Speaking Volumes is a live literature organisation specialising in getting underrepresented voices heard, reaching diverse audiences and finding exciting ways to present the work of writers.

Your Local Arena – Live 2023-24

Your Local Arena is back!

Following on from the online series, co-produced with Lucy Hannah, we are bringing a new live series of panels and poets giving contemporary responses to the archive of BBC Arena films.

Find out more here.

Home Is Not A Place – Film

Home Is Not A Place – Film: Follow Johny Pitts’ and Roger Robinson’s journey to meet black British communities outside the UK’s urban centres.

SongMaps Rye

A new pilot project based in Rye, Sussex: SongMaps is a series of five workshops bringing artists from poetry, music and the visual arts together with inter-generational participants from Rye to address the issues that are most pressing to coastal communities on the front line of climate change and rising seas.

In partnership with Strongback Productions.

Women Speak Volumes

Women Speak Volumes is a free Inspiration Bank, a first step in helping older women to tell their stories in whatever way they want to through the inspiring stories of those who have, and still are, leading this way – discover these inspiring stories and inspirational women here.

All You Can Do Is Hum

All You Can Do Is Hum is a dynamic new spoken word and electronic music performance by Joshua Idehen. Find out more here.

New and Current Projects

Find out what we are currently working on and what is coming up.

Epic Conversation: Bernardine Evaristo and Roger Robinson

For the final event of the A Portable Paradise Tour, TS Eliot Prize winner Roger Robinson was interviewed by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo. This Epic Conversation took place at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, with a special invited audience of established and emerging writers, producers and supporters who have been part of Roger’s journey to his book and who he wanted to celebrate with. This is a short extract bt you can watch the full conversation here.

Past Projects

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