Preview: poet and performer Leyla Joseph at The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton

Preview: poet and performer Leyla Joseph at The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton

Critically acclaimed poet and performer Leyla Josephine is bringing  an evening of fearless words and home truths to The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton, on Wednesday, November 16,  with support from local poet Kat Sinclair.

In Public / In Private: poetry with Leyla Josephine is a live poetry performance  in which Leyla Josephine explores secrets, faith, lust, and death without shame. She questions her urge to share her inner life publicly, and fearlessly reaches out to you and asks ‘Have you felt this too?’. 

Leyla Josephine has performed her poetry alongside Kae Tempest, Hollie McNish, John Cooper Clarke and Lowkey. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC The Social, The Guardian Online, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The National and The Scotsman. She has also performed for the First Minister of Scotland. Her work features in the US anthology Choice Words: Writers On Abortions alongside the likes Margaret Atwood, Audre Lorde and Gloria Steinem. 

Praise comes from the likes of writer Jodi Picoult , who said: “There is not a poet alive today who writes about the inner lives of women as well as Leyla Josephine” .

At this event, Leyla performs poems from her first collection ‘in public / in private exclusively. It is described by poet Hollie McNish as “Beautiful, uplifting, gutting. I read it from start to finish without a breath.” 

The evening will include a 45min performance, followed by an exercise inviting the audience to create a ‘Self Portrait’ poem of their own. 

£10 tickets on sale now: click here.

This event is a donation point for The Homeless Period. Raffle proceeds go to Yellow Door. 

  • Picture credit:  Marilena


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