What Words Are Ours?

A bold, playful and joyous poetry-cabaret

What Words Are Ours? features some of the most innovative and daring UK artists working with text, poetry and spoken word. Showcasing a luscious variety of artist What Words Are Ours? combines drag, rap, experimental sound, punk poems, political satire and British Sign Language poetry, as well as more traditional spoken word artists.

What Words Are Ours? is about language and power. Words have kept us down, held us back and locked us up, but at the same time words have freed us; we have found ourselves and reclaimed ourselves with words.

The words we speak, the language we use and how we communicate is inherently political and intrinsically about power. WWAO is a raucous yet tender night-out where we can dive into these issues together.


Thursday 6th June, 8pm Roundhouse, London

BSL interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts and with live captioning. The line up is killer:

JACK ROOKE, multi-award winning comedian, writer & presenter. You’ll have seen him on BBC3 & heard him Radio4. At What Words Are Ours? Jack will be sharing part of Love Letters, a show about modern romance.

ISHTIAQ HUSSAIN aka ‘ISH’, a deaf artist who creates ‘no sound’ entertainment via Visual Vernacular, an artform that is part sign language, part mime. Not to be missed.

KOKO BROWN with SAPPHIRE JOY, who will be sharing excerpts from her show Grey, a candid show exploring depression and black women’s mental health which will be fully British Sign Language integrated by Sapphire Joy.

JAMAL MEHMOOD, a multi-talented writer bringing you thoughtful, sensitive and playful poetry. Jamal has appeared on BBC Asian Network, BBC Introducing and Media Diversified.

REECE LYONS is a Transgender writer and performance poet. She was a Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finalist in 2018, where her poem I am a Woman and I have a Penis went viral and viewed by over 3.5 million people online. At What Words Are Ours? Reece will be writing and performing a ’speed poem’ based on audience suggestions on the night.

TALIA RANDALL (aka me) will be hosting the show with her usual comedic ‘elegance’


Friday 2nd August, Wilderness Festival

BSL interpreted

Line up to be revealed soon



Pic Credit: Mike Massaro