An Evening of Queer Poetry with Fourteen Poems

  • DATE

    17 October 2023

  • TIME

    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    1a Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DN

Join us for a free evening of queer poetry featuring live readings from four outstanding poets who have been published in Fourteen Poems. Doors at 5.30 with readings beginning at 6, refreshments provided, copies of Fourteen Poems available to purchase on the night.

Line up:

Andrew McMillan
Remi Graves
Carson Wolfe
Mícheál McCann


UNITOM bookshop, 1A Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1DN

About Fourteen Poems:

Fourteen Poems is a London-based poetry journal, publishing the most exciting LGBTQ+ poets 3 times a year.
Every issue we bring together fourteen of the best poets in the world, printing their queer takes on sex, love, race, gender and life in the LGBTQ+ global community.

About the poets:

Andrew McMillan:

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection ‘physical’ was the only ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ Award (2014). It was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Polari First Book Prize. His third collection, pandemonium, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2021, and 100 Queer Poems, the acclaimed anthology he edited with Mary Jean Chan, was published by Vintage in 2022. He is a Professor of Contemporary Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Remi Graves:

A former Barbican Young Poet, Remi’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, at St Paul’s Cathedral and elsewhere. Recent commissions include ‘don’t text me, i’m dreaming’ for Apples and Snakes and ‘On Breathing’ for Barbican Centre. Remi has taught courses at The Poetry School and delivers workshops in schools and libraries across London and the UK. Remi was a 2017 National Poetry Day Ambassador and has performed at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Tate Modern and more.

Remi’s debut poetry pamphlet ‘With Your Chest’ will be published by Fourteen Poems in September 2023. Pulling at the cords of gender’s curtains, watchful of the slippages of our performative masks, With Your Chest is luminously generous and vulnerable. Remi’s poems do justice to the failures and violences of category and yet — thirsting for more than this — are courageous enough to refuse to rest there. In a spirit of playfulness, of childhood, of starlings, Graves’ poems glance towards the edges from which we leap, attentive not to where we might land, but to how we might take flight.

Carson Wolfe:

Carson Wolfe (they/them) is a Mancunian poet and winner of the Northern Writers’ Debut Poetry Prize (2023). Their pamphlet Boy(ish) Vest (2022) was praised by Dr Kim Moore as an ‘unforgettable, risk-taking, roller-coaster of a book’. Their work has appeared in Rattle, Fourteen Poems, Button Poetry, The Penn Review, and New Welsh Review, amongst others. In 2022, Carson was the Comino Poet in Residence at Falinge Park High School where they delivered a six-week poetry workshop on writing and performance. They currently serve as a teaching assistant to the American writer, Megan Falley, on her online writing course Poems That Don’t Suck. Carson lives in Manchester with their wife and three children and hopes to move out of the city once they have gained their MFA in creative writing.

Mícheál McCann:

Mícheál McCann was born in Derry City and has published poems in The Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Queering the Green, Cyphers, Romance Options: Love Poems for Today and The Manchester Review. His first pamphlet of poems Safe Home was published in June 2020 by Green Bottle Press. He was the co-editor of Hold Open the Door (UCD Press, 2020), an anthology concerned with Irish poetry and the role of mentorship. Kei Miller selected him for the International Literature Showcase 2021 as Miller’s 10 emerging writers to watch out for, alongside individuals like Daisy LaFarge, Rachel Long and Gail McConnell. A second pamphlet of poems, Keeper was published in 2022, as was a collaborative art book, Waking Light, with Kerri ní Dochartaigh and Skein Press. He is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry and is at work on his first full collection of poems.
He is the founding editor of catflap, Outburst Queer Arts’ in-house literary magazine of poetry and non-fiction, and is the IWC Young Writers Mentor during the 2023 Belfast Book Festival, of which he is also a co-programmer.


UNITOM is a visual arts orientated bookshop and lifestyle store offering a hand-picked selection of cultural inspiration, located in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Stevenson Square.

We offer a wide array of publications on contemporary art, design, fashion, photography and counterculture alongside an extensive range of independent magazines, self-published and small press titles sourced from artists and publishers around the globe.