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Word Central

Word Central hosted by Tony Curry.

Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word Presented by Flapjack Press and Manchester Libraries.

Book your open mic slot from noon on Tuesday 16th July via [email protected]

N.B. Open mic slots are 3 minutes per performer – it is essential that you stay within this timeframe.

Performance slots are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis from the stated booking time. If they are already filled you will be offered a place on the reserve list.

Our special guest for July is Dave Morgan, a writer, community educator, and arts organiser in the North-West of England. He co-founded the performance poetry organisation Write Out Loud, and curates events for the Bolton-based arts collective Live from Worktown. Dave is co-author of China: an integrated study [George G.Harrap & Co Ltd, 1975], and has two poetry collections with Flapjack Press – Chuang Tse’s Caterpillar [2016], several poems from which have recently been translated into Tamil for South Asian journal Thalam Quarterly, and On Not Being Observed, which was published earlier this year.

Event host Tony Curry is a poet, playwright, and workshop facilitator who runs literature-in-the-community projects with a specific leaning towards mental health and wellbeing. His work has been exhibited at Manchester’s museum and art galleries, and his play, The Teddy Bear, was staged at Contact Theatre. Tony’s solo spoken word shows include Brit Boy, Complicit Relations, Moving and The Odyssey, performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. In 2024 he will be touring his new show, Tall Tales for All Men, adapted from his collection Tall Tales for Tall Men Who Fall Well Short.