Word Bridges | Free Word

24 June 2019
18:30 - 19:30

Presented by:
Presented by English PEN


Showcasing work by young refugee and migrant writers

Word Bridges is a showcase of work by young refugee and migrant writers, created as part of the Royal Society of Literature’s 2019 RSL Literature Matters Awards, awarded to writer Rosemary Harris in partnership with English PEN and Salusbury World.

After featuring to acclaim in the 2018 Ten Pieces Prom at the Royal Albert Hall as Brave New Voices, the teenage writers from Capital City Academy will premier new work written for this event. They will share the stage with Rosemary, and Tanaka Mhishi.

Word Bridges celebrates creative writing as a bridge between boundaries, offering vital points of connection for young people making challenging journeys. Join us for an uplifting opportunity to support and applaud their work.

24 June 2019
18:30 - 19:30

Presented by English PEN


Rosemary Harris

Writer and Director

Rosemary Harris is a writer, performer and director, whose work has been widely published, including Poetry London, Index on Censorship, Magma, and Staple. She has featured at the Southbank Centre, Radio 3's The Verb, Bristol Poetry Festival, and Soho Writers’ Festival. Since 2010 she has written and produced four spoken word shows for young people, in partnership with Apples and Snakes and Half Moon. Her show Boys Don't was a finalist in the 2018 Off West End Theatre Awards. In 2018 she was co-writer and director for English PEN's Brave New Voices Ten Pieces Prom performance, Home, broadcast live on Radio 3 and on BBC iPlayer.

Tanaka Mhishi

Writer and Researcher

Tanaka Mhishi is a writer, performer and researcher. His work has been produced for BBC 3 and on stages nationwide, including as co-writer and performer for the OFFIE-nominated Boys Don’t. He is poet in residence for the Consent Collective, a part-time Creative Writing lecturer at the University of Brighton and works with media organisations on issues surrounding consent.



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.


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