Words in the City 2016 is a collaboration of organisations working with Southampton Festivals.

Sowrite is a partnership, brought together by Artful Scribe, to deliver a two year literary development programme in Southampton, funded partly by Arts Council England.

The Art House Cafe, is a venue that promotes the literary arts through an accessible programme of great Spoken Word and Storytelling events all year round. It hosts the monthly Moving Voices open mic night, and provides a venue for creative literary groups in the city to meet, as well a regular workshops.


700 women is an event organised by artist Sarah Filmer as part of the ‘god’s house tower – a reincarnation’ project.


Southampton Fringe is a programme of events and exhibitions that celebrates the creative arts and artists in Southampton, running from October to January alongside the British Art Show 8, which is being hosted by Southampton as part of a four city tour. With funding from Culture Southampton, under the BAS8 Fringe Associate Programme, Southampton Festivals has been able to commission two local poets to produce new work to perform at the SO: To Speak sowrite Showcase, and to be published physically and virtually as a response to BAS8.