This Is Spoke

  • Indira Birnie

This Is Spoke is an award-winning uncensored podcast for a Gen Z audience that aims to unpack some of the biggest issues in youth culture, through a literary and musical lens. In 2018, we launched our first season with author and activist Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower and spoken word artist Suli Breaks as hosts, and spoke to guests including Scarlett Curtis, Caleb Femi, Grace Campbell, Munroe Bergdorf and more about topics such as microaggressions, mental health, cancel culture, problematic faves and everything in between. As part of our first season, we hosted a one-day pop up at a sold-out 600 capacity venue in Peckham’s Copeland Park. The day involved interactive zine and t-shirt making workshops, DJ sets, a spoken word performance and a headline set from critically acclaimed grime artist Ghetts, in addition to the main event – a live episode of This Is Spoke, featuring author and historian Emma Dabiri and Game of Thrones actor and musician Raleigh Ritchie in conversation with our hosts on the topic of representation in the media. For our second season we signed director and journalist Fenn O’Meally and grime MC Big Zuu and spoke to a new raft of guests including Novelist, Joy Crookes, Snoochie Shy, Chelsea Kwakye, Ore Ogunbiyi and many more. This Is Spoke is a pioneering example of cross-company collaboration between Penguin Random House UK, Fremantle and BMG; it's a project that has been able to leverage the expertise of all three companies involved to create a new project that is original and distinctive from anything else on their rosters. In 2020, This Is Spoke was shortlisted in several categories at the inaugural Publisher Podcast Awards, been named a Webby Awards Honoree, won a Bronze awards at the British Podcast Awards and been named Podcast of the Year at the Campaign Publishing Awards.

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