Talks & Spoken Word, Performances

The last Helsinki Spoken Word of 2018 will be headlined by British poetry superstar Hollie McNish.

Helsinki Spoken Word: Hollie McNish (UK), Saaramaria, Harri Hertell

Helsinki Spoken Word brings to Korjaamo the most interesting spoken word artists whose words make a difference. On every night we’ll have an international headliner - a rare treat in Helsinki’s poetry scene.

The last Helsinki Spoken Word of 2018 will be headlined by a British spoken word superstar Hollie McNish. Also two Finnish artists will take the spotlight: Saaramaria and Harri Hertell.

Thursday 29.11. / doors 19.00 / showtime 19.30
Tickets: 10,50 / 12 €

The event is both in English and Finnish.

Helsinki Spoken Word is organised by Korjaamo and Harri Hertell who also hosts the events.

Meet the poets

Hollie McNish

With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’ and with fans ranging from Emma Watson, Robin Ince, Pink and Tim Minchen, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. Expect strong language as she talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more.


Saaramaria is a poet and a playwright. Having lived in many places she has formed her identity somewhere beyond the borders. She collects books from her travels and aspires to enjoy poetry in multiple languages. Her poems deal with themes such as self-identification, representations and inequality.

Harri Hertell

Harri Hertell is a spoken word artist, DJ and a producer from Helsinki. He has written five poetry books. His newest book Pelotta was published in May 2018 and it deals with subjects such as fatherhood, family and the brevity of life. The book also touches topical themes like racism and the fear of otherness. Hertell’s poems have been translated into several languages and his work has been published in multiple anthologies and literary magazines.

Photo: Saara Mansikkamäki

Spoken what?

Spoken word is a form of performance art based on words. It often merges storytelling, poetry, music, film and theatre. Common subjects of spoken word include current events and social matters, often laced with a dose of humor.

Buy a ticket

Korjaamo Kino Töölö

Töölönkatu 51 b 00250 Helsinki Tel. 0400 824 229

Mon-Fri 9:00-20:00

Sat-Sun 11:00-20:00

Ticket Office closes when the last screening starts.

Korjaamo Kino Bio Rex

Mannerheimintie 22-24 00100 Helsinki Tel. +358 40 334 56 17 (NB! Only in use when the theatre is open.)

Mon-Thu closed

Fri 17:00-20:00

Sat-Sun 13:00-20:00

Ticket Office opens one hour before the first screening and closes when the last screening starts.

Korjaamo Customer Service

Mon-Fri 09:00-20:00

Sat-Sun 11:00-20:00

Tickets to Korjaamo events and gigs are sold by Tiketti. Tickets to Korjaamo Kino film screenings at Info desk +358 400 824 229. Ticket sales +358 44 700 8822.

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Mon 11:00-20:00

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Lunch on weekdays 11–14, brunch on Sat and Sun 11–15. À la carte from Tue to Sat 16–22 (no dinner service on Sunday and Monday). Table reservations through TableOnline or +358 40 504 0942. We reserve the right to change opening hours. NB! On Fri 23 Nov, the restaurant closes at 2 pm. Lunch will be served from 11 am to 2 pm.

Contact details


Info & Korjaamo Kino: +358 400 824 229 Ticket Sales for Events: +358 44 700 8822

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