That’s What She Said – 2nd Birthday Party

Are you ready for the start of the third year (MEEP!) of ‘That’s What She Said’? For Books’ Sake’s night of spoken word all written and performed by women will continue to welcome a wide range of speakers, from slam poetry to storytelling, contemporary political thought to comedy. We will bring women’s voices to the forefront, while at the same time giving a platform to writers and performers we love.

Speaking on the night:

Heather Shaw was Semi-Finalist in So You Think You’re Funny 2016, Selected for the BBC New Comedy Award 2016 and Winner of Yellow Comedy’s New Comedian of the Year 2016. She runs Ello Comedy in Tufnell Park and MC nights including Party Island, Goldsmiths and Comedy Tower and has done over 100 gigs in the past 12 months.


Charlotte Newman won the inaugural Sabotage Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet in 2013 and was featured in The Salt Book of Younger Poets in 2011. After a brief stint indexing the entire back catalogue of the Erotic Review, she worked as a journalist and publicist for a leading family law firm, writing articles for national newspapers while also contributing freelance reviews to The ObserverThe New Statesman and Poetry Review, among others; she was shortlisted for The Scotsman’s Allen Wright Award for her theatre criticism.


Marcelle Mateki Akita is a writer, reader, researcher and co-founder of Afrikult. She publishes 100 word stories, personal essays and reflective quotes on matekiwrites ( Her work has appeared in National Theatre’s News Views, University of Hull’s CultureNet: Writer of the Moment, Adinkra Magazine, Ain’t I a Woman Collective, AFREADA and Aké Review.  Her debut collection ‘Lizard & Other Stories’ was published in December 2016.


Leon Craig is 24 year old writer from London.  Her story ‘Mute Canticle’ was shortlisted for the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize. She was given a Young Writer’s Award by and her stories can be found on their site, on and in the Next Review. Her short immersive play ‘Ermine/ Stoat’ was put on at Babel Studios as part of Alchemical Door. Leon has performed at Swimmers London, QueerCircle, and the Moth and is due to read at the Polari LGBT History night at Southbank on February 24th. She is working on a collection of short fiction, to be called Spiteful Tales.


Ania Placzkiewicz is a Polish artist living and working in London. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2010. In 2014 she published her first book, Vagina Diary. I’m Looking For A Husband. Now a series, the Vagina Diaries are a social commentary on the experience of being a woman today. She cites her inspirations as popular culture, human nature, art and everyday life. Her practice ranges from writing, poetry, drawing, to knitting, photography and filmmaking.


Sarah Manvel is reading an excerpt from her novel, Bless Her Heart, for which she is seeking representation. She also writes criticism: about film for, about books for and about art for She has Irish and American passports and has lived in the UK for twenty years.


Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable to email if you have a burning desire to speak
out and speak up.

Get your tickets for only £7 now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 on the door.

And remember – For Books’ Sake is a volunteer led, non-profit organisation so all your pennies will be going back into championing women writers!