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19 September 2022
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
All ages welcome
Free (but please book)
Chorlton Book Festival & Manchester Libraries
Starring Gerry Potter, Geneviève L. Walsh, James Hartnell, Laura Taylor and Tony Curry
Hosted by Melanie Neads
FREE but booking essential
Gerry Potter is a poet, playwright, actor and director, and creator and destroyer of the infamous gingham diva Chloe Poems. He has a reputation for putting his Scouse voice on the line and National Museums Liverpool lists him among their city’s leading LGBTQ+ icons. His poetry collection Planet Young was Bafta-winner Sophie Willan’s chosen book on BBC TV’s Between the Covers.
Geneviève L. Walsh founded Halifax’s Spoken Weird in 2013, was a core member of acclaimed national touring troupe A Firm of Poets, and is a curator of Manchester’s Stirred Poetry collective. Geneviève has toured a solo poetry show, A Place in the Shade, and their sublimely subversive new collection, Vitriol Works, explores social and sexual politics, identity and alienation.
James Hartnell is poet and newspaper columnist who is presently editor of Current Accounts, the international magazine of Bank Street Writers. He created the Bolton International Writing Project, which saw work in twenty-nine languages published and performed, engaging hundreds immigrants from the Bolton community. Songs of Submission, his elegant and lyrical new collection, is out now.
Laura Taylor has challenged arbitrary forms of authority all her life. Now in her prime, she understands fully the potency of kindness in a world intent on creating division. Her new collection, Speaking in Tongues, challenges inequality and explores the slippery and inconclusive condition of language, the power of ideology, and the process of myth-making.
Tony Curry is a performance poet and playwright who runs literature-in-the-community projects concerned with mental health and wellbeing. Since 2016, he has been the host of Word Central, the monthly open mic and spoken word event at Manchester Central Library. His latest poetry collection, We Kid Ourselves, explores intimacy, identity, intolerance, and the rise of righteousness.
Event host Melanie Neads is a poet and playwright whose play Drowning Aristotle won the City Life Best of Manchester play award. She co-founded the Pavilion Theatre Company and was Drama Co-ordinator for the Salford Young Person’s University. Her poetry collection Selkie Singing at the Passing Place, co-authored with Sarah Miller, was Best Collaborative Work runner-up at the Saboteur Awards.
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