
Oct 19, 2017
Southampton author and academic, Cheryl Butler, appears in conversation with James Gough. 7:30pm
The Science Room
The Art House
Oct 28, 2017
An exciting, interactive discussion with real scientists. You ask the questions, we find the answers! 12pm
How can you and I ever be free in the 21st C?
Tower House
Oct 21, 2017
Join artists Walter van Rijn, creator the Being Human font, and Jane Birkin to discuss art and archives, words and images, descriptions and lists, titles and text as art. 2pm
Eric Ngalle Charles
Southampton Central Library
Oct 24, 2017
The acclaimed writer, poet and playwright talks about his journey from Cameroon as an asylum seeker, how he developed as a writer to deal with the trauma, and began working as a champion and organiser of black and ethnic minority writers. 6pm
Southampton to the New World
Southampton Central Library
Oct 24, 2017
"Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World" author, James Evans, takes us on a journey to discover why people sailed to North America in the seventeenth century and the important role played by Southampton in making it happen. 7:30pm
Tea With Terry
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
Come along and watch Pratchett's remarkable speech, and join others to discuss your favourite Discworld passages. 2:30pm
Hush Little Baby with Joanna Barnard
Southampton Central Library
Oct 25, 2017
Award-winning novelist, Joanna Barnard, joins Southampton Central Library's reading group to discuss her new novel "Hush Little Baby". 6:30pm
Touch Network
Mettricks Old Town
Oct 25, 2017
Be inspired by listening to stories about everyday people overcoming their struggles. Celebrate successes together and help to encourage others to talk about their lives. 7pm
The Original Girl On a Train
The Docks Coffee House
Oct 25, 2017
Literary blogger Charlie Place in conversation with psychological thriller writer AJ Waines about plots, publishing and book titles. 7:30pm
Penny Legg in Conversation
The Docks Coffee House
Oct 26, 2017
With a string of published non-fiction titles to her name, author Penny Legg will be talking about her books and making her way as a writer. 7:30pm
We Die Like Brothers: The Sinking of the SS Mendi
Southampton Central Library
Oct 26, 2017
Marine archaeologist Graham Scott describes the sinking of the SS Mendi 100 years ago with the tragic loss of over 800 men. The majority were black South Africans sent to the UK to help with the war effort. 7:30pm
CSI Southampton
Southampton Central Library
Oct 28, 2017
Crime fiction meets crime fact. Get your questions answered and interrogate a panel featuring crime authors Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley, plus real life crime experts DCI Mandy Horsburgh and CSI Carolyn Lovell. 10:30am
Antigone
Maskers Studio Theatre
Oct 17, 2017
Sophocles' iconic tragedy returns to the stage in this adaptation by Southampton's own Maskers Theatre Company. 7:30pm
The Pendle Witch
The Art House
Oct 21, 2017
Travel back ito 1636 with actress Lexi Wolfe in this spooky show, just in time for Halloween. Discover the struggles of the women locked inside The Witches' Tower of Lancaster Castle. 7:30pm
Jane Austen and the Waterman: An Encounter in Southampton
The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Oct 22, 2017
The world premiere of this new play, about Jane Austen and songwriter Charles Dibdin. See the possibilities of these two famous figures' paths crossing in Southampton. 4pm
Forget Me Not
The Art House
Oct 22, 2017
Described as "a disturbing masterpiece", Forget Me Not is a must-see. This witty one-man show explores the difficulties of solving a murder whilst living with dementia. 6:5pm
Schlock!
The Stage Door
Oct 28, 2017
A beautiful and moving exploration of pain, consent, and the body and self, written and performed by Hanna Silva. 7pm
SO:Write Women Writing Workshop
The Art House
Oct 19, 2017
Led by 2014 Bath Novel of the Year Winner, Joanna Barnard. Write, learn and share in this creative workshop. 11am
SO:Write Women Writing Workshop
Southampton Central Library
Oct 21, 2017
Led by 2014 Bath Novel of the Year Winner, Joanna Barnard. Write, learn and share in this creative workshop. 10:15am
Writing from History Workshop
Tower House
Oct 22, 2017
Visual artists Kirsty Smith and Jo Willoughby and playwright Deborah Gearing share their different approaches to creating written responses to history. 10:30am
Southampton Sight Writers Salon Workshop
Southampton Central Library
Oct 27, 2017
Are you a writer with a disability? Join Matt West for this workshop session. 10:15am
Write Flash Fiction
Southampton Central Library
Oct 28, 2017
Calum Kerr leads this popular workshop to get you writing short, short stories. 10:30am
Writing Workshop with Hannah Silva
The Art House
Oct 28, 2017
Hone your creativity and performance skills, with top playwright and performer, Hannah Silva. 10am
Café des Amis
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
French language café. All abilities welcome. 12:30
Mayflower Young Writers Workshop
The Mayflower Theatre
Oct 23, 2017
Calling all young authors, poets and playwrights! Looking for the chance to gain skills, confidence and experience in writing? Mayflower Young Writers want you! This workshop will be focusing on the festival theme of "changing times". 10:30am
Let’s Draw Manga!
Southampton Central Library
Oct 24, 2017
Learn to draw Manga style faces and expressions, design your own character and create a story, with comic creator and illustrator Karen Rubins. Artists aged 7-11. 2pm
Blood & Valour: A Legend in Comics
Waterstones West Quay
Oct 24, 2017
Enter the world of legend and comic with readings and illustrations with the creators of "Blood & Valour: The Legends of the Knight Sir Bevis". 6pm
Magical Stuff: A Fantasy Writing Workshop
Southampton Central Library
Oct 24, 2017
Learn how to write fantasy fiction. Discover everything you need to make your words truly enchanting, with the help of Southampton Libraries Writer in Residence, Nazneen Ahmed. for 10-16 year olds. 10:30am
The Fairytale Hairdresser – Abie Longstaff
Southampton Central Library
Oct 25, 2017
Enter a fantastical world with children's author Abie Longstaff and The Fairytale Hairdresser. Perfect for families, Abie will be reading from her latest book, "The Fairytale Hairdresser & Aladdin". 11am
It’s Halloween!
Bitterne Library
Oct 26, 2017
Be enchanted and entertained by The Hagstone Storyteller, and come along to an afternoon of stories and music with Michael O'Leary. 2pm
Dragons and Dinosaurs: Who Says They Don’t Exist?
Woolston Library
Oct 27, 2017
An afternoon of fun for little adventurerors: get to meet some real-life dragons and creepy crawlies. Learn all about these interesting animals and their owner, writer, Veronica Cossanteli. Ages 7+ 11am
Story Hunt with Theatre Biscuit
Southampton Central Library
Oct 28, 2017
Let your little ones explore Southampton using the powers of storytelling and imagination. Lead by Theatre Biscuit and Rob Iliffe, this story hunt will be fun for all the family! Suitable for ages 4+, families and younger siblings welcome. 10:30am
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