First Headliners

We’re excited to announce the first of this year’s headliners, giant of the global dance music community, DJ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy; one of the UK’s finest comedians, Shaparak Khorsandi, and award-winning poet, writer, and the Sunday Times bestselling author, Hollie McNish.

DJ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

DJ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy is a pioneer of the resurgence of vinyl and a true music aficionado whose standing in the global dance music community has never been higher. Colleen will be playing an evening set on the Sunlight Stage on Saturday 22 June and at dawn, Sunday 23 June, brings her signature Balearic Breakfast set to welcome the new day on Lowestoft’s South Beach.

Shaparak Khorsandi

Shaparak Khorsandi, comedian, author, speaker, and advocate for human rights headlines our comedy programme with a late- night show at our partner venue, The Seagull Theatre. Expect a fast-paced, celebratory hour from this much-loved Fringe institution and the author of recently published, Scatterbrain, how I finally got off the ADHD rollercoaster.

Tickets on sale end of March.

Hollie McNish

Award-winning poet, writer, performer and Sunday Times bestselling author of Slug, Hollie McNish, brings her inimitable style to the First Word zone.  Hollie’s brand-new collection Lobster is out in March 2024, a book written out of both hate and love for the world, asking the question of what we have been taught to hate and if we might learn to love again…