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Festival launches three new poems for National Poetry Day The SO: To Speak Festival is marking National Poetry Day with the filmed performance of three poems by Issa Loyaan Farrah. The Southampton poet was commissioned by Southampton Festivals last year to write responses to the British Art Show, which the city hosted last winter. The...
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Today we welcome Issa Loyaan Farrah, creator and host of open-mic poetry night, Write A Note. Write A Note will be happening on Tuesday 24th October from 8pm. Where are you from? Newtown and St Mary’s, Southampton. Tell us about Write A Note. Write a Note is a monthly gathering for appreciators and performers of...
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Or our programmes and flyers? We’re going around taking photographs of the awesome people who run our venues and will be posting them soon. We’d like you – yes, you! – to get involved. If you spot one of our posters/flyers/programmes, take a photograph of yourself with it and tweet it to us @SOToSpeak15 or...
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Today we welcome Hannah Morgan to the blog. Hannah is the events organiser for the Touch Network. Read on to find out more about the highly popular and inspiring, evenings the group hold. Why did you create your story telling evenings? Our story telling events came out of our founders experience of how storytelling helped...
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“…you are going to die, but that is what you came to do.” So said the reverend Isaac Wauchope Dyobha on deck as the SS Mendi sunk off the coast of the Isle of Wight. The SS Mendi was chartered in WWI to carry black South African men to France as support for the war...
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Southampton’s SO: To Speak Festival is proud to announce its official 2017 charity partnership with Dementia Friendly Southampton. Southampton Festivals is a not-for-profit always looking to convert its social mission into practice. Aiming to be as inclusive as possible, the festival will provide training for its volunteers in keeping with Dementia Friendly Southampton’s aims. There...
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Want to volunteer at SO: To Speak 2017? We are looking for people who want to help us make SO: To Speak a great festival. The festival is mainly organised by volunteers, and we need a few people to help us out at the actual events between 19th and 28th October. Event support This involves...
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Today we welcome historian and writer James Evans to the blog. James will be talking about his non-fiction book, Emigrants – in which Southampton and the Mayflower play key roles – on 24th October from 7:30pm at the Central Library. Tickets can be purchased here. How long have you been a writer and how did...
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The Ted Hughes Award shortlists. Forward Prize commendations. Wire Magazine. BBC Radio 3. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is Hannah Silva. The award-winning poet, playwright, and performer will be joining the SO: To Speak festival for 2 fantastic events: a performance of her incredibly successful one-woman show, Schlock!, and a workshop in the art of...
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Today we welcome historian and writer Cheryl Butler to the blog. Cheryl will be in conversation with James Gough of the Southampton Cultural Development Trust, on Thursday 19th October from 19:30 at the Central Library. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Where are you from? I was born and brought up in Southampton; my mother’s family...
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