Mirror to the State: Spoken Word Event and Competition

2018-03-07T16:09:15+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Events|


An exclusive spoken word event inspired by the truths from inside the wire that laid bare to the world the human voices that were caught up in the War on Terror. Fourteen years on, we invite you to listen to those same words and beyond in the hope that we do not just stand as witnesses but also work to empower and seek justice.

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Join us for an evening that will capture the journey from the black hole of Guantanamo to the counter-terrorism measures that serve as the backbone of what has lead to entire communities being held suspect. From racial profiling to institutionally embedded policies that target individually and collectively.

In a time where our words and thoughts are policed, we stand rooted firmly and dignified in our truth.

Hear our truths at first hand from survivors to witnesses and those still incarcerated as we raise our words and speak.

Date and Venue:

Saturday 18th November 6pm

The Atrium
124 Cheshire St,
London, E2 6EJ

*Food and refreshments will be provided. 



CAGE’s first ever spoken word competition

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In a time where words and expression itself are incriminated we invite you to write, express and speak your truth.

The subject of entry for the competition is ’17 years of the War on Terror’.

Rules for entry:

  • The subject of entry for the competition is ’17 years of the War on Terror’.
  • All poems must be the original work of the person entering and should not have been published previously or have been entered for other competitions.
  • Only one entry per person is to be submitted.
  • Closing date for all entries is the 13th of November 2017.
  • Entries are limited to a single page entry per submission.
  • There is no requirement in terms of style and format. If you wish to record your piece as a video in spoken word format you can submit it in video format but it must not exceed 5 minutes.
  • The poems will be judged by a panel and the winners/prizes 1st prize and 2nd prize will be announced at the official ‘mirror to the state’ spoken word event on Saturday the 18th of November.
  • Winners will be invited to read out their poems or they can select someone to read their piece out on the night.


(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)