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Poetic Prizes: The Forward Prizes takes on the North

Poetic Prizes: The Forward Prizes takes on the North

After relocating to Manchester’s Contract Theatre, the Mancunion attends the prestigious Forward Prizes for a night of awe and bereavement
Review: Cocktails and Cinquains #2

Review: Cocktails and Cinquains #2

Cocktails and Cinquains returned for a second event at Contact, following its debut at Keisha Thompson’s welcome party
Album Review: The Line Is A Curve – Kae Tempest

Album Review: The Line Is A Curve – Kae Tempest

Conrad Pope reviews the excellent new LP from South London spoken-word artist Kae Tempest.
Live Review: Freya Beer bewitches Night & Day

Live Review: Freya Beer bewitches Night & Day

Sarah Taylor reviews an enchanting set from Freya Beer, who interweaves poetry with glam-rock instrumentals making for a captivating show.
UoM’s very own BookTokker

UoM’s very own BookTokker

Hannah Wellock talks to Shyemah El-Azzabi, UoM’s very own BookTokker about her BookTok
Review: As British as a Watermelon

Review: As British as a Watermelon

Alex Bikard reviews Mandla Rae’s As British as a Watermelon at Contact Theatre
Siren rising: In conversation with Freya Beer

Siren rising: In conversation with Freya Beer

Hailed as a “raw and thrilling new talent”, Freya Beer mixes poetic lyrics inspired by Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. With a distinct gothic sound influenced by Nick Cave and the films of David Lynch. With a string of stellar singles under her belt already, music critic John Hobbs predicts a Mercury Prize for Freya. […]
Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore and Ellen Conlan Ellis’ new collaborative series for The Mancunion explores Roman mythology in a brand new way
Review: The Fire of Joy by Clive James

Review: The Fire of Joy by Clive James

The Fire of Joy is the final book by Clive James. It’s a beautiful exploration of the history of poetry
In conversation with 21 magazine

In conversation with 21 magazine

Aileen Loftus chats with John from 21 to find out more about the literary magazine and the process of translation
Nocturnal – Tom Branfoot

Nocturnal – Tom Branfoot

One of Manchester’s finest young poets, Tom Branfoot, explores the liminal sense of darkness in new poem ‘Nocturnal’
Lockdown Poem – Lucy Johnson

Lockdown Poem – Lucy Johnson

In our final piece of lockdown writing, Lucy Johnson’s poem is a poignant piece about distance during the pandemic
Closure – Heidy Lo

Closure – Heidy Lo

Heidy Lo has been writing for five years, and her latest piece ‘Closure’ is available to read here
Poems by Dana Kenzhekeyeva

Poems by Dana Kenzhekeyeva

New to Manchester, Erasmus student Dana Kenzhekeyeva describes her experience of lockdown in two new poems
Alexa – Zoe Bracegirdle

Alexa – Zoe Bracegirdle

In an analysis of the relationship we have with our technology, Zoe Bracegirdle writes a love poem to her Alexa
the last time we went to the library – Bea Bacon

the last time we went to the library – Bea Bacon

Bea Bacon kicks off the creative submissions section with a reminiscing poem longing for the library lost
Lockdown haiku diary – Weng U Pun

Lockdown haiku diary – Weng U Pun

Weng U Pun’s innovative lockdown haiku diary dictates the ins and outs of her lockdown experience
The lockdown that unlocked humanity by Haya Genawi

The lockdown that unlocked humanity by Haya Genawi

Haya Genawi’s poem details current events in lockdown’s relationship with BLM
Poetry pamphlets and pub quizzes: Lit Soc’s virtual freshers events

Poetry pamphlets and pub quizzes: Lit Soc’s virtual freshers events

English Lit Society want your submissions
Acid Maia: Absence & Absinthe

Acid Maia: Absence & Absinthe

Manchester-based creator Acid Maia sets the scene for the extensive and ‘genre-bending’ body of work in the cataclysmic places within our world where our concrete societies and the wild collide; the rural space that walks the line of two sublime forces that do battle every day. The contrast is present within the overgrown ivy on […]

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