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Do you write poetry? We are looking for the best Spoken Word piece on the theme “Southampton is the people”, and we have a £100 prize for its writer. All you have to do is submit a video of you performing your piece to the SO: To Speak Festival Facebook page. Who decides which is...
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Today we welcome Alex Thornber, host of regular open-mic night, Use Your Words, and a writer in his own, well, right. Use Your Words is on Wednesday 25th October. Where are you from? In the physical life I have lived I’m originally from Chandler’s Ford. I moved around for a few years but never felt...
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I have some more insider information about Jane Austen and the Waterman. You will have heard the news about the piano and the ballroom (and Professor Plum?) but there is something else. Those of you who have viewed the event page for our premiering play will know that it is about a fictional meeting between...
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Today we welcome psychological thriller writer A J Waines (Alison) to the blog. Alison will be in conversation with, well, me, on Wednesday 25th October from 7:30pm at The Docks Coffee House on Oxford Street. Tickets are available on Eventbrite (and include a cup of excellent coffee or tea). Where are you from? I moved...
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“When I first started, back in the old days the older men that didn’t think that women should be here. … There were not many women there at the time. It was a bit scary to start with, but you sort have got to be a little bit mouthy as well. … The first two...
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There is a particular treat to be had for those attending the matinee performances of Jane Austen and the Waterman on 22nd October – the backing music, performed live, will be played on an old piano. But not just any old piano. In channelling Marks and Spencer, we must add that this is a Square...
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Today we welcome to the blog Nazneen Ahmed, Writer In Residence of the Southampton libraries. Nazneen will be running a fantasy writing workshop for children on Tuesday 24th October from 10:30am at the Central Library. Tickets are free but booking is essential, please see below; Nazneen will also be taking part in the Southampton Showboat....
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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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