Join us at Richmix this May for the best spoken word night in town
An institution of the London spoken word scene, Jawdance brings you acclaimed feature acts alongside up-and-coming artists in poetry and music.
The notorious Jawdance open mic is for poets, part-time poets, partial-to-an-open-mic poets, or even I’ve-written-what-I-think-is-a-poem-but-I’m-not-a-poet poets… this is your chance to own the stage alongside some of the biggest names in spoken word.
Our usual host Yomi Sode is back this May, bringing you some incredible spoken word performances from:
- Kayo Chingonyi is the author of Kumukanda, which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize, the Seamus Heaney Centre First Poetry Collection Prize, the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Jhalak Prize. His latest collection is A Blood Condition. Kayo has performed his work at festivals and events around the world, is outgoing Poetry Editor for The White Review, an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Durham University, and writer and presenter for Decode.
- Keith Jarrett is a poet, fiction writer, playwright, and educator. He is the author of the poetry collection Selah (Burning Eye Books, 2017), the play Safest Spot in Town (2017), as well as the poetry pamphlet I Speak Home (Eyewear, 2015).
- Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa is a British-born Barbadian-raised poet and dancer whose work chiefly encompasses both disciplines. Safiya was a participant of the Jerwood Arts | Apples & Snakes Poetry in Performance Programme. Her work is published in a range of journals and anthologies including The Caribbean Writer, The Amistad and Alter Egos (Bad Betty Press), Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal and more. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Out-Spoken Page Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Performance and Film Categories. In 2019 she won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam Championships, the UK Nationals and became a BBC Words First finalist. She has been commissioned by notable figures and organisations including The Original Wailers and BBC Bitesize.
Open-mic slots will be available on the night. Sign up from 7-7:30 pm to enter your name in to the draw for one of 10 spaces. Open-mic performances must be maximum three minutes each and will be selected totally at random.
Tickets sell fast for this event so buy one quickly to avoid disappointment! Tickets start at £2, pay what you can. Spoken word fans both recent and seasoned are welcome!
We hope to see you there!