African, & Other Curse Words [Writing]

I’ll be reading from my book-in-progress, African, & Other Curse Words at ‘That’s What She Said’ on Wednesday, 30 November, 2017 at The Book Club in Shoreditch, East London:

Howdy hepcats! Are you ready for another awesome instalment of ‘That’s What She Said’, For Books’ Sake’s night of spoken word all written and performed by women? By welcoming a wide range of speakers, from slam poetry to storytelling, contemporary political thought to comedy, we bring women’s voices to the forefront, while at the same time giving a platform to writers and performers we love.

Speaking on the night:

Zoë Howe is a music writer and musician whose books include the novel Shine On, Marquee Moon, short-listed for the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2016, Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits (Omnibus), Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams & Rumours (Omnibus), Florence + The Machine – An Almighty Sound (Omnibus), Wilko Johnson – Looking Back At Me (Cadiz), Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus and Mary Chain Story(Polygon), ‘How’s Your Dad?’ Living In The Shadow Of A Rock Star Parent (Omnibus) and Lee Brilleaux – Rock ‘n’ Roll Gentleman (Polygon). When not writing or listening to records, she can often be found playing the drums, making weird collages or wandering about on the beach near her home in Essex.


Anna Mazzola writes historical crime fiction and strange short stories. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, was published in July and is based on the life of a real woman convicted of aiding an abetting a murder in London in 1837. Anna studied English before becoming a criminal justice solicitor. She lives in Camberwell, not far from where the murder in The Unseeing took place, and divides her time between writing, reading, lawyering, and child-wrangling.


Sylvia Arthur is a narrative nonfiction writer whose work focuses on identity, diaspora, migration, and place. She has freelanced for The Guardian, the BBC, and the British Journalism Review and worked as a senior researcher/assistant producer for the BBC, ITV, and Sky. She is currently writing her first full-length book, African, & Other Curse Words, a collection of interlinked narrative essays about what it means to be Black in Europe in the 21st century. She’s also working on a one-woman show, Obama & Me, chronicling the parallel journeys of Obama’s rise to being the most powerful man in the world and her discovering her own power to survive and thrive in a hostile world.


Carly Florentine is a writer and philosopher, currently working on her first novel ‘The Diamond in the Sky,’ a metaphysical children’s book. A previous Features and Fashion Editor, she freelances as a journalist with a specialism in the arts and health, beauty and wellbeing. She regularly performs absurd and profound poetry or little vignettes of wisdom and nonsense. She is infatuated with interesting words and so fond of the english language, she is reading ‘The Oxford Dictionary of English’ in its entirety and will be creating her version of curated highlights. Her literary work is characterised by intellectual playfulness and the pursuit of existential luminosity.


Yara Rodrigues Fowler grew up in a Brazilian-English household in Balham, south London. She is currently redrafting her first book, Stubborn Archivist, a novel about a family of Brazilian women in London. Yara’s writing has been published in various places, including Litro, and the UCL Publishers’ Prize. She’s performed at various events including this year’s Brainchild Festival and For Books’ Sake .Yara has a BA from Oxford University and an MA from UCL. She’s represented by Imogen Pelham at Marjacq Scripts”


Jess Glaisher is a writer and lighting designer living in London. Her story ‘Destiny’ appears in For Book’s Sake’s anthology ‘Re:sisters’, and her work will be appearing in the next issue of Novelty magazine. She is currently working on a novel, Dear Lina, a speculative piece on the subject of inheritance. She writes alongside an incredible, inspiring creative collective of women who met through the Write Like a Grrrl course. She is often to be found procrastinating with cake.


Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable to email if you have a burning desire to speak out and speak up.

Get your tickets for only £7 now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 on the door. And remember – For Books’ Sake is a volunteer led, charitable organisation so all your pennies will be going back into championing women writers!