Tony Curry is a performance poet, playwright, workshop facilitator, soundsmith and enabler. His solo spoken word shows include Brit Boy, Complicit Relations, Moving and The Odyssey, and he is the host of Word Central, Flapjack Press's monthly open mic night at Manchester Central Library.


Tall Tales For Tall Men by Tony Curry
Tall Tales For Tall Men Who Fall Well Short
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9570141-4-5 | 90pp | 2012
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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].

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"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

"This collection is a journey of care and understanding for men." - Cathy Crabb, playwright & poet

Cover image & photos by Rik Jundi, illustrations by Brink & Martin 'Visceral' Stannage.


Tony Curry: The Noble Savage
The Noble Savage
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9542816-2-5 | 32pp | 2007
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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

The Signed
from The Noble Savage © Tony Curry, 2007

It was almost a state occasion
They all left their desks to wave me off
 
On the 16th of May 2000
Tony Curry signed off
 
'Where were you when Tony Curry signed off?'
People will now say
 
I'd some happy times there
The pattern
Once a fortnight
Seemed to suit
 
I enjoyed myself
Teasing
Tweaking
Bureaucracy
 
The new recruits were the best
Spot them a mile off
Their ties done up
Their hair in place
 
They were there to help those
Who Wanted To Help Themselves
 
But I'd have them out that chair
More often than new schemes
 
'Can you tell me about...?'
'What about...?'
'What if...?'
I'd ask
All raised eyes
And please help mes
They would have to seek advice
From old legs
 
The Old Legs
Great team
Their ties half-mast
Their hair out of place
They were either just going into
Or just out of remission
You'd see them scampering outside for fag breaks
Disappearing for days
For that elusive claim
They knew me
We both knew the Rules of Engagement
 
This one day
New Boy
Seeks the Don's advice
(The Don
Is a Master
His hair has a strange grey tinge
His suit hangs shoddily
His face is drawn badly)
 
The Don listens
To New Boy
Who asks big things from Mr Curry
 
'Who?' Don asks
I'm pointed
And found
 
I wave
And smile
 
The Don
Mouths something like
'You little mucker!'
And he puts his arm round New Boy and says
'That son, is Tony Curry.
A genuine pain in the arse.
He knows more than the rest of us -
You're better off asking him.
It is a game son,
A game.
You see, some of them like it here.
...Not like us.'
 
So it was with real tears
And genuine trepidation
That I stepped out of The Job Centre
For that last time
 
Don stood by the door
'So you really are going?'
 
'Yes, Don,
Can't believe it.
Life can be so cruel.'
 
Don looked upset
'You will write,
Or visit?'
 
'Course I will, Don.
How about once a fortnight?'
 
And we both laughed
Hollow
Laughs

Cover by Brink, illustrations by Martin 'Visceral' Stannage.

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