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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

Lemn Sissay: Something Dark
  • 19th October 2017
  • Nuffield Southampton (NST) - Campus
The Pendle Witch
  • 21st October 2017
  • The Art House
Jane Austen and the Waterman: An Encounter in Southampton
  • 22nd October 2017
  • The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Southampton to the New World
  • 24th October 2017
  • Southampton Central Library
Write a Note
  • 24th October 2017
  • The Talking Heads
CSI Southampton
  • 28th October 2017
  • Southampton Central Library
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.
Antigone
Maskers Studio Theatre
Oct 17, 2017
Sophocles' iconic tragedy returns to the stage in this adaptation by Southampton's own Maskers Theatre Company.
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.
In Conversation with Cheryl Butler
Southampton Central Library
Oct 19, 2017
Southampton author and academic, Cheryl Butler, appears in conversation with James Gough.
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. 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!
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.
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!"
The Science Room
The Art House
Oct 21, 2017
An exciting, interactive discussion with real scientists. You ask the questions, we find the answers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RIDE!
The Stage Door
Oct 22, 2017
A play by John Foster, inspired by the racist murder of James Byrd. Directed by Charmaine K Parkin and performed by Shaquille John.
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".
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.
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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.
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?
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?
Intercambio
The Art House
Oct 19, 2017
Spanish language café. All abilities welcome.
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!
Café des Amis
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
French language café. All abilities welcome.
BSL with Tony
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
British Sign Language café. All abilities welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
The Science Room
The Art House
Oct 21, 2017
An exciting, interactive discussion with real scientists. You ask the questions, we find the answers!
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".
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?
Blood & Valour: A Legend in Comics
Waterstones West Quay
Oct 26, 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".
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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+
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.
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.
Café des Amis
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
French language café. All abilities welcome.
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.
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!"
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Your Words
Brewdog
Oct 25, 2017
Join regular host Alex Thornber for an evening of fast words and flowing ale.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In Conversation with Cheryl Butler
Southampton Central Library
Oct 19, 2017
Southampton author and academic, Cheryl Butler, appears in conversation with James Gough.
The Science Room
The Art House
Oct 21, 2017
An exciting, interactive discussion with real scientists. You ask the questions, we find the answers!
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.
Blood & Valour: A Legend in Comics
Waterstones West Quay
Oct 26, 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".
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
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antigone
Maskers Studio Theatre
Oct 17, 2017
Sophocles' iconic tragedy returns to the stage in this adaptation by Southampton's own Maskers Theatre Company.
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.
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.
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.
RIDE!
The Stage Door
Oct 22, 2017
A play by John Foster, inspired by the racist murder of James Byrd. Directed by Charmaine K Parkin and performed by Shaquille John.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Southampton Sight Writers Salon Workshop
Southampton Central Library
Oct 27, 2017
Are you a disabled writer? Join Matt West for this workshop session.
Write Flash Fiction
Southampton Central Library
Oct 28, 2017
Calum Kerr leads this popular workshop to get you writing short, short stories.
Writing Workshop with Hannah Silva
The Art House
Oct 28, 2017
Hone your creativity and performance skills, with top playwright and performer, Hannah Silva.
Café des Amis
The Art House
Oct 25, 2017
French language café. All abilities welcome.
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".
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.
Blood & Valour: A Legend in Comics
Waterstones West Quay
Oct 26, 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".
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.
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".
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+
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