Leeds Spoken Word Society

Spoken Word Society is here for all of you poets, rappers, singers and writers searching for a space to share your scribbles on stage, or for those just looking for a new challenge in creative expression - any style, any language, anything! It's important your voices are heard!


About Us

Sharing Ideas. Encouraging Inclusion. Advocating Community.

Leeds has an incredible poetic heritage that the new generation of students can proudly continue.

LUU Spoken Word society is here to serve all your creative and performative needs by providing you with a safe and supportive platform for verbal expression! 

Spoken word is whatever you want it to be so come along and make it your own! There is no limit on what can be performed - from poetry about yourself to a song that you just wanna show off to a few people. ANYTHING GOES. 

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to any and all international students that would like to join us. Perform poetry in your native language, we're all ears!

We host a mixture of exciting events including writing workshops, open mic nights, competitive slams as well as collaborations with other LUU societies. And if you just fancy watching, that's fine too!

So come on down and join us so you can meet other like-minded individuals with an interest in... speaking? 

No upcoming events at the moment

Meet The Committee


Minahil Usman


Hi everyone! I'm a second year Economics and Finance student who loves, both reading and writing, Urdu and English poetry. My writings usually feature concepts of 'identity' and 'home', but when it comes to reading, I'm more fond of humorous pieces!

Fun fact, I'm a bit of an explorer and travel a lot (lived in 7 cities across the globe so far!). So, if you want to know about cool places around Leeds, or just want to chat spoken word over a cup of coffee then feel free to drop a message!

Jay Kerslake


Hey everyone, I’m a second year English Lit student and I’m interested in the way spoken word reconceptualizes and enlivens traditional forms of poetry. That said, my own writing usually tends to feature me grousing about my love life.

I’m on committee because I want to build a greater focus in the society on confidence and skill building.

Feel free to reach out and connect!


Francis-Xavier Mukiibi


Hey everyone! I’m Francis, a Mechanical Engineering MSc student at the university and your treasurer for this year! I’ve been involved in spoken word for a few years now and taken part in a bunch of awesome programmes and festivals. My writing has focused on various things throughout the years, but these days it tends to explore my Ugandan upbringing, growing up in London and elements of mental health from masculine perspectives.

I’ll be doing my part to make sure everyone can grow in this creative and supportive space! Feel free to holla at me if you want to know anything or just want to chat, I’m pretty chill (sometimes too chill)!

Dannie Reynolds

Open Seat

Hello there, I’m Dannie and I am on the Open Seat for the committee. As a PhD student studying structural biology I like to combine my passion for science, philosophy and psychology in my poetry, and I enjoy exploring consilience between them as integrative aspects of spirituality. 

I have been a fan of spoken word for a long time and have recently engaged with this fulfilling form of self-expression. I really enjoy this environment for connecting and creating, and I will be working with the others to continue its cultivation. I’m super friendly so feel free to say hi :)


Shreya Naryanam

Social Media Secretary

Hi everybody!!, I’m Shreya Narayanam? a second year Business management student and your social media secretary for the year! This is the first time I’ve been involved in spoken word and if it’s your first time too don’t be afraid to join, it’s honestly a very comfortable environment! and you’ll sure have some fun!!. 

I handle the social media aspect of our society, i.e making posters, advertising them on our social media etc. Hope to see many of you get involved in our workshops soon :)


Contact Us

2 Lifton Place, Leeds, UK, LS2 9JZ

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