Tongue Fu featuring Soweto Kinch, Rachel Long, Rob Auton, Courtney Conrad

Sat 26 June, 20:00

A cracking line-up of poets and full band in the leading spoken word and music show.

Following two knock-out evenings of pure poetry magic as part of Grand Junction’s Comfort and Courage live stream season, Tongue Fu is back! 

Created and hosted by poet, writer and musician Chris Redmond, this glorious line-up of spoken word stars take to the stage, re-imagining material live, with improvised soundtracks from a crack team of quick-witted, genre-hopping musicians. No two shows are the same… 

Award-winning alto-saxophonist Soweto Kinch is joined by Rachel Long, poet and founder of the Octavia Poetry Collective Womxn of Colour, stand-up comedian, writer, actor and poet Rob Auton and Courtney Conrad, Jamaican poet and BBC Fringe Finalist.

This very special show will be the first in front of a live audience in over a year.

“The leading spoken word show.”


“One of the most solidly entertaining, energetic and talented performances.”

Exeunt Magazine


Soweto Kinch

Soweto is an award-winning alto-saxophonist and rapper. Described as one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. He was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize and has won two MOBOs for his Jazz (2003 and 2007).

Rachel Long
Rachel is a poet and leader of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, based at the Southbank Centre. She was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London in 2014.

Rob Auton
Rob is an award-winning writer, comedian, actor and poet, named the ‘Brian Cox of Comedy’ by The Guardian. He has written seven five-star rated Edinburgh fringe shows, including The Talk Show and The Time Show.

Courtney Conrad

Courtney is a Jamaican poet who has competed internationally, was a BBC Fringe Slam finalist, shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize 2020 and longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize 2020.

Date: Sat 26 June 2021

Start Time: 20:00 (Doors Open 19:00)

Length: TBC

Venue: This event is performed live at Grand Junction, St Mary Magdalene’s, W2

Covid-19 Update

Summer Sessions performances have gone on sale at 50% of Grand Junction’s full capacity to allow for social-distancing between groups (a minimum of one metre). Up to four people from different households are permitted to be seated together indoors.

We will update you as government guidance changes – this could mean that we offer the event with reduced social distancing. Click here to view further Covid-safety information.



Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport