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Spoken Word: October // November


The Speaksters at our Brick Lane content agency make it their mission to uncover the hottest spoken word and storytelling events in and around east London. Our October and November roundup has got it all: reflections on the future of storytelling, poetry for a good cause – and the chance to see jazz and performance poetry collide at the historic Hoxton Hall.



Off The Chest: Spoken Word Poetry Night @ Hiland Cafe, Bow

A spoken word night at a cosy cafe in the heart of east London will see novices and established poets come together for a night of inspiring, diverse, thought-provoking performance – and wine. Tickets from £3.


Dishoom x Dinerama Diwali @ Dinerama, Shoreditch

Indian restaurant Dishoom and Shoreditch foody hotspot, Dinerama, are marking Diwali in style. Expect an evening of top-notch vegetarian street food, local south Asian talent (including prominent spoken word artists, live music and a DJ) and a buzzing atmosphere at one of east London’s trendiest venues. 

Tickets cost £8, with £1 from every sale being donated to Seeds of Peace – a charity dedicated to helping teenagers from regions of conflict.


BBC R&D: Perceptive Media and the future of storytelling @ University of Westminster, Marylebone

Organised by disLab – the digital and interactive storytelling lab at the University of Westminster – Ian Forrester of BBC Research & Development shares his research on ‘Perceptive Media’ and the future of storytelling. Find out what’s next for broadcasters – and why the internet is ushering in an era of storytelling around a “global campfire”. Free.



Question and Answer Session: The Power of Storytelling: From village elders to TED @ Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

A collaboration between charity Fair Earth Foundation, volunteer organisation The Mighty Roar and east London’s cultural hub Rich Mix sees panellists and guests come together to tackle one burning question: how can storytelling be used to make change in society? 

Touching on themes ranging from cultural understanding to respect for the environment, supporting films and documentaries will also be showcased, and it won’t cost you a penny.


Being Human Festival: The Art of Storytelling: Weaving Tales Between East and West @ Little Ilford Church Hall, Manor Park

As part of the ‘Being Human’ Festival, the UK’s national celebration of the humanities, this workshop explores how stories have travelled across languages and cultures, and what role they play in shaping our identities and communities.

Guests are invited to get their own creative juices flowing by sharing tales in a session led by artists from East London Textile Arts. Free.


Hope n Mic @ Kobi Nazrul Centre, Spitalfields

Spoken word artists are invited to attend ‘Hope n Mic’ to showcase their skills at the Kobi Nazrul Centre in Spitalfields, with £5 from every ticket going to charity. 


Jazz Verse Jukebox @ Hoxton Hall, Hoxton

The age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and performance poetry is back for autumn, at this event hosted by BBC Radio London’s Jumoké Fashola at the iconic Hoxton Hall. The evening will feature performances from some of London’s finest poets and musicians, with tickets starting at £8.

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