Tony Curry is a poet and playwright for stage and radio and the host of Word Jam and Word Central, two of Manchester's monthly spoken word and music nights. His solo shows include 'Brit Boy' (1999), 'Complicit Relations' (2000), 'Moving' (2004) and 'The Odyssey' (2008). In 2012 he launched Manchester Men's Health, an organisation that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of men through creative interventions with an emphasis on poetry and the spoken word.
Men, hey? Rumbustious buccaneers and fallible flotsam. They set sail upon calm seas and weather storms; they love, they long, they grieve and hopefully find safe harbour. From childhood to supposed adulthood, these simple yet complex creatures battle expectation and seek understanding. It's a fantastical voyage in a changing world where a wave can sometimes be mistaken, but where there are still countless treasures to be found...
This book is also intended as a resource to work with young men and men, in enabling them to relate to the different aspects of their lives through the use of planned and evaluated workshops [manchestermenshealth.com].
"This collection is a journey of care and understanding for men." - Cathy Crabb, playwright & poet
"The 'our town' of Tony's poetry is our town too. The smells that he evokes - fish and chips, beer and cigs, blood and spunk - these are our smells too. This is our poetry, these are our poems. They smell of home and friendship." - Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence 2011
"Tony's words make great music for the mind. This truly is modern, understandable, smart, real and, dare I say it, male poetry. Open to anyone." - Neil Bell, actor & sonic poet
"The words are attached to truth, the truth of hurt and family and friendship. The language rocks us to waking up to the beauty in the pain and the love in the loss. He will come to mind and make you smile and cry, a poet full of the fire of our times. Connect to the terrible now with one of the best poets around." - John G. Hall, poet
Tidied, polished and perfect bound for its re-issue in 2012, Tony's debut collection bristles with thought provoking honesty, dry humour and eloquent charm. Including his anthemic, lyrical classics 'The Signed', 'The Gorilla Was On Ecstasy' and 'Brighton Days', The Noble Savage finally secures his heartfelt performance poetry to the page.
"Tony Curry's poetry is a window into yesterday. A rhythmic world of skunk, Es and 501s, gorillas, queens and signing on. Historical and poetic. I love it." - Mike Garry, poet & author of Mancunian Meander
Cover by Brink, illustrations by Martin 'Visceral' Stannage.
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