Word Central

  • DATE

    21 May 2024

  • 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 Manchester Libraries and Flapjack Press.

Tuesday 21st May, 6.00pm – 7.45pm (doors 5.40pm), at Manchester Central Library.
Free entry.

Hosted by Tony Curry with special guest poet Sharena Lee Satti.

Book your open mic slot from noon on Tues 7th May 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.

Sharena Lee Satti is a poet, spoken word artist, educator, workshop facilitator, and an advocate for women and campaigning for their voices to be heard in society. She has been shortlisted for the Ruth Rendal Award 2024, nominated for the National Diversity Award (2022 and 2023), the British Indian Awards 2020, and as one of the ‘21 for 2021’ creatives most likely to make an impact on Bradford’s cultural scene. She was recently instrumental in delivering the first ever West Yorkshire Poetry Week as part of the West Yorkshire Poet Laureate Programme at the National Literacy Trust. Her collection ‘Shhhhhhhh’ was published by Verve in 2023.

Event host Tony Curry is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator who runs literature-in-the-community projects with a specific leaning towards mental health and wellbeing. His work has been exhibited at Manchester’s museum and art galleries, and his play, The Teddy Bear, was staged at Contact Theatre. Tony’s solo spoken word shows include Brit Boy, Complicit Relations, Moving and The Odyssey, performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, and he will be touring his new show, Tall Tales for All Men, adapted from his collection Tall Tales for Tall Men Who Fall Well Short, throughout the latter half of 2024.