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TWSS MCR ft. Claire Askew, Emily Reynolds, Sophie Sparham


TWSS MCR ft. Claire Askew, Emily Reynolds, Sophie Sparham

"The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) returns to Manchester!

Following runs at Edinburgh Fringe and shows at the Royal Albert Hall, our fierce, fabulous, feminist spoken word showcase now takes place monthly at legendary queer haven Tribeca.

Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards), That's What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.



Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Her debut novel in progress was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award. She tutors Write Like a Grrrl in Scotland and co-organises our annual writing conference, Grrrl Con.

August 2018 saw the release of her debut novel, ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS. "Raw, powerful, compassionate and deeply moving, with page-turning tension to the end. A stunning debut." Published by Hodder, it's a stunningly moving novel from an exciting new voice in crime, and will cause you to question your assumptions about the people you love, and reconsider how the world reacts to tragedy.


Sophie Sparham is a performance poet and writer from Derby. She is currently editing her second young adult sci-fi and fantasy novel. Her first poetry book Please Mind The Gap featured an introduction from Benjamin Zephaniah.

Sophie's poetry mainly focuses on political and social subjects, such as depression, LGBT and women’s issues. She has performed all around the UK; including festivals such as Y Not, Shambala and the Opera House Stage at Rebellion, the UK’s biggest punk festival.


Emily Reynolds is an author and journalist from London. She writes on mental health, technology, gender and more for The Guardian, WIRED, NY Mag, Stylist, VICE and many more, and is a columnist on intimacy and technology at Huck Magazine. Her first book, A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in 2017; she is currently working on her second.

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"This is feminism at its ruthless best." - Blouinart

"To put it bluntly, I'd never come across a spoken word night with such a fantastic lineup. 'How have I never come across this before?', I kept asking myself, 'this is everything I've ever wanted from a night out...'

I was blown away. I left feeling inspired, with renewed confidence in my own abilities, and almost missed my tube stop on the way home trying to write down scraps of poetry and prose.

Not only is That's What She Said a great place to see talented literary performers, for everyone and not just women, but it provides a space for women to shout and scream their anger, their frustrations, their desires; a space without censorship, without objectification and without the dreaded “it must be her time of the month” quip. I think For Books’ Sake is doing some really important work." (Recent review of one of our London shows)

Can't make it? We'll be back in October. Want to get involved? Send us an email to aGVsbG8gfCBmb3Jib29rc3Nha2UgISBuZXQ= and we'll see what we can do!

For more on For Books' Sake and That's What She Said, come and see us at www.forbookssake.net, or follow @forbookssake on Twitter on Instagram. See you soon! xoxo

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