Speak Easy Spoken Word Events

New regular poetry, spoken word, slam and live literature night at intimate venue Artista in Hove.

Speak Easy – Now taking submissions! Send yours to speakeasyhove@gmail.com

Speak Easy Literary Salon

Speak Easy is a newly established regular literary event at Artista Studio. Artista is a special venue with three floors and a licensed bar, and having the events consistently hosted here means that we have an intimate space in which people whose work deserves an audience can meet and indulge their creativity.

If you want to share your work with an audience, leave a post on the page or contact admin. Each event will involve a period of open mic for the brave. We welcome spoken word and poetry, but most importantly Speak Easy is an event for creative exploration. We are always seeking performative writers who want to liberate the written word from the page!

We are developing plans for future spoken word nights like no other. Aside from poetry, expect music and entertainment in times to come.

Join us at 42 Waterloo St in Hove.


Published experimental poetry by the Sussex Guild of Poetry is provided to you all free of charge!



Brighton Fringe Festival 28th of May, two back to back shows at 8pm and 9pm, £10 Ticket: Christopher Brett Bailey

Show Times

Speak Easy at Artista launched in February and has hosted performances from a range of published poets, spoken word performers, musicians and MCs. For one night only we celebrate Brighton Fringe by presenting you with a rare opportunity to catch Christopher Brett Bailey in an intimate setting amidst his UK tour. THIS IS HOW WE DIE: B-SIDES AND RARITIES is a chance to see off-cuts, alternate scenes and ‘b-material’ from the critically acclaimed international tour: THIS IS HOW WE DIE.

Performances: 20:00-20:30, 21:00-21:30

‘A mesmerising, mouthy athlete, all tongue-twisters and mobile lips.’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘Savage, surreal, hypnotic and apocalyptic.’ – Forest Fringe

Ticket price includes admission to the after-party, where drinks will be available until 2am and a DJ will create live glitch-hop and ambient music.


24th April line-up:

Gilli Bloodaxe

Gilli Bloodaxe is an English poet from the North (1955 – 2037 based on current projections). He writes and performs in clubs and at festivals like Latitude, Beautiful Days, Ambition and Brighton Fringe. His work has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, Stuart Maconie’s Freakier Zone (BBC Radio 6), BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and on Radio Resonance FM.

See more at: http://www.gillibloodaxe.co.uk.

“Ace manipulator of words and music, the indefinable Gilli Bloodaxe…I was astonished by it…amazing little stories…He’s a real find, old Gilli Bloodaxe.” – Ian Macmillan

“These poems are good!” – Attila the Stockbroker Highly Recommended Show – Brighton Fringe Festival Review


Robert Ford

Robert Ford; illustrator, painter and printmaker only took to performance poetry eighteen months ago when he entered a poetry slam competition in the Shoreham Wordfest at The Ropetackle in Shoreham by Sea, his newly adopted home town. The first public performance of a poem called 'The House That Inequality Built' earned him first prize. Since then, he has formed The Pub Crawl Poets, a collective of performers whose faces are familiar at Brighton venues. He has recently adopted the use of a looping and voice modulator in an effort to create his own style for performances.


Alice Purnell OBE

Alice Purnell OBE is a retired counselling psychologist and nurse, poet and palaeontologist, and a disabled hippy granny. Her poetry anthology ‘Be the Flame and Not the Moth’ is published, and she is preparing a second while she does work in the interest of the LGBTQ community, and for disability equality.


27th March line-up:


MC Gramski is a local rapper from The Spoken Herd as well as spoken word MC. He's performed with/supported King Porter Stomp, Chester P, Goldie, Scroobius Pip, Hollie McNish and many others. Give him a subject and he'll rhyme about it, or sit back and watch him rhyme to you about the time a Vietnamese guy stole his hotel mini fridge.


Poet and painter; co-founder of Desperate for Love poetry events based at Komedia, Brighton. Organises poetry, performance, film and music event Everybody’s Got To Be Somewhere. Gary has performed everywhere from Tokyo to Atlanta, where a series of guerilla poetry performances were filmed. His work exists on CDs and in many anthologies. Gary‘s poems, at once bright and humorous, but fully accepting of life’s inherent darkness, are presented with an emotional and honest intensity - poems to make your heart shrivel like a dried-up old prune.


Susan has been slinging words about love, lust and living on the edge for over fifteen years, performing at various venues and festivals throughout the UK. Susan straddles stage and page; she's widely published in journals and magazines. And is driven by rhythm. "Show Stopper" - Colin Grant (Speaky Spokey, Radio 4)

20th February Launch line-up: Comedian Fraser Geesin, Poets from Moon Club, Members of the Sussex Poetry Guild


Speak Easy at Artista, 42 Waterloo Street, BN3 1AY.

Contacts: 01273778105 info@artistastudio.co.uk



Speak Easy Spoken Word Night at Artista, 42 Waterloo Street, BN3 1AY

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Posted on March 05th, 2015 at 17:55 PM by Alexander Voodoo

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