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Book Launch: Song My Enemy Taught Me (London)

A night of spoken word written and performed exclusively by women.

Outspoken Book Launch

"Award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author, [Joelle Taylor,] releases Songs My Enemy Taught Me with Out-Spoken Press.

'Songs My Enemy Taught Me is a collection of poems themed around the experiences of women globally, but it had simple beginnings. It began with me. It began with a small child in a hotel room not wanting to speak. It began with opera, but the kind that cannot be heard. It began at the point at which I ended.

This is a book about colonisation and terrorism, about invasion and ownership. It is a survival manual, a map, a photograph, a song. It is internet at 2am. It is the way your mother just looked at you. It is the way the girl in front of you on the soft journey home just reached for her keys. It is your hand reaching for keys.'

The night will also feature guest performances by Karim Kamar, Sabrina Mahfouz and Anthony Anaxagorou.

Joelle Taylor has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana) taking in a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and various prisons including Pentonville and Holloway. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named as one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain.

Her first collection Ska Tissue was released on Mother Foucault Press in 2011 and her latest collection The Woman Who Was Not There was published by Burning Eye in 2014. Her books include The Woman Who Was Not There (2014) Ska Tissue (2011) BRAND (2009), Intwasa (Ama 2008), Acts of Passion (Routledge 1998), BRAND 2 (2011), and Domestic Violence (Scarlet Press 1995). She has also written numerous texts about theatre and slam poetry for small publications and online texts. She has been published in Wasafari and Magma among other literary magazines, as well as a chapter on slam for Making Poetry Happen (2015 Bloomsbury). She is included in both the Laudanum and She Grrrowls anthologies, due for release in 2017. Her new collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me is due for release in July 2017 on Out-Spoken press.

Out-Spoken Press is an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing. It aims to give a literary platform to poets and writers whose work is innovative, sensual and plural.

One ticket entitles purchaser to 1 copy of the book. Tickets serve as a receipt for purchase."