Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

After a short festive break, we return for 2021 with Maria Ferguson on Tuesday 19 January! Maria is a poet and multi-award-winning theatre-maker from Romford. Her début poetry collection Alright, Girl? was published by Burning Eye Books in April and features her poem My Letters, which was Highly Commended by the Forward Prize.

Insta sessions #29: Maria Ferguson on Tuesday 19 January

Maria’s début one-woman show Fat Girls Don’t Dance performed to sold-out audiences at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and won Best Spoken Word Show at the Saboteur Awards 2017. Follow-up show Essex Girl was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award in 2018 and won Show of the Week at VAULT Festival before touring the UK in 2019. Both are published by Oberon Books.

This session will be hosted by Matt Abbott. All 28 of our previous sessions are available to stream back in full on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and IGTV channel. Find more information and share the event over on Facebook. Our latest session with James McDermott is available to view below.

Insta sessions #28: James McDermott

Our 28th weekly Insta session features James McDermott. James is a Norfolk-based poet and playwright whose début poetry collection ‘Manatomy‘ was published by Burning Eye Books earlier this year. He was recently shortlisted for Outspoken’s Prize for Poetry 2020 in the Performance Category and long-listed for The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020, judged by Andrew McMillan.

Nymphs & Thugs | James McDermott
Insta sessions #28: James McDermott on Tuesday 22 December

This session will be hosted by Matt Abbott. The sessions in general welcome guests to join us for relaxed conversations and performances. They’re broadcast live on our Instagram account from 7.30-8pm (BST) on Tuesdays, and then uploaded to Facebook, YouTube and IGTV shortly afterwards.

Find more information and share the event over on Facebook. Our latest session with Nabeela Ahmed is available to view below.

Insta sessions #27: Nabeela Ahmed

For our final Roaring 20s Radio show of 2020, we compiled some of our favourite picks from the year! This included interviews, performances, features and guest recordings which were went in. It’s been a rollercoaster ride which nobody could’ve predicted and we’re extremely grateful for the platform that Soho Radio have given us for this show.

You should be able to find it in your regular podcast provider, but if not, it’s available alongside episodes 2-12 on our Anchor.fm site.

Roaring 20s Radio episode 13 now available as a podcast

Last week, we announced our LIVEwire x Lockdown project. This has been months of hard work behind the scenes and it’s awesome to finally see it out in the world. The project culminated in last night online première event, followed by the four singles being released through our Bandcamp site today.


Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan delivered workshops for refugees and asylum seekers. She then collaborated with artist Alaa Alsaraji to create this stunning time-lapsed illustrated video.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan ‘An Island of Sirens’

Saili Katebe delivered workshops for writers of colour. He then collaborated with movement practitioner Deepraj Singh to devise this beautiful piece, which was shot by Dan Martin and features music by David J Gledhill.

Saili Katebe ‘Inheritance’

Kirsty Taylor delivered workshops for care experienced young people. She then collaborated with music producer SOULS to create this awesome track, with a photograph by John Bolloten used for the video.

Kirsty Taylor ‘Go Safe [feat. SOULS]’

Sean Mahoney delivered workshops for boxers and boxing enthusiasts. He then collaborated with artist Sadie St. Hilaire who illustrated his photographs, and worked on the soundscape with producer Gabriel Jones.

Sean Mahoney ‘A Vulnerable Area’

The online première event was broadcast live on our Facebook page on Thursday 10 December and is available to stream back in full below. Huge thanks to Arts Council England for making this project possible and to everybody who’s supported it so far!

Nymphs & Thugs LIVEwire x Lockdown online première event

Our 26th weekly Insta session features Ella Dorman-Gajic. Ella is a poet, playwright and performer from Brighton. She is the co-founder and host of Off the Chest, a sell-out poetry night. She’s performed poetry sets and theatre pieces around the country, including at Edinburgh Fringe, The Arcola, The Orange Tree and Norwich Arts Centre. This month a scratch of her new play will be on at Brainchild’s Digital Hatch.

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