What does Oxford Road mean to you?
For Hafsah Aneela Bashir it’s attending university and growing into her own skin. For Andrew McMillan it’s a geographical portal into the past and memories of love. For Reshma Ruia it’s the rich tapestry of people and buildings from The Whitworth to The Refuge hotel. MLF and the Manchester Poetry Library have co-commissioned these three fantastic poets to create new micro-commissions for the first Corridor of Light Festival. Watch film footage of them performing their poems on location and discussing their work, imagination and Manchester. Hafsah was a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow from 2019-2020 and recently launched Poetry Health Service. Her debut collection is The Celox and The Clot. Andrew McMillan is the author of three poetry collections. His debut, physical, was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. His second, playtime, won the inaugural Polari Prize. Reshma’s debut poetry collection A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, won the debut Word Masala Award in 2019. Her writing has appeared in British and International anthologies and been commissioned for BBC Radio 4.