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Word Central – Open Mic Night

Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word hosted by Tony Curry.

Wednesday 6th November at Manchester Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD.
6pm – 8pm [doors open 5.30pm] – Free Entry.

We have two special guest poets in November, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger, members of
the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists collective in Wolverhampton.

Emma’s debut collection Close was published last autumn and follows on from her volume of
children’s poems, I Once Knew A Poem Who Wore A Hat, which won the Rubery Prize in 2017.

In the past twelve months she has won both the Making Waves poetry competition and the Shambala
Festival poetry slam. She will also be included in the Common People anthology for emerging
working-class writers and is currently responsible for an ongoing, multi-artist project by Multistory in
Sandwell, West Midlands.

Steve is a born story-teller. His latest collection a fine fine place was published in autumn 2017, and
followed on from the acclaimed more bees, bigger bonnets. This year he was one of the winners of
the Bread & Roses poetry competition and has worked closely with the CWU on delivering spoken word and poetry for their members. Steve has entertained audiences throughout the UK and you can expect poems on subjects from the personal right through to the global, with a wild detour via
outrageous dreaming.

Open mic spots for November are available to book from Wednesday 16th October via
[email protected].

N.B. Open mic slots are 3 minutes maximum and allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
If the open mic slots are already filled you will be offered a space on the reserve list.
In association with Manchester Libraries and Flapjack Press.