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Word Central

Word Central

Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word presented by Manchester Libraries and Flapjack Press

Tues 25th October, 6.00pm – 7.30pm (doors open 5.30pm) Free entry

Hosted by Tony Curry with guest poet Stevie Turner

Book your open mic slot from noon on Tues 11th October via [email protected]

NB Open mic slots are 3 minutes per performer

Performance slots are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis from the stated booking day

If they are already filled you will be offered a space on the reserve list

Event host Tony Curry is a performance poet, playwright and workshop facilitator, who runs literature-in-the-community projects with a specific leaning towards mental health and wellbeing.

Tony’s solo spoken word shows include Brit Boy, Complicit Relations, Moving and The Odyssey, performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. His play, The Teddy Bear, was staged at Manchester’s Contact Theatre and his work has been exhibited at the city’s art gallery and museum. His latest collection, We Kid Ourselves, was published by Flapjack Press in 2021.

September’s special guest Stevie Turner is a political and passionate poet whose work often pushes boundaries. Their debut collection Lost Decades was published this summer by Bent Key Publishing and is a personal yet relatable account of life without restrictive lines, examining the deep human connections we make throughout life. Stevie performed with the Northern Poetry Takeover at this year’s Brighton and Camden Fringe festivals and launched a new poetry event, Absinthe Nights, at Northern Monk earlier this month.