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Spoken Word: May


Each month, the storytellers at your favourite content marketing agency scope out the hottest spoken and written word events in and around Spitalfields, our east London neighbourhood. This May, we’ve got an atmospheric, candlelit and top-secret storytelling session – plus an evening of jazz, poetry and wine aboard London’s only floating bookshop.

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WORD on the STREET @Harlem Soul, EC1 

Taking place at Harlem Soul, a bar that brings a little slice of New York to Old Street with its urban-inspired décor, Word on the Street sees spoken word, rap and hip-hop come together. Feast your eyes and ears on headline acts and DJs at an event that promises to inspire, connect creatives and bring NYC to London’s East End, from £7.

Whose Story is it Anyway? @Bishopsgate Institute, EC2  

One of many gems found by your favourite east London content agency, the revered cultural institute is asking the question, “whose story is it anyway?” in a storytelling event with a twist. A panel of experts from heritage projects and historical institutes across the UK come together to discuss how they decide whose story is worth telling – and why. Tickets start at £5.

Word on the Water @Regent’s Canal Towpath, N1

Sip wine and listen to the sultry sounds of jazz and the pleasure of poetry aboard a floating bookshop on Regent’s Canal. Jazz and poetry – at one of London’s most unusual art spaces – is followed by a workshop on how to turn poetry into jazz-inspired spoken word. Tickets cost £25.


London Dreamtime: Smoke and Mirrors @secret location, E1

A live storytelling event by candlelight, nestled in the atmospheric alleyways of London’s docks in Wapping, is a mid-month treat like no other. Bring a blanket and a friend – and allow yourself to be transported by stories about everything from Victorian magic, tigers, cigars and the Mayan underworld for £5.


Jazz Verse Jukebox – 10th Anniversary @Hoxton Hall, N1

Wordsmiths and singers unite to artfully intertwine jazz improvisation with verse at one of the most eclectic spoken word events in London, described as: “the perfect jazz poetry party”. Tickets are available from £8.

**All of the above information was correct at the time of going to press. We are not liable for any changes to events or pricing. All content was taken from the event site. You should independently verify any information before relying upon it.**

Roisin McCormack