Season Launch Party | Free Word

3 October 2019
19:00 - 23:00

Presented by:
Free Word


Season launch party with art installations, poetry and live performances

Join us at Free Word for the launch of Writing Our Way Home: a season exploring shelter, belonging and safety.

Experience the unveiling of RESOLVE Collective’s take over of Free Word’s main space inviting you to envision new ways we could write our way home, and Amina Jama’s Somalinimo (till I dhimo) installation, an homage to the rich Somali culture, the immigrant experience and the ties that bind us.

With special live performances, DJ set from Touching Bass’ Alex Rita, food, drink and more, expect a jam-packed night of entertainment. Tickets are free but spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to book in advance!


Please note: We usually overbook our free events to make up for drop-off. So please arrive early to ensure entry, as it will be first come first served on the night.

Season branding: THREAD Design | Photography: Rowan Spray

3 October 2019
19:00 - 23:00
Tickets Free

Free Word


Alex Rita

DJ, Illustrator, Singer & Designer

The Denmark-born, London-based selector, illustrator, singer and designer — is a talented seamstress in more ways than one. When not tailoring clothes for her own brand, Onda, singing or illustrating lifelike imagery, she patches together sets with soulful, percussive grooves and organic sounds. Listeners can be blessed with everything from spiritual jazz, field recordings and drum ensembles to deep house in one sitting; all aimed at the soul and the feet. Along with Errol, Alex Rita is one of the main forces behind Touching Bass: a movement of London-based soul disciples who hold down a biweekly NTS Radio slot, an innovative discussion/live music series called Speaking In Sound and a regular dance. Alex is also one half of duo Okapii — who are releasing their debut album on Fresh Selects.

Amina Jama


Amina Jama is a Somali-British writer. An alumna of Barbican Young Poets, member of Octavia Poetry Collective, co-host of Boxedin, Amina has completed residencies and performed internationally with Speaking Volumes. Her work often explores displacement, dual cultural identity and family and has been published in numerous anthologies, as well as shortlisted for the Outspoken 2018 Poetry Prize.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


Echoes Of The City

Conversation with Lars Saabye Christensen, Akil Scafe-Smith, Emma Warren, UCL Urban Lab

Lars Saabye Christensen, Akil Scafe-Smith and Emma Warren on how communities rebuild

Part of Writing Our Way Home season

Writing Our Way Home

Readings with Roger Robinson, Winsome Pinnock, Inua Ellams and Bridget Minamore

Roger Robinson, Winsome Pinnock, Inua Ellams, Bridget Minamore on writing and resistance

Part of Writing Our Way Home season

Who Is Home?

Writing workshop with Soofiya

An interactive writing workshop with Soofiya

Part of Writing Our Way Home season

Is Home a Human Right?

Debate chaired by Faiza Shaheen

A debate on how the politics of class impacts housing with Faiza Shaheen

Part of Writing Our Way Home season