Lauren Franceschini

Upcoming Spoken Word Festival: Roundhouse’s The Last Word

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Tickets are currently on sale for The Last Word Festival!


Created in collaboration with the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and home to their annual Poetry Slam, the Roundhouse will host some of the largest and forthcoming names in UK talent for the third year running. The Last Word, a festival of spoken word, storytelling, and live performance will run from May 24th to June 18th and will feature 25 groundbreaking performances by both new and seasoned performers.

A handful of the most anticipated performances include Debris Stevenson’s Dirtee Verse, a lyrical reinterpretation of Dizzee Rascal’s award-winning album, “Boy In Da Corner”. Dirtee Verse, which has been described as “a vybzing skank and hype-ting event…for the lyric conscious, spoken word, poetry, and grime-lovers alike” is sure to dazzle audiences. Likewise is the equally anticipated piece from poets Mark Grist and Tim Clare titled Only You Can Save Poetry. Using a unique blend of spoken word and data collection via live feedback, Only You Can Save Poetry seeks to dive into the details of what makes poetry good and what makes it great.

Kate Tempest

The Last Word’s impressive lineup continues with the return of Words First Live. Words First Live is a partnership between BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse that features six of the best up-and-coming spoken word artists from across the UK: Amina Jama, Solomon O.B, Asma Elbadawi, Isaiah Hull, Liam McCormick, Reuben Field. A series of workshops determined the six artists that would go forth to be featured at Words First Live alongside Kate Tempest and other well-known spoken artists.

Kate Tempest is no stranger to the Roundhouse stage with her first play’s, Wasted, debut in 2013 and its two sold-out runs during the festival that year. Tempest, a South-East London native whose career began in rapping, had been touring through the spoken word circuit for years before beginning to write for theatre in 2012. She recently wrote her first novel, The Bricks that Built the Houses, and is regarded by The Guardian as “one of the brightest British Talents around.”

For more information and a full list of performances, visit The Last Word’s website.

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