The Last Word festival is home to a captivating mix of live performances that all have a story to tell.

Featuring new work by established artists, rising talents and works-in-progress from home-grown performers, The Last Word shines the spotlight on themes of home, heritage, mental health, politics and musical journeys.

2017 highlights include: our ninth Poetry Slam where the best performance poets aged 16-25 are discovered; With A Little Bit Of Luck, taking place in our iconic Main Space, transports us back to the garage raves of our youth; in The Things I Would Tell You women writers of British Muslim heritage talk identity; Joshua Idehen and his band Benin City use banging tunes to tell coming of age tales in London’s nightclubs; and John Hegley performs another brilliantly bonkers show as he rocks the Roundhouse.

Our intimate Hub space becomes home to emerging artists and works in progress from established performers such as Salena Godden, Jack Rooke, Raymond Antrobus and Testament.

With over 30 shows and the chance to stretch your poetry muscles in The Last Word workshops, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. Scroll down to view the whole programme.

What You Missed

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The Last Word Festival, Paines Plough and Latitude Festival presents

With a Little Bit of Luck

by Sabrina Mahfouz, with DJ Luck and MC Neat

Friday 9 June

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White

by Koko Brown

Sunday 4 June

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The Privilege Show

by Testament in association with LittleMighty

Wednesday 7 June

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Surge: Side A

by Jay Bernard

Saturday 3 June 2017

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SEXY

by Vanessa Kisuule

Saturday 10 June

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Poetry With Bite

Editing Your Work with Bridget Minamore

Thursday 8 June

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The Last Word festival and nabokov presents

Last Night

by Benin City

Tuesday 30 May

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Happy Hour

by Jack Rooke

Tuesday 6 June

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Grey Matters

directed by Kat Francois

Friday 9 June

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Elsa

by Isobel Rogers

Sunday 4 June

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Roundhouse & Apples and Snakes present

Coat

by Yomi Sode

Thursday 8 June

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