An Aviary of Common Birds – Book Launch

10 Aug, 7-10pm | Hackney Showroom | SOLD OUT

  • Lalah-Simone Springer is at a microphone with their eyes closed, hands open as if they are about to take flight

‘This collection is connected to worlds beyond this time. Trust the invisible currents.’ Deanna Rodger

‘An Aviary of Common Birds, is a breathtaking collection. A celebration of Black womanhood, queerness and the endz – these poems exude vulnerability, and take us on a journey through love, community, and conviction.’ Desree

Join Lalah-Simone Springer and friends at Hackney Showroom for a night of poetry and music to celebrate the launch of An Aviary of Common Birds by Broken Sleep Books.

An Aviary of Common Birds is Lalah-Simone Springer’s first collection of poetry. It is an emotionally raw work built on the poet’s deep wells of inner strength and heart-warming sensitivity. Springer’s poetry asks questions about love, family, community and working class relationships, and at the heart of the writing is acceptance. An Aviary of Common Birds is a collection which is always there for the lonely, reaching out a hand, dreaming of a brighter future.

Featuring performances from…

Alice Frecknall

Alice Frecknall (she/her) is a poet, short fiction writer, and fine artist. Her debut poetry collection, Somewhere Something is Burning, is published by Out-Spoken Press (2021). Her writing is widely anthologised, including in fourteen poems, bath magg, Butcher’s Dog, and The Stinging Fly. She was shortlisted for The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2023, and the Lightship International Short Story Prize, and has been three times shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry, most recently in 2023. Alice has an MA in Creative Writing, is a Roundhouse Poetry Collective alumna, and member of the UniSlam Post-Emerging Cohort. She has read her work at venues and festivals across the country.

Bhumika Billa

Bhumika Billa (she/her) is an Indian-origin poet, Kathak dancer, and legal academic, who first met our brilliant Lalah at Arvon in Dec 2021. She regularly sees people shed a tear or two whenever Lalah performs at Jawdance and is thrilled to be sharing some spotlight on Lalah’s big launch night! Over the last 2 years, Bhumi’s poems have been featured on/awarded by Button Poetry, BBC Words First, Outspoken Prize, Apples and Snakes, UK UniSlam, and Airplane Poetry Movement among others. She is currently exploring the themes of heritage, justice, and womanhood to bring together languages, art forms, and people.

Jaime Lock

Jaime Lock (they/them) is a poet from the Isles of Scilly. They have poems in fourteen poems, Broken Sleep Books’ ‘Cornish Modern Poetries’ anthology, Impossible Archetype and Signal House Edition among others. Jaime was a BBC New Creative and is currently a recipient of The Squint Playwriting Award.

Tatenda Naomi Matsvai

Tatenda Naomi Matsvai (aka 2tender – they/them) is a facilitator and devised performance maker, working with spoken word poetry in theatrical and non-theatrical performance contexts. Tatenda’s work is mainly bio mythical, infusing their lived experience with myth, to challenge colonial cosmologies. Their performances are joyful, participatory, and multidimensional.

They are currently developing their co-written show Hot Orange with Halfmoon Theatre.

Tatenda’s work has won the Vault Origins award, been Offie nominated, and performed as part of Theatre Peckham, The Roundhouse Camden, The Cockpit for Voila Europe! festival and Between.Pomiędzy literary Festival (Poland).

Food and drinks provided by Andrews Catering Company

About Lalah-Simone Springer
Lalah-Simone Springer is a poet and speculative fiction writer from Dagenham. (she/they). Lalah’s first poetry collection, An Aviary of Common Birds will be published by Broken Sleep Books in August 2023 . In 2022, they released the first single from their upcoming collaborative spoken word album, Cyclical Music. Lalah was long-listed for the Merky New Writers Prize in 2021 and has been published on the ANTHEMS podcast, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Onyx Magazine and more. Previous collaborations as a performance artist have been staged at The Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, Folkstone Fringe and Almanac Project Space.


‘A thought-provoking collection exploring memory, relationships, and the commonalities between people. Lalah’s care. Her love, wit and frustration permeate through these poems.’ Yomi Ṣode

‘Alive with the street songs of East London, Lalah-Simone Springer’s searching, tender poems speak through the sensory worlds of a first date ‘lesbian manicure’,  the ‘shukka-shukka sound’ of competitive clothes-washing,  the ‘sharp shock of pink, juicy fruit’. Moving from loss and desolation into a new-found-land of queer rapture, An Aviary of Common Bird’s voices capture the raw immediacies of desires and their fulfilments. Intoxicating and compelling, these spaces of transformation, liberation and self-claiming are urgently generous.’ alice hiller