Word Central

  • DATE

    26 September 2023

  • TIME

    6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    Manchester Central Library
    St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Word Central Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word.
Presented by Flapjack Press & Manchester Libraries.

A FREE event every month at Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD.

Next event: Tuesday 26th September, 6.00pm – 7.45pm (doors open 5.40pm).

Hosted by Tony Curry with special guest Janine Booth.

Book your open mic slot from noon on Tues 12th September via mail@flapjackpress.co.uk.
N.B. Open mic slots are 3 minutes per performer – it is essential that you stay within this timeframe.
Performance slots are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis from the stated booking time.
If they are already filled you will be offered a place on the reserve list.

Our special guest Janine Booth is a Marxist, trade unionist, Labour Party member, socialist-feminist, supporter of Workers’ Liberty, autistic, bi, author, poet, disaffected middle-aged woman and Peterborough United fan. She writes and delivers trade union training, particularly on equalities issues, and speaks widely on socialist politics, history, disabled people’s rights, autism and neurodiversity. ‘The Big J vs The Big C: Issues, Experiences and Poems in the Battle Against Breast Cancer’ was published by Flapjack Press in 2019 and more recently she co-edited the anthology NeurodiVERSE.

Event host Tony Curry is a performance poet, playwright, workshop facilitator, soundsmith and enabler. Raised in Crawley by English and South African parents, he has lived and worked in Manchester for three decades, running 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.