8 November 2018
19:00 21:00-
Free Word

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A night of poetry and discussion with the UK's most exciting young female voices

Throughout history, cultures and continents, women’s bodies have been policed.

In this digital age of social media and online profiles, to be in the public sphere as a woman is to be subjected to even more unwarranted commentary, critique and abuse.

With performance, visuals and frank, open discussions, this jam-packed night was not one to be missed.

Spread the Word’s Young People’s Laureate for London Momtaza Mehri curated a rebellious, unapologetic and exhilarating event response to these issues, joined by poet Amaal Said and journalist, poet and senior editor of Novara Media, Eleanor Penny.


Photos: Rowan Spray

8 November 2018
19:00 - 21:00
£10 / £7

Free Word

Free Word and Spread the Word


Momtaza Mehri

Poet and Essayist

Momtaza Mehri is a poet and essayist whose work has been featured in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Vogue, BBC Radio 4, Poetry Society of America, Mask Magazine and Poetry Review. She is a Complete Works Fellow and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry. She became the Young People’s Laureate of London in 2018.

Amaal Said

Poet and Photographer

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer and poet based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New Yorker. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people to document their stories. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015.

Eleanor Penny

Writer, Journalist and Poet

Eleanor Penny is a writer, journalist and poet. She's a Barbican Young Poet, and the recipient of a TS Elliot Emerging Writer's fellowship. She's a senior editor at Novara Media, the online editor at Red Pepper Magazine. She's a former artist in residence at the Centre for Recent Drawing, and host of poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World. Commissions include the Barbican, the Poetry School and London Symphony Orchestra.