By Annie Muir
‘The Other Room’ at The Castle Hotel: an evening of experimental Poetry, featuring Frances Presley, Gavin Selerie and Chris Stephenson. Free.
Wednesday 5th February, 7pm. The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester M2 4PD
‘Poets and Players’: Poetry read by Alice Oswald music by Chris Davies and Beth Allen. The music on the theme of ‘breath’ that Chris and Beth will perform was commissioned originally by the National Aspergillosis Centre, which treats patients with fungal disease of the lungs. Free.
Sat 8th Feb, 2.30pm. Reading Room, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
Carol Ann Duffy & Friends: An evening of poetry and music hosted by Manchester’s much-loved Poet Laureate: with readings from students and graduates of the Manchester Writing School at MMU, led by House Poet Liz Venn. £10 for concessions.
Mon 10th Feb, 7pm. The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester, M2 7DH
‘Evidently Stand Up’: Poetry every second Monday of the month at the Black Lion, Salford. Their aim is to bring poetry back to the masses and prove that it can be more than you were taught in school. £3 Entry.
Mon 10th Feb, 7.30pm. The Black Lion, 65 Chapel St, Salford, M3 5BZ
Young Enigma, Jackie Kay & guests: Renowned authors and poets Jackie Kay, Patience Agbabi and Gerry Potter join Manchesters young LGBT writers collective Young Enigma for an evening examining the theme of identity. Only £5 for concessions.
Tue 11th Feb, 7.30pm. Contact Theatre – Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
An Evening of Canadian Poetry: Canadian poets Sheri Benning, Richard Greene and Nyla Matuk escape the polar vortex to read in Manchester at the Burgess Foundations Engine House. Free.
Tue 18th Feb, 6.30pm. International Anthony Burgess Centre – Cambridge St, Manchester, M1 5BY, GB
Kate Tempest, Brand New Ancients: Poet and spoken word artist, Kate Tempest tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics. £7 for concessions, book it now!
Fri 21st Feb, 8pm. Contact Theatre
The Wasteland: Manchester’s pre-eminent new music ensemble Psappha in collaboration with The International Anthony Burgess Foundation presents Anthony Burgess’s musical setting of T.S. Eliot’s masterpiece. £9 for concessions.
Fri 28th Feb, 6pm. International Anthony Burgess Foundation