That’s What She Said at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

That’s What She Said, shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night in the 2017 Saboteur Awards and “the biggest spoken word night in London for women” (Evening Standard), comes to Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in August 2017.

For the past two years, our spoken word night That’s What She Said has taken the London literary scene by storm. Now, That’s What She Said will be live in Edinburgh as part of PBH’s Free Fringe, with a free, daily-changing showcase of incredible, irreverent poetry, performance, stand-up and storytelling by women.

Expect fierce, feminist truth and fiction from the best and boldest emerging and established women writers around. Described by attendees as inclusive, empowering, inspiring, That’s What She Said is a safe space, with daily open-mic slots available for women and non-binary identifying performers of all ages and backgrounds, and free entry for all.

Weds 16th August

LEYLA JOSEPHINE (@LeylaJosephine1) Award winning performance artist and writer from Glasgow. Winner of The 2014 Hammer and Tongue UK National Slam, Rally and Broad’s Cultural Commonwealth Slam, The ‘Golden Gun’ at Bang Said The Gun, and The Loud Poets’ 2017 Grand Slam. Catch Leyla’s solo show, Hopeless.


YOLANDA MERCY (@yolandamercy) Underbelly Untapped Award recipient (2017), and winner of the Rich Mix, Small Story Big City Award 2015, Yolanda Mercy is a London based Actor and Playwright, creating highly quality and entertaining work inspired by the contemporary world we inhabit. Catch Yolanda in Quarter Life Crisis.


AJ MCKENNA (@AnathemaJane) Spoken word artist. Creator of poetry film ‘A Letter to a Minnesota Prison‘ commissioned by Apples & Snakes and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation) and 2015 one-woman show ‘Howl of the Bantee‘ at Edinburgh Fringe. A former Deputy Editor at So So Gay magazine, she now writes for Vada and Clarissa Explains Fuck All.

Thurs 17th August

SABRINA MAHFOUZ (@SabrinaMahfouz) Sabrina Mahfouz was raised in London and Cairo. Her work includes the plays Chef, With a Little Bit of Luck, Clean, Battleface and the love i feel is red; the poetry collection How You Might Know Me; the literary anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write and the BBC shows Breaking the Code, Railway Nation: A Journey In Verse and We Are Here. She received a Fringe First Award for Chef and won a Sky Arts Academy Poetry Award.


LEANNE MODEN (@CrimsonEbolg) Leanne Moden is a poet from Nottingham. She performs at events around the UK, and has been shortlisted in the Camden Roundhouse Slam, the Hammer & Tongue Slam, and Poetry Rivals Competition.


ANNIE GEORGE (@msanniegeorge) Inspiring Scotland Saltire Bursary winner 2016, and author of the poetic, poignant solo show Home Is Not The Place, taking place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre 18th-27th Aug.


LYDIA MELVILLE Newbie to the scene – Bristol undergraduate student and amateur poet. A big fan of the city of Edinburgh with a deep-rooted connection to Scottish family who hopes to inspire people with words.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Fri 18th August

DEANNA RODGER (@DeannaRodger) International writer, performer and facilitator. Co-curator of two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me. Past commissions include: Under The Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT).


MARA MENZIES (@MaraMenzies) One of Scotland’s best loved performance storytellers with a powerful, dynamic and physical style that captures the imagination of any audience. She has performed and led workshops around the world including Kenya, Singapore, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, the USA and across the UK.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Sat 19th August

LAURA DOCKRILL (@Laura Dockrill) Performance poet and novelist whose wonderfully inventive and creative approach to life is reflected in the rich and vividly imagined worlds she creates. Author of novels Aurabel and Lorali, published by Hot Key Books.
CHARLOTTE SOUTER (@charthesouter) Green tea addict, food obsessed poet and part of Spare The Poets.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Sun 20th August

SOPHIA WALKER (@PoetWalker) Internationally renowned poet, playwright and educator, author of Opposite the Tourbus (Burning Eye Books) and BBC Slam Champion. 2015 UK representative for the World Slam Championships, 2015 London Slam Champion, winner of the 2012 Poetry Olympics, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival Improv Slam. Host and organiser of the annual BBC Slam Championship, Sophia has performed everywhere from Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, to Royal Holloway Prison.

IMANI ALEXANDER (@imaniangeleno) Los Angeles native Imani G Alexander studied directing and physical theatre in London, earning an MA in Text and Performance from RADA and Birkbeck College. A performer, choreographer, singer-songwriter and storyteller, Imani recently debuted her solo show Bone Woman at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Bone Woman appears nightly at Greenside @ Infirmary St throughout this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Mon 21st August

CHERYL MARTIN (@CherylAlaska) Co-Artistic Director of Manchester’s Black Gold Arts Festival, and a Slate Enabler for Sheffield’s Eclipse Theatre, Cheryl’s worked as a poet, playwright and director, Her first solo collection of poetry, Alaska, was longlisted for the 2015 Polari Prize and adapted into a one-woman stage show, premiering at Contact’s 2015 Flying Solo Festival before a national tour including, and comes to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in Autumn 2017.

CARMINA MASOLIVER (@CarminaPoetry) Founder of
She Grrrowls, a Feminist arts night based in London, Carmina Masoliver’s poetry blurs boundaries between the personal and political, and seeks to get the audience to identify with her words. Her first pamphlet was published by Nasty Little Press in 2014. She Grrowls takes place daily 9-10pm during August as part of the PBH Free Fringe!

ELIZABETH MCGEOWN (@candyseyes) Current All-Ulster/Northern Ireland Poetry Slam Champion, taking part in both the All-Ireland finals and the Farrago UK Slam Championships 2017. Chosen by judges from Dublin: UNESCO City Of Literature to take part in the Lingo Slam, placing third in 2016. For International Women’s Day 2016 she was included with six other local women to record their work as part of a playlist released by Lagan Press. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 she was a featured artist at Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret as well as the first reserve for the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Tues 22nd August

ROSIE GARLAND (@rosieauthor) Novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. ‘One of the country’s finest performance poets’ (Apples & Snakes), with latest collection As In Judy out now from Flapjack Press. Author of novels The Night Brother, Vixen and The Palace of Curiosities (winner of Book of the Year in the Co-op Respect Awards 2013 and nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize).


CLAIRE ASKEW (@onenightstanzas) Debut poetry collection, This changes things, published in 2016 by Bloodaxe Books, shortlisted for a Saltire Award for Best First Book. Winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and 2016 Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion. Debut novel forthcoming from Hodder in 2018.


SASHA DE BUYL-PISCO (@sashadebuyl) Writer and comics maker based in Edinburgh. Her work has been feature on BBC’s The Social, The Dangerous Women Project and The Common Weal.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Weds 23rd August

JENNY LINDSAY (@msjlindsay) Performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She has been variously described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books), as writing “poems of confidence and substance,” (Poetry Scotland) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis,The Scotsman). She was the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed literary cabaret Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016), BBC Slam Champion in 2012, and is the director of Flint & Pitch Productions.

NADINE AISHA JASSAT (@nadineaishaj) Author of Still, a feminist poetry pamphlet. Solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Just Festival, and the Audacious Women Festival. She was the first ever Writer in Residence for YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement, and features in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women. Her work has been published both online and in print. Her piece ‘Hopscotch’ was recently made into a filmpoem by award winning filmmaker Roxana Vilk, and is part of the official selection for the Howling Wolf International Short Film Festival 2017. You can catch her in person this August performing at the Just Festival and speaking at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Thurs 24th August

DENISE MINA (@DameDeniseMina) Author of 12 novels as well as as short stories, plays and graphic novels. Inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2014, Denise regularly appears at literary festivals in the UK and abroad, leads masterclasses on writing and was a judge for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction 2014.

RACHEL MCCRUM (@KickingParis) Author of two pamphlets published by Stewed Rhubarb Press: The Glassblower Dances (2012) and Do Not Alight Here Again (2015). She lived in Edinburgh, Scotland from 2010 to 2016 where she was the Broad of cult spoken word cabaret Rally &Broad, the inaugural BBC Scotland Poet in Residence and a recipient of an RLS Fellowship in 2016. Her first book The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate was published by Freight Books in summer 2017.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Fri 25th August

CECILIA KNAPP (@ceciliaknapp) Writer, performer and poet. Her poetry has been played on XFM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, 5 LIVE and 1Xtra and she was recently commissioned by BBCiplayer and the TATE Britain. Cecilia has been published in several anthologies and has recently received a substantial Arts Council grant to write and develop her own one woman spoken word theatre show ‘Finding Home’, directed by Stef O’Driscoll ( Kate Tempest’s ‘Hopelessly Devoted’). This has recently been published by Burning Eye Books. She writes for theatre and is currently working on a devised experimental theatre piece ‘Rear View’ with Yorkshire based company I.O.U.

Plus more still to be confirmed!

Sat 26th August

MAZ HEDGEHOG (@mazhedgehog) History grad and spoken word poet and performer. When she’s not writing about power, agency and the other (via faeries) shes probably on twitter or thinking about fashion.

Plus more still to be confirmed!