Word Central

  • DATE

    23 November 2021

  • TIME

    6:00 pm to 7:50 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




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

Word Central Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word
Hosted by Tony Curry with special guest Steven P. Taylor.
Presented by Flapjack Press & Manchester Libraries.

You can book your open mic slot from noon on Tuesday 9th November via mail@flapjackpress.co.uk.
N.B. Open mic slots are 3 minutes per performer. Performance slots are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis from the stated booking day. If they are already filled you will be offered a space on the reserve list.

Host Tony Curry is a performance poet and playwright who runs literature-in-the-community projects with a specific leaning towards mental health and wellbeing. His 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. His third collection of poetry, We Kid Ourselves, was published by Flapjack Press in 2021.
“This is our poetry, these are our poems.” – Tony Walsh (poet)
“Tony’s poetry is a window into yesterday. I love it.” – Mike Garry (poet)

Our special guest for November is Steven P. Taylor, whose work ranges from character observation to hard hitting and political – although he is most well known for his humorous and topical work. During lockdown he published his third collection, 2020vision, with profits donated to Bury Hospice. Steven has worked with some of the biggest names in poetry and comedy, including Hovis Presley, Peter Kay and Jo Brand, and brings his new solo show to Bury Met in February 2022.
“Clever and funny. If I wasn’t now retired from writing I might even be slightly jealous.” – Phil Cool (comedian & writer)
“A funny man and a proper gent who writes proper poems.” – Dave Cohen (HIGNFY, Spitting Image, Horrible Histories writer)