a semaphore-exploding mind-flow 
open mic poetry & spoken word hosted by Tony Curry 

Next event: Wednesday 6th June at
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors open 5.30pm] - Free Entry 

With special guest Thick Richard
Thick Richard has been peddling his potty-mouthed punk poetry since the turn of the century. He has supported John Hegley, Kate Tempest, Jerry Sadowitz, Arthur Smith, The Fall and (sort of) John Cooper Clarke, performed on BBC Radio 4 and presented Radio 6 Music's Beat of the Day. He was co-host of Bang Said the Gun: Manchester and his one-man show Swear School premiered in 2016 before touring nationally. His debut collection, Vaudavillain, was published by Flapjack Press last year.


The open mic is now full
To get your name on the reserve list email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk 
NB Open mic slots are 3 minutes maximum 

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In association with Flapjack Press and Manchester Library & Information Service 


Upcoming events:
Wed 6th June with guest Thick Richard 
Tues 3rd July with guest Alex Slater 
Special event: Sat 14th July at St Michael's Church, Flixton 7.30pm with guest Melanie Rees 
Special event: Thurs 26th July at Gorton Monastery [time tbc] with guest Alice Brockway 
Thurs 2nd August [guest tbc] 
Thurs 6th September with guest Laura Taylor 
[No event in October] 
Thurs 1st November [guest tbc] 
Special event: Wed 21st November at Chorlton Library [guest tbc] 
Thurs 6th December [guest tbc] 

Previous events and guest poets:
May 2018 with Hilary Walker
April 2018 with George Melling
February 2018 with Fat Roland
January 2018 with Potting Shed Pete
December 2017 with Cynthia Buell Thomas
November 2017 (Chorlton Library special event) with Geneviève L. Walsh
November 2017 with Mark Mace Smith
September 2017 with Dominic Berry
August 2017 with Joy France
July 2017 [no special guest] 
June 2017 [no special guest] 
May 2017 (Withington Library special event) with Ciarán Hodgers
May 2017 with Geneviève L. Walsh
April 2017 with Dave Morgan & The Green Door Ensemble
March 2017 with Cathy Crabb
February 2017 with Rebecca Audra Smith & Anna Percy
January 2017 with Gerry Potter
December 2016 with Dave Viney
November 2016 (Chorlton Library special event) with Rosie Garland
November 2016 with Dr Dermot Glennon
October 2016 with Sarah Miller & Melanie Rees
September 2016 with Marvin Cheeseman
August 2016 with Laura Taylor
July 2016 with Steph Pike 

Tony Curry Hialry Walker George Melling Fat Roland Potting Shed Pete Cynthia Buell Thomas Geneviève L. Walsh Mark Mace Smith Dominic Berry Joy France Paul Neads Ciarán Hodgers Geneviève L. Walsh The_Green_Door_Ensemble Dave Morgan Cathy Crabb Rebecca Audra Smith Anna Percy Gerry Potter Dave Viney Rosie Garland Dr Dermot Glennon Sarah Miller Melanie Rees Marvin Cheeseman Laura Taylor Steph Pike Tony Curry

[Left to right: Tony Curry (host); Hilary Walker, George Melling; Fat Roland; Potting Shed Pete; Cynthia Buell Thomas; Geneviève L. Walsh; Mark Mace Smith; Dominic Berry; Joy France; Paul Neads (guest host, Aug & Sept 2017); Ciarán Hodgers; Geneviève L. Walsh; Dave Morgan; Dave Morgan & The Green Door Ensemble; Cathy Crabb; Becca Audra Smith; Anna Percy; Gerry Potter; Dave Viney; Rosie Garland; Dermot Glennon; Sarah Miller; Melanie Rees; Marvin Cheeseman; Laura Taylor; Steph Pike; Tony Curry] 

Word Central rose from the ashes of Word Jaminn, the open mic night in Chorlton, where we were blessed with such special guest performers as Cathy Crabb, Kieren King, Rod Tame, Jackie Hagan, Sarah Miller & Dominic Berry. 

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