SPOKEN WORD & TALKS PROGRAMME

This programme is subject to change. 

Don't forget to also check out our pop up bookshop where you can buy books (and get them signed by participating authors).

For more details on Spoken Word acts, check the Line Up Page

Spoken Word & Talks Line Up

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FRIDAY 31ST MAY

Open Mic poetry session hosted by Hunter featuring Has and open to any poets, experienced or not. approx 1.5 hours.

SATURDAY 1ST JUNE

Join us for a 'fireside chat' with two disruptors of history, Lisa Power and Kate Rowe. Out & Wild Founder Polly Shute will be chatting with these two amazing women, who have been involved at the centre of LGBTQ+ history, including the formation of Stonewall and Sydney Mardi Gras. (check out their bios on our Spoken Word Line Up page) Hear first hand about their experiences and the real stories behind some of the world's biggest LGBTQ+ events and moments. Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes, a few swear words (if I know them both) and be ready for a roller coaster of emotions as these two chat together for the first time.

Interview with Bobbi Pickard - trans inclusion, Trans In The City. Q&A

Performance poet, returning for her second Out and Wild following huge popularity in 2023

What does self-acceptance mean to you? Featuring Joelle Taylor, Molly Naylor and Elizabeth Chakrabarty

Talk by Dr Lena Mattheis, lecturer in contemporary literature and Queer Lit podcaster, on pronouns, queer literature and more

Interview with Joelle Taylor interspersed with poetry from Cunto and reading from The Night Alphabet

SUNDAY 2ND JUNE

My depression is my superpower - It’s so easy to wish we’d never struggled with our mental health challenges. For a long time, our speaker, Jacs, could only see the bad in her depression and wished she was someone else with a different life experience. In this talk, she will take you through her journey of self-loathing and disappointment to finally believing that she is a better person because of (not in spite of) her depression. On her good days, she even sees it, and her growth as a result, as her superpower. She’ll take you through the ups and downs of that journey and how you can start to see the good in the difficulties you’ve had with your mental health. But, above all, Jacs will tell you why depression and mental health challenges aren’t “bad” or “wrong” and why you are so very deserving of your own love.

Interview with Raga D'Silva about debut book Untold Lies including reading

Panel discussion: Unlevel playing fields: lgbtq+ women and non-binary people in sport. Featuring Asma Ashraf, Leilah King and Lou Englefield

Molly Naylor: Performance poet, returning for her second Out and Wild following huge acclaim in the Spoken Word tent in 2022

Interview with Kayleigh Llewyllen, script writer and BAFTA award winner about Killing Eve, In My Skin and future projects

Book interview with Karen McLeod about her memoir, Lifting Off