Their renowned open mic segment offers the opportunity to poets of all backgrounds and ages to take to the stage. You will be able to sign up for the open mic on the night, with 10 spots up for grabs. Names will be pulled out of a hat.

Hosted by poets Ella Dorman-Gajic and Iftikhar Latif, Off The Chest is an inclusive, explosive spoken word and poetry night, celebrating original voices and poetry that makes a statement. They have produced multiple nights to sell-out audiences.

Rachel Long’s debut collection, My Darling from the Lions (Picador 2020 / Tin House 2021) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, The Costa Book Award, The Rathbones Folio Prize, the Jhalak Prize, and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The US edition of My Darling from the Lions was a New York Times Book Review, and named one of the 100 must-read books of 2021 by TIME.

Lola Oh is a Brit(ish) poet, writer and facilitator. Based in South London, Lola uses her work to explore family, loss, and ideas of black womanhood. Lola is currently a member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, a 2021 Roundhouse Slam Finalist, Barbican Young Poet Alumn and has been featured by Apples and Snakes, BBC1xtra, English Touring Theatre, BoxedIn and Roundhouse’s The Last Word Festival.


Part of Southwark’s Festival of Words programme