Women of Words

Hull's spoken word performance space with an all-female cast

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Women of Words On Tour Grimsby Calling

Carolyn Doyley is Event Lead for Words and Pictures Series a dynamic programme of literary visual arts and music events in several venues in North East Lincs featuring local, regional and national names.  Continue reading


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February’s WoW Hannah Lasagne

After a very early January date where honours were shared between WoW collective members Cassandra, Emily, Louise and Michelle… Wednesday February 6 we welcome Hannah Lasagne as our special guest. This fearless performer is described by Michelle Dee as ‘one of the most exciting finds of the last few years.’ Continue reading

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October’s Women of Words Rachel Bower and Carol Osgerby

October 3rd we welcome Rachel Bower Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, investigating the links between poets in Leeds and Nigeria in the 1950s and 60s. And from Hull we welcome amateur historian Carol Osgerby.  Continue reading

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YouTube spoken word star Jess Green coming to Hull

September 5th we welcome poet and activist Jess Green fresh from her Edinburgh run of ‘A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn’ to our stage and from Hull Script Yorkshire finalist and Women of Words regular Lynne Taylor.

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See Jess Green and Lynne Taylor at Kardomah 94 Sept 5

Lynne Taylor ​started writing after University. She had a short story accepted In the Hull University’s own press anthology. Her work has been performed in Hull and Leeds. She was a finalist of Script Yorkshire’s 25th Anniversary, her work was directed by Dominic LeClerc at the Theatre Royal, Wakefield.

Lynne’s play 2 Men, 2 Dogs And A Woman was selected for Hull Truck’s Pie And a Pint, long-listed by Verity Bargate and performed at Kardomah94 in 2016. Lynne was recently part of Hull Truck’s Grow Festival. She is now working on a new play and a novel. Lynne Taylor is based in Hull with her cats.

​ ​Jess Green ​Jess is a performance poet & playwright who has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2014 her poem, Dear Mr Gove went viral: over a quarter of million views on Youtube. The poem was from her poetry & music show, Burning Books which she performed with her band Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves receiving 5* reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014/ 2015 & national tour.

Burning Books stage play was long-listed for the Bread & Roses Theatre Award It had a sell-out run at Curve in October 2017 and also shown at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton. Jess’ first collection, Burning Books was published by Burning Eye Books in September 2015 and was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2016.

She has written for Channel 4 and the BBC and recently took her poetry and music show, The Complete Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn to Edinburgh.

There will be no more online booking for the foreseeable. Please note that the open mic slots are limited to 5 minutes per person. Thank you for your understanding and patience.”

small women of wordWho: Jess Green and Lynne Taylor

Where: Kardomah 94 Alfred Gelder Street Hull

When: Wednesday September 5th 2pm – 4pm 

Free Event –  No Booking Required – Donations Welcomed

Next Women of Words Event Wednesday 3rd October


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Geoffrey Faber winner Kim Moore heading to the city of poets

Women of Words are delighted to be hosting the multi award-winning Kim Moore on Wednesday August 1st. Alongside Kim we welcome local guest also a prize-winner Heather Freckleton. The Guardian (Nov 2017) writes: “Kim Moore’s ‘thrilling’ debut poetry collection wins Geoffrey Faber prize – The Art of Falling, by a Cumbrian poet and former trumpet teacher, joins illustrious former winners including Seamus Heaney and JM Coetzee”  Continue reading

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Women Of Words at the Big Malarkey

The Women Of Words are delighted to be part of Hull’s 2018 Big Malarkey Children’s Literature festival!

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This year’s Big Malarkey takes place on 23rd and 24th June, in East Park, from 10am to 5pm. Our Women Of Words Lynda, Louise and Cass will be joining in the fun on Sunday 24th June, between 12 noon and 2pm.

We’ll be celebrating the 200th anniversary of a groundbreaking work by one of literature’s greatest women of words: “Frankenstein”, by the amazing Mary Shelley (who was just nineteen when she wrote it).

In honour of this anniversary, we’ll be running two Frankenstein-themed sessions. The first, at 12 noon, is suitable for children aged 7 – 10 years old and will be on the theme of “How To Build A Monster”. The second, at 1pm, is suitable for 11 – 16 year-olds, and our theme will be “Bad Science”.

We’ll be sharing specially-commissioned works, before inviting our visitors to create their own drawings or pieces of writing, and maybe even share them on the stage. We’d love to see you there!

Tickets for The Big Malarkey are on sale now, at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.