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Joelle Taylor

Date 03.03.2022 - 16.03.2022
Location Hear Me Roar, Slam & Performance Poetry, Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Adelaide Writers Festival
Location Twilight Tale; Telling Truths - West Stage, Adelaide Writers Festival
Location C+NTO and other poems, Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Adelaide Writers Festival
Date 9 Mar 2022, 6:30pm
Location C+NTO and other poems, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne
Date 12 Mar 2022 6pm
Location Girls are coming out of the woods. All About Women Opening Gala, Sydney Opera House
Date 13 Mar 2022
Location Queerstories, All About Women, Sydney Opera House
Date 15 Mar 2022, 7pm
Location Online - Poetry Workshop with Joelle Taylor. That Poetry Thing + Poetic City Canberra
Date 16 Mar 2022, 6:30pm
Location Online - LGBTQIA+ Poets Workshop with Joelle Taylor


‘They call you butch. The name derived from Butch Cassidy. You are the descendant of outlaws. Irony incarnate. Woman butchered.’

Northern England. Early 1980s. As a young teenager, you step tentatively out of the closet into a no-man’s land of violent homophobia. After the punches, after the spitting, after the whistling men and the chase home, you choose to wear the abuse as a suit.

An intricately staged narrative poem, C+NTO explores the experiences of masculine women within the lesbian counterculture of the 1980s and 1990s. Through the club culture and the squat scene, poet Joelle Taylor explores the courageous distinctiveness of butch culture and community.

About the artist

Out-Spoken is a poetry organisation that celebrates diversity of voice in writing and performance. Through live events, tours and publication, it gives a platform to artists whose work is innovative, authentic and plural.

Out-Spoken’s legendary live poetry night is resident at London’s Southbank Centre and has become one of the UK’s premier live literature events. As a publishing house, Out-Spoken Press published debut collections from Sabrina Mahfouz, Raymond Antrobus and Anthony Anaxagorou, and continues to unearth and develop new poetic talent.

Out-Spoken champions quality artists outside of the mainstream; promoting diversity, equality of opportunity and high quality poetics.

Creative Team

  • Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and former UK slam champion.

    She is the author of 3 poetry collections and has performed across the UK and internationally, touring her previous work to Australia, Finland, Singapore, Spain, Estonia, Brazil and Portugal. An experienced facilitator, Joelle set up the UK’s national youth slam which she led for eighteen years.

    Joelle has featured regularly on BBC radio and television, and in 2020 wrote and presented the BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Butch’ about the butch female experience, based on the research undertaken for C+NTO

    Writer and performer: Joelle Taylor

    Director: Rob Watt

    Designer: Bethany Wells

    Producer: Tom MacAndrew

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Image credit: Hayley Madden