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Queer’Say spoken word events feature performances by three acclaimed LGBT poets followed by onstage interviews about their life and inspirations. Hosted by award-winning broadcaster and comedian Rosie Wilby, each event will be recorded live for Resonance FM’s award-winning LGBT magazine show Out in South London.

Interesting discussions around gender, politics, nudity – and everything in between
– LGBTQ Arts Review

Honest and compelling performances. The interviews give the event an extra dimension aided by Rosie Wilby’s perceptive and amusing questions
– Exeunt

You can join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #QueerSay.


Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza is a Black, Trannsfemme performance artist who uses live poetry, visuals and sounds to create art focused on their Blackness, queerness, class and intersections. In 2015 they were a Barbican Young Poet, as well as touring their sold out show ‘Stories of a Queer Brown Muddy Kid’ at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Housman’s Bookstore, Keble Arts Festival and Oxford Queer Week, and Hamburg International Feminist Festival. Being described by Prancing Through LIFE as one of the ‘most exciting up and coming queer performance artists’, Travis Alabanza delivers a set of unheard stories in a fresh way.

Dominic Berry

Dominic Berry is a slam-winning poet, winner of the Manchester Literature Festival ‘Superheroes of Slam’ in 2009 and New York’s legendary Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam in 2011. He has two poetry collections Tomorrow, I Will Go Dancing and Wizard, both published by Manchester’s Flapjack Press. Dominic’s poetry theatre show ‘Wizard’ has been funded by Arts Council England, and excerpts from it got Dominic through to slam finals in York, Cirencester and Leicester throughout 2011. ‘Wizard’ has been touring the UK with Dominic in its title role since its debut at Contact in spring 2012. Find out more at www.dominicberry.net.

Toby Campion

Toby Campion has been described by BBC Sunday Politics as “the voice of a generation”; his unapologetic words and wit have inspired audiences from Glastonbury to the Royal Albert Hall. An award-winning playwright and poet, Toby performs his poetry across the country and has been featured on national networks including BBC One, BBC Radio 4 and E4.

Rosie Wilby

Rosie Wilby is a comedian, musician, writer and broadcaster based in London. As a comedian, she has performed at Sydney Mardi Gras, The Comedy Store, Latitude Festival and on Radio 4. As a musician, she has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scott’s and on Carlton TV. Visit her website at www.rosiewilby.com.

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