shout or whisper

All Forms - All Voices

Hertfordshire-based open-words Organisation


Upcoming Events and Workshops

  • 22 Sept, 19:30 – 22:00 BST
    Hitchin, 1 Ickleford Rd, Hitchin SG5 1TJ, UK
    After an almost literal barn burner, we are back at The Victoria for another evening of music, poetry, literature and community.

About Us:

Shout or Whisper is an open-words organisation, a celebration of all forms, all voices - anything that involves taking the microphone and holding the room for a few minutes.


We run workshops to share and improve ideas, showcases to move those ideas onto the stage, and our main open words event to collect and celebrate the best talent that Hitchin and the surrounding areas have to offer. 

Previous Shout or Whisper Events 

Manifesto and Conduct

Our goal is to give a platform to all forms and all voices.


To those who feel that they are not being heard, to those who feel like they have no opportunity to experiment with different forms, to those who have never done anything like this before; we want to hear from you. 


Similarly, if you’ve done this a thousand times before, if you feel that you can bring something to help others prosper, we want to hear from you. 


Finally, if you’re someone who enjoys the experience of being around creativity, someone who enjoys hearing local talent, or is an avid reader and patron of the literary arts, we want to hear from you. 

We are looking for anyone with an interest and any sort of talent including (but certainly not limited to) the following forms: 

  • Poetry

  • Spoken Word

  • Rap 

  • Stand-Up Comedy

  • Monologues 

  • Dramatised Readings 

  • Short Stories

  • Plays and Prose (excerpts) 

  • Singer/Songwriter 

  • Acoustic and Ambient Music


Our aim is to give a voice to everyone who wants to be heard. Our main aim is always to create an environment which is;​

  • Inclusive

  • Encouraging in nature

  • Formative – a developmental process

  • A space for nurturing confidence

  • A space in which feedback is encouraged

  • A safe space (not tolerating racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism or targeted attacks at ethnic and minority groups)

Our events will consist of 10 performances. 5 slots are available before the event  (email if you want to sign up), and 5 will be available on the night itself. We aim to have a range of modes, so we ask that you tell us the form you are working in when you sign up, so that we can plan the line-up accordingly. Our workshops take a variety of forms, from beginners workshops for those just starting out or looking to get back into writing, to more advanced master-classes for anyone really wanting to hone their craft - but we will always place the emphasis on curating a safe space for self-expression, focusing on how the act of sharing and performing can give you confidence in your writing.



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