This Is Spoke launches its first live event


This is Spoke Live will be bringing the world of the This is Spoke podcast to life in London on 17 November 2018.


Special guests include actor and musician Raleigh Ritchie, and author Emma Dabiri in conversation with the podcast’s hosts The Slumflower and Suli Breaks. The event also features live performances by musicians Ghetts and Lava La Rue with DJ sets from Martelo and Antonia Odunlami.

The live show is the first from the team behind This is Spoke, a 12-part podcast series which discusses youth culture through a music and literary lens, told through stories and conversation between some of the UK’s hottest cultural influencers. Expect idea sharing and debate as hosts The Slumflower and Suli catch-up with Raleigh and Emma in a live recording of the podcast, with guests also being able to visit a number of pop-up shops and take part in interactive workshops with Enlarge Your Memories and Tottenham Textiles. Penguin Books will also be collaborating with local bookshops to host special pop-up book stalls.

Tickets for the event are available from DICE here.

The night’s music will be headlined by Ghetts, one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed grime artists, who will be joined by Lava La Rue, the West London rapper, designer and founding
member of arts collective Nine8. These performances will be followed up by DJ sets from record maker, player and mixer Martelo, and Antonia Odunlami/Worldwide FM.

From cancel culture to problematic faves, microaggressions to mental health and everything in between. Hosted by The Slumflower and Suli Breaks, This is Spoke is an uncensored podcast that explores today’s important issues with some of the UK’s hottest musicians and writers. You can find the first episode here – as well as on Spotify and Acast. The series kicks off with activist and model Munroe Bergdorf and South London soul singer Poppy Ajudha discussing creativity and its effect on mental health, in the episode titled ‘We Need To Talk About Ye’.

Using spoken word, creative writing and the Penguin back catalogue as inspiration, participants will be able to create a collaged zine that can include anything from poetry to photography to illustration. The creative session will be hosted by designer and publisher Jamie Allen Shaw and Matt Martin, photographer, gallery owner and publisher.

Using a process called sublimation, participants will get the chance to create a unique shirt with a design of their own making. Any photograph or image can be used and replicated on the shirt; custom source material from Penguin covers to unique This is Spoke artwork will be provided on the day. Tottenham Textiles are a small independent design and print company running the workshop, whose motto is Do Teach Learn Repeat.

This is Spoke Live is produced in collaboration with Fremantle, Penguin, and BMG, and is presented by Little Goat.

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