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Free Word is an arts organisation focused on the power and politics of words. They are also a home for organisations interested in who gets to speak and be heard in society.

In their Clerkenwell building, they host dynamic cultural events that address urgent contemporary issues.

They place an emphasis on fresh perspectives from voices that are often underrepresented, and bring together a rich variety of exciting writers, artists and activists to spark critical conversations about society, culture and politics.


The Autumn 2019 season will be WRITING OUR WAY HOME.

A major new installation by interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE will showcase alternative voices and texts and explore the ways ‘home’ can be written and erased, and poet Amina Jama will transform Free Word’s cafe space into a 1990s Somali living room, paying homage to black Britishness, migration, and the creativity that arises from displacement.


THE UPSETTERS will be commissioning three writers of colour to produce 20 minute monologues, each responding to a different brief which explores the ‘home’ theme in unique ways. The three strands are:

  • Hope: the creation of home, safety and community in new spaces and ways.

  • Home as a Human Right: the impact of having no home or a precarious home.

  • Displacement: migration, diaspora and gentrification.

We’ve got three brilliant writers each tackling a separate strand, they will be able to interpret the theme however they wish to produce a piece of work which they feel explores their strand. All three monologues will be performed in a 60 minute HOME TRUTHS showcase at the Free Word Centre on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

Ava Wong Davies  Hope

Ava Wong Davies

Hassan Abdulrazzak  Home as a Human Right

Hassan Abdulrazzak
Home as a Human Right

Twayna Mayne  Displacement

Twayna Mayne



Thank you to the Theatre Deli London, Talking Birds Theatre Company and the Free Word Centre.