Book launch: Raining Upwards by Henry Normal

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Forthcoming Events:
Travelling Second Class Through Hope - 14 Sept - Old Fire Station, Carlisle; 15 Sept - Paines Plough Roundabout, Grasmere; 16 Sept - The Storey Institute, Lancaster
Raining Upwards - 27 Sept - Waterstones, Nottingham; 29 Sept - Central Library, Manchester; 30 Sept - Southport (details tbc); 3 Oct - Komedia, Brighton; 5 Oct - Poetry Cafe, London

Book launch: Vaudavillain by Thick Richard

Thick Richard has been peddling his potty-mouthed punk poetry since the turn of the century. He has supported John Cooper Clarke, Kate Tempest, Arthur Smith and The Fall, performed on BBC Radio 4 and presented Radio 6 Music's Beat of the Day. His one-man show Swear School premiered in 2016, before touring nationally. Vaudavillain is the first time his words have been successfully trapped in a book.

Book Launch at Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Sq M2 5PD
Tuesday 5th September, 6pm - 8pm (doors open 5.30pm), free entry

Author performance and book signing with special guest Dave Viney

"Thick Richard's poems remind you of things you'd forgotten were true. His words are rattling and brilliant and shoot life back at you in all its futility and chaos and wonder." - Kate Tempest

"I like a bit of fun, but this is ridiculous... Stu-fucking-pendous!" - John Cooper Clarke

"Much funnier than William Wordsworth. Thick Richard is an idiot on drugs. Excellent. The thundering verse tramples over you leaving an acrid smell in its wake." - Arthur Smith

Word Central open mic Wed 6 Sept

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

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

With special guest poet Dominic Berry
Glastonbury Festival poet in residence 2017 and Saboteur Awards' Best Spoken Word Performer 2017

The open mic slots are already filled - to get your name on the reserve list email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk 
[NB Open mic slots are 4 minutes maximum

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In association with Flapjack Press and Manchester Library and Information Service

Book launch: Gerry Potter's Accidental Splendour of the Splash

Gerry Potter book launch

Gerry Potter book launch

Word Central open mic: Thurs 3rd August

WORD CENTRAL 
a semaphore-exploding mind-flow 
open mic poetry & spoken word hosted (in August) by Brink 

Next event: 
Thursday 3rd August at 
Manchester Central Library 
St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD 
6pm - 8pm [doors open 5.30pm]
Free entry

With special guest poet Joy France
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All open mic slots are now filled - to get your name on the reserve list please email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk 
[NB Open mic slots are 4 minutes maximum] 

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See Colourquest at Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

Colourquest by A.K. McAllister - available now in paperback and eBook from Flapjack Press.

A story for colour seekers of all ages and cultures to share.

 See Colourquest live at Salford Arts Theatre from 6th - 9th July, part of the Greater Manchester Fringe. Tickets available from the theatre Box Office or phone 0161 925 0111.

"Fans of Lord of the Rings and Labyrinth enjoy this excellent story. Pitched perfectly for the family audience, Colourquest is an engaging tale for kids of all ages" - Salford Star

"Colourquest takes us on a fantastical quest. In the land of Chromatia in a walled town called Monotown live two 11 year olds, Talia and Aaron. Their world has been cursed by the evil Shadowfolk. The curse dictates that all colours apart from black and white have been eradicated and people from their town are disappearing. Can Talia and Aaron take on The Shadowfolk and retrieve the stolen Heartstone to bring colour back to their world? Join us as we follow them on their quest, meeting all sorts of creatures, such as Treeleapies, Goatfolk Warriors and a Light Maiden in The Forest of the Whispering Trees, through a graveyard and on to The Blackice Mountains - facing danger all the way ..."

Word Central open mic Wed 5th July

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

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

All of July's open mic slots are now filled 
To get your name on the reserve list please email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk 
[NB Open mic slots are 4 minutes maximum] 

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New Title: Colourquest by A.K.McAllister

New Title Out Now

Colourquest by A.K.  McAllister
Colourquest by A.K. McAllister

children's prose & show adaptation, ages 8+ | ISBN 978-0-9955012-3-2 | 180pp | 2017
rrp £9.99 | book + p&p £11.48 | ebook £6.49 
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A curse has been imposed on the land of Chromatia by The Shadowfolk: all colours, apart from black and white, have been taken from the world.

Frustrated by the curse and the wall surrounding their home, two children, Talia and Aaron, agree to go on a dangerous adventure - a fantastic quest to solve the riddle of The Puzzlestone, unravel the mystery of the three circles, recover the stolen Heartstone, and bring back colour to their world...

A story for all the family to share. Suitable to be read from age 8 and perfect to read to younger children.

Reading this story... It is, of course, perfectly acceptable and appropriate to read this story by yourself. However, it would also be a really good idea to share Colourquest with family, friends, reading groups, theatre groups, school groups - any groups you can get together really. Reading out loud with others is such a healthy pastime, maybe even better than chocolate ... maybe.

"Colourquest is a story for colour seekers of all ages and cultures to share. However you read it, I hope you enjoy it." - A. K. McAllister

Amazon 5-star reviews:
“Fantastic fun.”
"Great story and a great book!”
“Thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommended.”

Cover art & illustrations by the author.

Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.

Word Central open mic Thursday 1st June

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

Next event: 
Thursday 1st June at 
Manchester Central Library 
St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD 
6pm - 8pm [doors open 5.30pm], free entry

All the open mic slots are now filled. To book your place on the reserve list please email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk 
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Word Central - Special Event

A special Word Central - out 'n' about celebrating Withington Library's birthday.

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Book launch: Travelling Second Class Through Hope by Henry Normal


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Word Central open mic 3rd May

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

Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors open 5.30pm], free entry 

Next event: Wednesday 3rd May 2017 
with special guest Geneviève L. Walsh 

All the open mic spots are now filled.
To get yourself on the reserve list email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk 

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May's guest Geneviève L. Walsh is a Yorkshire-raised Londoner who began performing her work in March 2012. She founded Halifax's Spoken Weird after a year on the open mic circuit, a night that came into creation thanks to the death of Margaret Thatcher and a typo. In 2013 she became a core member of nationally acclaimed poetry organisation A Firm of Poets. Her debut solo collection The Dance of a Thousand Losers was published this year by Flapjack Press. 

Gerry Potter - Live at The Castle

Gerry Potter Live

Word Central open mic - 6th April

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

Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors open 5.30pm], free entry 

Next event: Thursday 6th April 2017 
with special guest Dave Morgan & The Green Door Ensemble 

Open mic slots (4 mins max) are now filled - please email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk to get your name on the reserve list. 

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April's guest Dave Morgan is a writer, educationalist and community artsorganiser in the North West of England. In 2004 he co-founded the performancepoetry organisation Write out Loud and more recently has been a co-curator ofthe Live from Worktown Festivals in Bolton. His collection Chuang Tse's Caterpillar was published last year by Flapjack Press. 

Saboteur Awards 2017

Voting for this year's Saboteur Awards closes at 1pm on Friday 31st March, so get your votes in for any Flapjack related events, publications and poets now!

www.saboteurawards.org

Geneviève L. Walsh Book Tour

Book launch: The Dance of a Thousand Losers by Geneviève L. Walsh

Gen Walsh
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Rosie Garland: As in Judy. Book Tour 2016/17

Rosie Garland:
As in Judy Book Tour 2016/17

Dec 7: Central Library, Manchester
Dec 13: Writers in the Bath, Sheffield
Jan 18: Poems, Prose & Pints, Harrogate
Jan 25: Bad Language, Manchester
Jan 27: Polari, Southbank Centre, London
Feb 3: Club BIG / Rock Art preview night, HOMEmcr
Feb 8: Wordplay, Halifax
Feb 14: WI talk, Rochdale
Feb 22: Campus Pride, Leeds Beckett Uni
Mar 2: Utter!, Luton
Mar 7: Word!, Leicester
Mar 10: Women of the World, London
Mar 12: For Books’ Sake / Wonder Women, Manchester
May 13: The BookCase, Hebden Bridge
May 19: Manky Poets, Chorlton Arts Festival
Jun 30: Word Club, Leeds

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Book Launch: No Tigers by Dominic Berry

No Tigers book launch
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Word Central open mic - 2nd March

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

Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors open 5.30pm], free entry

Next event: Thursday 2nd March 2017
with special guest Cathy Crabb

All the open mic slots (4 mins max) are now filled. To get on the reserve list email mail@flapjackpress.co.uk

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March's guest Cathy Crabb is an award-winning playwright who has written extensively for the stage, including the plays 'Beautiful House', 'Moving Pictures' and the critically acclaimed 'The Bubbler'. 'Meat Pie, Sausage Roll', her second musical in collaboration with Lindsay Williams and Carol Donaldson, premieres at Oldham Coliseum on 3rd March. Cathy's poetry features on sculptures by Emma Hunter at the former site of Elk Mill in Chadderton and her two poetry collections, Beside the See-Side and Mumb (a personal exploration of the dark side of motherhood), are both published by Flapjack Press.

Word Central open mic: 1st February 2017

Word Central
A semaphore exploding mind flow
Open Mic poetry hosted by TonyCurry

Manchester Central Library, StPeter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors 5.30pm], free entry

Wednesday 1st February
with special guests Anna Percy
& Rebecca Audra Smith

Please contact mail@flapjackpress.co.uk to reserve your open mic spot (4 minutes). 

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February's guests: Anna Percy was born and educated in Norwich and has beenwriting for performance and publication since 2004. Rebecca Audra Smith comesfrom Gloucestershire, but enjoys being an honorary Mancunian. In 2010 theyco-founded Stirred, Manchester's influential pro-feminist collective whichorganises poetry performances and writing workshops. Their joint collection, Lustful Feminist Killjoys was published by Flapjack Press in 2016.

New titles for 2017

No Tigers by Dominic Berry (paperback)
The Dance of a Thousand Losers by Geneviève L. Walsh (paperback & eBook)
Travelling Second Class Through Hope by Henry Normal (paperback & eBook)
Colourquest by A.K. McAllister (paperback)
The Accidental Splendour of the Splash by Gerry Potter (paperback & eBook)
Swear School by Thick Richard (paperback & eBook)

Word Central open mic dates for 2017

Rosie Garland: As in Judy - Book Launch



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Word Central open mic 1st December

Word Central
A semaphore exploding mind flow
Open Mic poetry hosted by TonyCurry

Manchester Central Library, StPeter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors 5.30pm], free entry

Thursday 1st December
with special guest Dave Viney
 

Please contact mail@flapjackpress.co.uk to reserve your open mic spot (4 minutes). 

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December's guest Dave Viney grew up in Stretford, Manchester. He startedwriting poetry and short stories at the age of 14, largely in secret - due to ashortage of poets in the area and an excess of people who liked to punch poetsin the face. Host of Bang Said the Gun: Manchester and a regular guest atpoetry nights across the UK, he has written and performed for BBC ManchesterRadio, written and performed two sell out shows at the Lowry Theatre as part ofthe Working Verse Collective, was the 2013 Poet Laureate of Kendal CallingFestival and in 2014 debuted his one man spoken word show 'Shapes' at theEdinburgh Fringe.

Chorlton Book Festival Open Mic

Chorlton Book Festival

Mumb by Cathy Crabb: Book Launch

Mumb by Cathy Crabb
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Word Central Open Mic, Thursday 3rd November

Word Central 
A semaphore exploding mind flow 
Open Mic poetry hosted by Tony Curry 

Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD 
6pm - 8pm [doors 5.30pm], free entry 

Next event: Thursday 3rd November 
with special guest Dermot Glennon
 

Update: Open Mic slots are now filled. Please contact mail@flapjackpress.co.uk to get your name on the reserve list. 

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Dr Dermot Glennon is a Silver Stake Slam-winning performer, prize-winning author of short stories covering multiple genres, and is possibly one of the greatest poets and philosophers of the last century by virtue of this being subjective and non-specific. His published poetry collections include Anthems and Album Tracks [Flapjack Press, 2011], Songs of an Unprepossessing, Normal and Plain Character [KFS Press, 2010] and Karma Veranda [w/ Adam Irving, Mucusart, 2003], as well as the short story collection Occam's Blunt Instrument [w/ Paul Neads, Mucusart, 2007].

Word Central - Wed 5 Oct

Word Central
A semaphore exploding mind flow
Open Mic poetry hosted by TonyCurry

Manchester Central Library, StPeter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors 5.30pm], free entry

Next event: Wednesday 5th October 
[NB This month's is a one-off Wednesday, no event on Thursday 6th] 
with special guests Sarah Miller & Melanie Rees
 

Sarah Miller is a poet, playwright and theatre deviser basedin Salford. She has facilitated workshops from South Cumbria to West Africa andworked as a theatre director, writer-in-residence and dramaturg, collaboratingwith communities, visual artists, dance companies and sonic improvisers.
Melanie Rees is aplaywright, poet, and winner of the City Life Best of Manchester play award. Atrained special needs and behaviour teacher, she has taught and lived in India,Israel, Poland, Chicago and Sydney.
Their debut collection Selkie Singing at the PassingPlace was runner up in the BestCollaborative Work category at Saboteur Awards 2015.

Please contact mail@flapjackpress.co.uk to reserve your open mic spot (4 minutes). 

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Out Now: The Story of― Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!
OUT NOW!

And On Tour:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!

Book launch: The Story Chair by Gerry Potter

The Story Chair by Gerry Potter

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Word Central open mic 1st September

Word Central
A semaphore exploding mind flow
Open Mic poetry hosted by TonyCurry

1st Thursday every month (except Oct 2016 - first Wednesday) at
Manchester Central Library, StPeter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
6pm - 8pm [doors 5.30pm], free entry

Next event: Thursday 1st September
with special guest Marvin Cheeseman

Marvin Cheeseman is a Mancunianperformance poet forward slash stand-up comic. His collected works include Full Metal Jacket Potato and the boxedset of limericks Making Prawn Sandwichesfor Roy Keane (both The Bad Press), and WeHate It When Our Ex-Lodgers Become Successful (Cheers Ta).
marvincheeseman.wordpress.com & @MarvinCheeseman

Please contact mail@flapjackpress.co.uk to reserve your open mic spot

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Coming soon...

The Story Chair by Gerry Potter
Book launch at Manchester Central Library, 18th August

The Story of― Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs! by Dommy B
Book launch at Salford Arts Theatre, 23rd October

Mumb by Cathy Crabb
Book launch at Manchester Central Library, 9th November

As in Judy by Rosie Garland
Book launch at Manchester Central Library, 6th December

2017:
The Dance of a Thousand Losers by Geneviève L. Walsh
No Tiger by Dominic Berry
Accidental Splendour of the Splash by Gerry Potter

Word Central open mic 4th August

Word Central open mic poetry

Hosted by Tony Curry with special guest poet Laura Taylor

At Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
Thursday 4th August, 6pm - 8pm, free

NB Open mic slots are now filled, reserve list only.

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Laura Taylor has challenged arbitrary forms of authority all her life. Obsessed with words and language since her early childhood, she believes in the power of poetry as a means by which silent voices speak and hidden ears listen. Her debut collection Kaleidoscope was published earlier this year by Flapjack Press.
"One of the best books of poetry I have ever read." - Attila the Stockbroker
"In a politically supine era, Laura unflinchingly shows us how to stand up and be counted." - Julian Jordon

Word Central - new open mic eve

Word Central

NB Open mic spots for the launch event are now filled.
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Book launch: Kaleidoscope by Laura Taylor

Kaleidoscope book launch

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Jackie Hagan's Some Poeple Have Too Many Legs

Jackie Hagan's Some Poeple Have Too Many Legs

Jackie Hagan

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Word Jam at Chorlton Arts Festival with Rosie Garland & Captain of the Lost Waves

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Book launch: Lustful Feminist Killjoys

Lustful Feminist Killjoys book launch

Lustful Feminist Killjoys
by
Anna Percy & Rebecca Audra Smith
The new collection from the co-founders of Stirred feminist collective.

Book launch Wednesday 18th May, 7.30pm [doors 7pm]. Free event.
3MT, Affleck's Arcade, 35-39 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1JG.

With special guest Rosie Garland.

Adult poetry
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Coming soon...

New poetry collections for 2016 include: 

Pétroleuse by Steph Pike 
Launch 14 April at The Castle, Manchester 

Lustful Feminist Killjoys by Anna Percy & Rebecca Audra Smith 
Launch 18 May at 3MT, Manchester 

Kaleidoscope by Laura Taylor 
Launch 9 June at 81 Renshaw St Arts Cafe, Liverpool 

The Story Chair by Gerry Potter 
Launch 22 August at Central Library, Manchester 

The conclusion of The Dragon series for children by Dommy B [title tbc] 
Launch October [details tbc] 

Mumb by Cathy Crabb 
Launch 9 November at Central Library, Manchester 

A new collection from Rosie Garland [title tbc] 
Launch 6 December at Central Library, Manchester 

And early in 2017 expect new adult collections from
Dominic Berry and Geneviève L. Walsh, along with
The Accidental Splendour of the Splash by Gerry Potter.

World Book Night with Flapjack Press

World Book Night with Flapjack Press poets & Open Mic

Sat 23 April at Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD.
6.30pm - 8.30pm [doors 6pm], free event,  Eventbrite tickets


Hosted by Jackie Hagan with special guests Dave Viney, Cathy Crabb, Tony Curry & Rod Tame. 
**All Open Mic spots are now filled - to add your name to the reserve list please contact mail@flapjackpress.co.uk.**
World Book Night
Manchester City Council
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Book launch: Pétroleuse by Steph Pike

Pétroleuse book launch

Pétroleuse
by
Steph Pike
The new collection from the acclaimed performance poet and feminist activist.
Book launch Thursday 14th April, 7.00pm.
With special guests, free event.

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE.

"Steph Pike’s poems are like that one person at the party you know you can have a real conversation with."
Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate

Adult poetry / LGBT 

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Bokeh Yeah! Timeline Poetry Film Showcase

Bokeh Yeah! Poetry Film Showcase

Tues 29 March at HOMEmcr, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN.
6pm - 9pm, tickets from their box office.


An evening of films produced for the Timeline Poetry Film Challenge in association with Flapjack Press, Carcanet Press, Commonword and Manchester Literature Festival. 
Includes films based on poems from Dave Viney's A Poet Called Dave and Hovis Presley's Poetic Off Licence, plus a short set from Viney and a prize for the best film.
Bokeh Yeah!
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Word Jam Special at Chorlton Arts Festival

Word Jam Open Mic poetry and music
A special event in association with Chorlton Arts Festival

Tues 24 May at Tea Hive, 53 Manchester Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9PW. 
7.30pm (doors 7pm), £5/£3. 


A semaphore exploding mind flow, hosted by TonyCurry
with guests Captain of the Lost Waves & Rosie Garland.

Word Jam at Chorlton Arts Festival
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Captain of the Lost Waves is a singer-songwriter whose effervescent tales of mirth, myth and wonder have received 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Rosie Garland is a writer and performer, also well known as her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. She is the author of five poetry collections, two novels, and is a winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year.

Please contact host tonysheppard@rocketmail.com to reserve your open mic spot.

(NB There will be no regular Word Jam at Jam Street Bar in May.)

Playing Mortal Kombat Guarantees You Inner Calm - Dominic Berry On Tour 2016

Playing Mortal Kombat Tour by Dominic Berry
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Word Jaminn 10 Feb with guest Cathy Crabb

Word Jaminn: open mic hosted by Tony Curry
with special guest poet Cathy Crabb

Wednesday 10th February, 7.30pm, free entry.
Please contact tonysheppard@rocketmail.com (Tony Curry) to reserve your open mic spot.
Word Jaminn, poetry and music, 2nd Wednesday of every month at The Jam Inn, 537 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UE (opp. Morrisons).

Cathy Crabb is an award winning playwright who has written extensively for the stage. Her critically acclaimed play 'The Bubbler' toured nationally in 2014 and 'Dreamers' (a musical co-written with Lindsay Williams and Carol Donaldson) premiered at Oldham Coliseum in 2015. Cathy's debut poetry collection Beside the See-side [Flapjack Press] was published in 2014 and her second, Mumb, about the dark side of motherhood, will be published later this year.

Beside the See-side byCathy Crabb 
adult poetry | ISBN 978-0-9576639-6-1 | 66pp | 2014
rrp £7.50 | book + p&p £7.49 | ebook £3.99
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My Name is Gerry Potter

Documentary screening, poetry performance and Q&A. 
12 February, 6.00 - 9.00pm. 
Lecture theatre 2, Geoffrey Manton building, 4 Rosamond Street West, Manchester, M15 6LL.
Tickets: FREE - available on Eventbrite. 

My Name is Gerry Potter is a new documentary portrait of legendary Liverpool-born poet, performer, playwright and author Gerry Potter. 

The documentary takes the audience on a journey through Gerry’s work, his favourite landmarks, childhood memories, the Liverpool gay scene and Manchester’s Canal Street. At times controversial - Gerry’s work is brave and nothing is sacred – this probing documentary sees many old friends and collaborators share their memories of Gerry and his work. 

Featuring Q&A panel with Gerry Potter and the director, Alex Negueruela. 
Chaired and convened by Dr Andrew Moor (MMU).
We are honoured and delighted that Gerry will be performing a selection of his poetry (as featured in the film) as part of this event. 

Word Jaminn 13th January with guests Rod Tame & Kieren King

Word Jaminn: open mic hosted by Tony Curry
with special guest poets Kieren King & Rod Tame

Wednesday 13th January, 8pm start, free entry.
Please contact tonysheppard@rocketmail.com (Tony Curry) to reserve your open mic spot.
Word Jaminn, poetry and music, 2nd Wednesday of every month at The Jam Inn, 537 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UE (opp. Morrisons).

Kieren King is a slam-winning performance poet and host of Evidently open mic night in Salford. A heathen and an anarchist, he must be approached with caution at all times, although tickling him behind the ear has been proven to soothe him.
His poetry can be perused in Working Verse Collective's The Prequel to the Sequel, available in paperback and eBook from Flapjack Press [Adult Poetry].

Rod Tame hails from the Garden of England that is Kent, but now lives in the urban jungle that is Manchester. He is a slam-winning poet and actor, and former host of Write Out Loud's open mic night in Sale.
His debut collection Strange World Odd Person is available from Flapjack Press [Adult Poetry / LGBT].

Working Verse Collective: The Prequel to the
Sequel Strange World Odd Person by Rod Tame

Back in stock: Chloe Poems's Li'l Book o' Manchester

Manchester's full of stories - tell-tale and multi...

Now back in stock: Chloe Poems's Li'l Book o' Manchester

Chloe Poems's Li'l Book O' Manchester
adult poetry / LGBT | ISBN 978-0-9932370-2-7 | 48pp | book + p&p £6.99

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Word Jaminn & Word Jam open mic nights in 2016

Word Jaminn flyer
Word Jam flyer

Word Jaminn 9 Dec with guest Jackie Hagan

Word Jaminn: open mic hosted by Tony Curry
with special guest Jackie Hagan

Wednesday 9th December, 8pm start, free entry.
Please contact tonysheppard@rocketmail.com (Tony Curry) to reserve your open mic spot. 
Word Jaminn, poetry and music, 2nd Wednesday of every month at The Jam Inn, 537 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UE (opp. Morrisons). 

jackiehagan.weebly.com 

Some People Have Too Many  Legs by Jackie Hagan
Some People Have Too Many Legs
adult poetry & show script / LGBT | ISBN 9780993237010 | pb+p&p £6.99 | eb £3.99
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WINNER Best Spoken Word Show Saboteur Awards 2015 
WINNER Creative Future Literary Award 2015

"A unique and utterly compelling performer. With wit and charm, she manages to make us laugh in the face of adversity." - Matt Fenton, Artistic Director, Contact Theatre 

The Wisdom of the Jumble  Sale by Jackie Hagan  
The Wisdom of the Jumble Sale
adult poetry / LGBT | ISBN 9780955509247 | pb+p&p £6.49 | eb £3.99
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"Amazing. A force for poetry." - Jo Bell, Director National Poetry Day

Word Jaminn 11 Nov with guest Sarah Miller

Word Jaminn: open mic hosted by Tony Curry
with special guest poet Sarah Miller  

Wednesday 11th November, 8pm start, free entry. 
Please contact tonysheppard@rocketmail.com (Tony Curry) to reserve your open mic spot. 
Word Jaminn, poetry and music, 2nd Wednesday of every month at The Jam Inn, 537 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UE (opp. Morrisons). 

Selkie Singing at the Passing Place by Sarah Miller & Melanie Rees
Selkie Singing at the Passing Place
by Sarah Miller & Melanie Rees
adult poetry | ISBN 9780957663954 | pb+p&p £8.49 | eb £4.99

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RUNNER UP Best Collaborative Work, Saboteur Awards 2015

"This is a collection to enjoy slowly, piece by piece, like the very finest chocolates - and then, because it's better than chocolates, to enjoy and appreciate again and again."
Cathy Bryant, poet & editor of Best of Manchester Poets

Some People Have Too Many Legs revised edition & tour dates

Winter 2015 tour dates and ticket info for Jackie Hagan's award winning Some People Have Too Many Legs now available HERE.

You can also buy the new, revised edition of the show script in paperback or ebook HERE.
Jackie Hagan: the script of the show - revised edition

WINNER Best Spoken Word Show, Saboteur Awards 2015
WINNER Creative Future Literary Award 2015

"A unique and utterly compelling performer. With wit and charm, she manages to make us laugh in the face of adversity."
Matt Fenton, Artistic Director, Contact Theatre

Word Jaminn 14 Oct with guest Dave Viney

Word Jaminn: open mic hosted by Tony Curry
with special guest poets Dave Viney & John G. Hall. 

Wednesday 14th October, 8pm start, free entry. 
Please contact tonysheppard@rocketmail.com (Tony Curry) to reserve your open mic spot. 
Word Jaminn, poetry and music, 2nd Wednesday of every month at The Jam Inn, 537-539 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UE (opp. Morrisons). 

A Poet Called Dave
A Poet Called Dave
adult poetry & play | ISBN 978-0-9576639-8-5 | pb+p&p £8.99 | eb £4.99
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"Dave Viney is one of the authentic voices of Manchester, a man who can be funny, sincere and compassionate in one fell swoop."
Jo Bell, UK Canal Laureate

Word Jaminn 9 Sep with guest Dominic Berry

Word Jaminn: new open mic night hosted by Tony Curry
with special guest poet Dominic Berry.

Wednesday 9th September, 8pm start, free entry. 
Please contact tonysheppard@rocketmail.com (Tony Curry) to reserve your open mic spot. 
Word Jaminn, poetry and music, 2nd Wednesday of every month at The Jam Inn, 537-539 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UE (opp. Morrisons). 

Tomorrow, I Will Go Dancing  by Dominic Berry
Tomorrow, I Will Go Dancing
adult poetry / LGBT | ISBN 978-0-9555092-2-3 | pb+p&p £7.49
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"Attending a Dominic Berry performance is effervescent and life affirming. Similarly, reading this book will be a stimulating, uplifting experience." 
David Hoyle AKA The Divine David

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Bokeh Yeah! Timeline Poem Film Challenge

Bokeh Yeah! are inviting filmmakers to create adaptations of poems written by some of the leading poets in the UK in association with Flapjack Press, Carcanet Press, Commonword and Manchester Literature Festival.

Filmmakers are challenged to select a poem from a wide range of works provided by some of the North West’s best publishing houses and make a short film to last no longer than 10 minutes. Films produced for the challenge will be screened at a special Manchester Literature Festival event held at HOME Manchester, in February 2016.

There will be a cash prize for the best film this year, judged by an independent panel selected from film and literature.

Bokeh Yeah! are also running a series of related workshops during the months of The Timeline poetry film challenge.

Workshop sessions are free to attend and open to all filmmakers with access to or interest in filmmaking with a video capable DSLR camera.

Facebook: BokehYeah | Twitter: @bokeh_yeah | Email: bokeh.yeah@gmail.com 

Visit www.vimeo/bokehyeah to view a selection of short films from previous Bokeh Yeah! challenges.

MacGuffin launches

MacGuffin, Comma Press' new digital platform for fiction and poetry.

 Self-publish your fiction and poetry in text and audio form. Share
the writing you love by tagging it into a meme or reading list.

Try the MacGuffin website 

The Android App (beta) is available at Google Play

Google Play

We'll be phasing-in the iOS app over the coming weeks, so watch this space.

If you tried the beta version, you might be interested to see some of the new features:

  • New tabs on homepage for Trending Stories, Recently Published, Highest Rated, Most Completed and Editor's Picks.
  • Easier Upload Interface with improved formatting
  • Less annoying Rating Prompt
  • Sharing a story on social media allows non-signed-in users a preview read/listen
  • Improved analytics panel
"Might be one of the smartest things any publisher has done in some time." – The Observer.

MacGuffin is a collaboration between Comma Press, fffunction and the Manchester Metropolitan University. It's supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

Saboteur Awards 2015: The Results

The votes have been cast, counted and announced for Sabotage Review's 2015 Saboteur Awards...

In a close run contest Sarah Miller and Melanie Rees just missed out in the Best Collaborative Work category, coming second, and that's still a damn good reason why you should buy their collection, Selkie Singing at the Passing Place, here.

Hearty heartfelt congratulations to Jackie Hagan for winning Best Spoken Word Show with the sublime Some People Have Too Many Legs - you can buy the book of the script of the show here).

Applause and hurrahs for the incredible Jo Bell, winner of Best One-Off Event with 52-Project, Hollie McNish for Best Spoken Word Performer and Manchester's marvellous Bad Language for Best Regular Spoken Word Night (and congratulations, too, to all the other category winners, but I don't know any of you lot).

A Poet Called Dave: 1st June

MacGuffin

MacGuffin is Comma Press's new self-publishing platform.

MacGuffin's perfect for people who love having stories read to them - everything on there is in both text and audio form.

It's designed to help readers find new writing they'll love, and help writers find new readers. Any user can add hash tags to anyone else's work to describe the content, create a reading list, or add it to meme.

MacGuffin is free to use for readers and writers, and anyone can publish their work on there. There are lots of great stories by Comma writers, plus content from other fiction and poetry publishers.

 

Saboteur Awards 2015

Sabotage Review's Saboteur Awards 2015
Some of Flapjack's unstable stable of poets have been recognised for their magnificence and made a shortlist (or three):

Best Collaborative Work - Selkie Singing at the Passing Place by Sarah Miller & Melanie Rees 
Best Spoken Word Show - Some People Have Too Many Legs by Jackie Hagan
Best Regular Spoken Word Night - Evidently (hosted by Kieren King, alumni of Working Verse Collective) 

PLEASE VOTE HERE
Voting closes 24 May. #saboteur2015

Some People Have Too Many Legs: Contact Theatre 9 May

Jackie Hagan's 
Some People Have Too Many Legs 

Saturday 9th May, 8.30pm 

Contact Theatre, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA 
Box office: 0161 274 0600 

 

"A unique and utterly compelling performer. With wit and charm, she manages tomake us laugh in the face of adversity." - Matt Fenton, ArtisticDirector, Contact Theatre 
"Jackie Hagan boldly goes where no one even knows it's possible to go. Then gets the bus back home eating chips on the top deck." - Jo Warburton, poet 
"Jackie creates her own individual poetic language with a defiant honesty of storytelling that resonated around my brain for days." - Liz O'Neill, CEO Z-arts

Poetic Off Licence re-issue launch & An evening with Flapjack Press

Flapjack Press invites you to a special event celebrating the re-issue of the late, great Hovis Presley's Poetic Off Licence. 

Introduced by Dave Morgan, with support from Kevin Bates and Stella Blackburn. 
Plus, if you wonder what publishers expect from their writers, poets Cathy Crabb [Beside the See-Side] and Dave Viney [A Poet Called Dave] also perform from their latest collections and, with Flapjack editor Paul Neads, discuss their experiences of getting into print. 

£4/£3, Friday 24 April, 8-10pm at Bolton Socialist Club, Wood St, BL1 1DY. 
Part of Live from Worktown Festival 2015 - full schedule and tickets from livefromworktown.org

Poetic Off Licence by Hovis Presley

RRP £8.00 - 25% discount available on the night.
Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to support the Hovis Presley Memorial Fund, set up by family and friends to raise money for charitable good works in memory of the author.

North North Collide at Oldham Library, 18 April at 7pm

North North Collide

Manchester May Day Festival 2015

Book launch: Selkie Singing at the Passing Place by Sarah Miller & Melanie Rees

Selkie Singing

Selkie Singing at the Passing Place by Sarah Miller & Melanie Rees
OUT NOW
Book launch: Tuesday 24th March, 6.00-7.30pm at Manchester Central Library, free event. With special guest poets Cathy Bryant & Gerry Potter

North North Collide with Gerry Potter & Cathy Crabb

North North Collide
North North Collide with Gerry Potter & Cathy Crabb
Wednesday 18th March, 7.30pm at 3MT, Manchester. £6/5.

Some People Have Too Many Legs by Jackie Hagan

Some People Have Too Many Legs
by
Jackie Hagan
Some People Have Too Many Legs by Jackie Hagan
Available in paperback and ebook from March 10th

In April 2013 Jackie was commissioned to write a solo show. The following month she was unexpectedly admitted to hospital with a very painful foot. Four months later she left hospital with one less leg and loads more maturity. Along the way she also fell in love, found her Dad and made friends with an old woman who looked like a threadbare tennis ball (with eyes).
This is the book of the script of the show, a poetic comedy with daftness, depth and special effects.

"A unique and utterly compelling performer. With wit and charm, she manages tomake us laugh in the face of adversity." - Matt Fenton, ArtisticDirector, Contact Theatre
"Jackie Hagan boldly goes where no one even knows it's possible to go. Then gets the bus back home eating chips on the top deck." - Jo Warburton, poet
"Jackie creates her own individual poetic language with a defiant honesty of storytelling that resonated around my brain for days." - Liz O'Neill, CEO Z-arts

News & Events - February 2015

New title available now: 
The Story of the Dragon Who Hates Poetry by Dommy B 

Ages 5+ | ISBN 978-0-9576639-7-8 | rrp £6.00 | Flapjack Press

There is no dragon scarier in any earthly place. 
His face looks like his bottom and his bottom like his face. 


Rick loves poetry. He thinks it's exciting, funny and imaginative. But all across the land poets are being silenced - by a dragon! How can Rick avoid being eaten and help save the village from this fiery fiend? He can't even save his own pants! 

Dommy B has won New York's famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam and UK's Superheroes of Slam, and has performed his poetry on BBC's Rhyme Rocket. His latest adventure for children over 5 is adapted from his high energy, poetry theatre show and includes puzzles and over 40 b&w illustrations.
'The Dragon Who Hates Poetry' begins a short tour at Chester Town Hall on 16 Feb, and Dommy B continues to tour 'When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish', bringing it to Preston on 19 Feb, Ormskirk on 21 Feb & St Helens on 22 Feb.

And here are some of the things Flapjack-associated poets are up to in the next few weeks... 
Fergus Evans is at Polari Salon, Contact, Manchester on 10 Feb, and brings his new show 'Rove' to The Lowry, Salford on 13 &14 Feb. 
Ben Mellor performs at Blahblahblah at Old Vic, Bristol on 16 Feb, and hosts Pen:chant at King's Arms, Salford on 19 Feb. 
Tony Curry presents WoRd JaM on 18 Feb at Jam Street Cafe, Manchester. 
Anna Percy hosts Stirred at 3MT, Manchester on 23 Feb. 
Kieren King hosts Heat 2 of Word War 2, also at 3MT, Manchester on 3 Mar. 
Jackie Hagan tours her highly anticipated new show 'Some People Have Too Many Legs', which starts in Cardiff on 6 Mar. 
Gerry Potter and Cathy Crabb unite for 'North North Collide', an evening of poetry and jangle at 3MT, Manchester on 18 Mar. 
And, of course, there's more, but that'll all come soon in another update when a couple of new publications will be revealed...

New title: The Story of the Dragon Who Hates Poetry by Dommy B

The Story of 
The Dragon Who Hates Poetry 

by 
Dommy B

The Story of the Dragon Who  Hates Poetry by Dommy B
Published 6th February 2015 
children's poetry, ages 5+ | ISBN 978-0-9576639-7-8 | rrp £6.00 

There is no dragon scarier in any earthly place. 
His face looks like his bottom and his bottom like his face. 

Rick loves poetry. He thinks it's exciting, funny and imaginative. But all across the land poets are being silenced - by a dragon! 
How can Rick avoid being eaten and help save the village from this fiery fiend? 
He can't even save his own pants! 

Dommy B has won New York's famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam and UK's Superheroes of Slam. He has performed his poetry on BBC's Rhyme Rocket. His latest adventure for children over 5 is adapted from his high energy, poetry theatre show and includes puzzles and over 40 b&w illustrations. 

A previous version of 'The Dragon Who Hates Poetry' was published in the collection Dommy B vs The Dragon Who Hates Poetry [Flapjack Press, 2012].

great weather for MEDIA, Manchester - 29:01:14

great weather for MEDIA, Manchester
Thursday 29th January 2015, 7.30pm. Free event.
The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Featuring
BigCharlie Poet, Cathy Bryant, Maya Chowdhry, Rosie Garland, Jackie Hagan, Kieren King, Sarah Miller, Jane Ormerod, Steph Pike, Gerry Potter, and Rebecca Audra Smith.

Join great weather for MEDIA, Manchester for a crazy-good evening of poetry and spoken word from the UK and New York City. great weather for MEDIA is an independent small press focusing on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative. They are based in New York City and showcase national and international poets and writers. Submissions for their print anthology open October 15 to January 15 every year.

Although a relative newcomer to Spoken Word, BIGCHARLIE POET's work ranges from the odd through the observational to the very personal. His notebook is his constant companion.

Fifty percent Spike Milligan and fifty percent Sylvia Plath (but not necessarily the talented halves), CATHY BRYANT has won thirteen literary awards and had two well-received books published.

MAYA CHOWDHRY found her voice on CND marches; sewed it into poetry and queer politics. She has inTer-aCted, partiCipated, narRated to make still, moving and interactive words and imagery for page, stage, web and waves.

ROSIE GARLAND has always been a cuckoo in the nest. She is an eclectic writer and performer and sings in post-punk band The March Violets. Her latest solo collection is Everything Must Go (Holland Park Press). Her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities was published by HarperCollins UK in 2013 and her second novel, Vixen released in June 2014. Find her poetry in great weather for MEDIA's latest anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand.

JACKIE HAGAN was brought up on broken biscuits by hecklers.

Multiple slam winning host of Evidently and the Word War Slam series KIEREN KING grew up in the "posh end" of Salford writing bad love poetry in the back of his English book. A heathen and an anarchist, he must be approached with caution at all times. Tickling him behind the ear has been proven to soothe him.

SARAH MILLER is a poet, theatre deviser and playwright with poems published in anthologies and over twenty plays produced. She's passionate about Jane Austen, vegan cake, tea sets and all things gothic and is also partial to big frocks and hats. She is currently working on a joint poetry collection with Melanie Rees, which is being published in 2015.

JANE ORMEROD was born on the south coast of England and now lives in New York City. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA. Jane performs across the United States and beyond. Her books include Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press).

STEPH PIKE is an activist and performance poet. Her poetry is urgent, topical and eloquent. She has performed extensively across the country and has been published in several anthologies. Her first collection, Full of the Deep Bits, was published in 2010. She is passionate about the transformative power of poetry, both personal and political.

Ex-grande dame of British poetry and literary King Dong of the contemporary scene, GERRY POTTER's The Chronicles of Folly Butler is out now with Flapjack Press.

REBECCA AUDRA SMITH drags words up from the ocean's floor. They are strange rusty things which she attempts to shine.

'But Alas' from Beside the See-Side by Cathy Crabb

Performed by Darren Scott 
Directed by Sean Kelly 

Book launch: Beside the See-Side by Cathy Crabb 13:12:14

Book your free advance tickets from: theswandobcross.com.

Book Launch: The Chronicles of Folly Butler by Gerry Potter 26:11:14

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New title: Beside the See-Side by Cathy Crabb

Beside the See-Side
by
Cathy Crabb

Beside the See-Side by Cathy Crabb

published 28th November 2014
ISBN 978-0-9576639-6-1 | £7.50

Critically acclaimed playwright Cathy Crabb brings her expert imagination, wit and lucidity to the page in her first poetry collection.
Whether dealing with invasive mind spam, brain worms or family, contemplating loss, the inevitability of change or having the odd drink, the corner of her mind’s eye is right in front of you.

Cathy Crabb is an award winning playwright who has written extensively for the stage, including the plays Beautiful House, Moving Pictures, Something Right and Beyond the 4th Wall. Her critically acclaimed play The Bubbler toured in 2014 and Dreamers, a musical co-written with Lindsay Williams and Carol Donaldson, premieres at Oldham Coliseum in 2015. Cathy is currently adapting The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists for television and is also a writer for Northern Soul.

“A writer who constantly seeks to question, to pull apart, to discover and share.”
Tony Curry, poet, playwright & workshop facilitator

"She finds magic in the humdrum, hope in the heart and nails life every time.”
Matt Panesh AKA Monkey Poet, writer, performer, producer & director

"Every nuance of Cathy’s work is a tread ‘n’ footstep on the crazy paving of my heart ‘n’ history.”
Gerry Potter, poet, playwright, actor & director

"Funny and tender, raw and real, her poetry is a revelation.”
Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence 2011

"Cathy Crabb is like a mix between Caroline Aherne, Spike Milligan and chips.”
Jackie Hagan, writer, performer & facilitator

adult poetry | paperback | 66pp | 134mm x 197mm | 2014
www.flapjackpress.co.uk

New Title: The Chronicles of Folly Butler by Gerry Potter

Before extreme shyness, 
before understanding trauma, 
in colourful council of infancy, Folly Butler takes root... 

Manchester Library and Information Service and Flapjack Press 
invite you to the launch of 

The Chronicles of Folly Butler 
by 
Gerry Potter

MCC

A genre defying opus. 

Join Gerry for the launch of his new collection 
of autobiographical, domestic fantastic, theatre verse. 
With special guest Jackie Hagan. 

Wed 26th November at 
Manchester Central Library 
St Peter's Square, City Centre, M2 5PD

6pm - 7.30pm. Free. 
Adult poetry/GLBT 
www.gerrypotter.eventbrite.co.uk

MCC 
www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries 

The Chronicles of Folly Butler: published 31st October, £10.00. eBook also available. 
www.flapjackpress.co.uk 

Gerry Potter is a poet, playwright, director, actor, and both creator and destroyer of the infamous gingham diva, Chloe Poems. A favourite son of Manchester and his home town Liverpool, he has a reputation for putting his Scouse voice on the line, and is strong on poetry and strong on the causes of poetryism. 

Poetry from Gerry’s first collection, Planet Young has been developed into the recital ‘My Scouse Voice’ at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on Fri 7 Nov. Performed by Fenella Fielding, accompanied by Le Gateau Chocolat and Queer icon Gerry Potter as ‘herself’. 
www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Fallen: Poetry commemorating WW1 at Manchester Central Library

Manchester Library and Information Service and Flapjack Press present 

Fallen

An evening of poetry commemorating World War One
and modern day conflict. 

With 
Ben Mellor 
Anna Percy 
Tony Curry 
Sarah Miller 

and 
Gerry Potter 

Monday 3rd November at 
Manchester Central Library 
St Peter's Square, City Centre, M2 5PD 

6pm - 7.30pm. Free. 
www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries 
www.fallenyouth.eventbrite.co.uk 

MCC

Ben Mellor is a theatre-maker, educator and BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam Champion. He is author of Anthropoetry and Light Made Solid
Anna Percy is co-founder of Stirred, Manchester’s influential pro-feminist spoken word night, and author of Livid Among the Ghostings
Tony Curry is a poet, playwright, and founder of Manchester Men’s Health. He is author of Tall Tales for Tall Men Who Fall Well Short and The Noble Savage
Sarah Miller is a playwright and poet whose work focuses on family and her own experiences growing up in a shipbuilding town with a history of weapons manufacture. Her debut collection is published in 2015. 
Gerry Potter is a favourite son of Manchester and his home town Liverpool, and both creator and destroyer of the infamous gay icon Chloe Poems. His fifth collection of autobiographical, domestic fantastic, theatre verse, The Chronicles of Folly Butler, is published on 31st October. 
www.flapjackpress.co.uk

When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish by Dommy B

The Story of When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish
by
Dommy B

In the middle of the night there is a noise - a snuffling and a shuffling and a splintering of wood.
A line of Troll-prints lead out the door, across the lawn and into the deep, dark forest...
Nikki’s goldfish, Great Bumbleduke the Third, needs rescuing!

Dommy B

Dommy B’s latest adventure for children over 5 is adapted from his high energy, poetry theatre show. The Story of When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish also includes puzzles and over 40 b&w illustrations.

Published 15th October
ISBN 978-0-9576639-4-7 | paperback | 64pp | £6.00
Available from the Flapjack Shop

“Dominic is an exceptional force in the poetry and spoken word scene.”
John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales

Dommy B has won awards in the UK and US, including Superheroes of Slam and Nuyorican Poetry Café Slam, and performed his poetry for children on BBC’s Rhyme Rocket.
His new children’s show, When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish, tours the UK in 2014 and 2015.
Schedule and ticketing information available at www.dominicberry.net/trolls.

Dommy B on Tour with Trolls

New titles for Autumn and Winter

Oct 15: When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish by Dommy B, his latest poetry theatre for ages 5+

Nov 17: The Chronicles of Folly Butler by Gerry Potter, a genre defying opus - book launch at Manchester Central Library, 26 Nov, 6pm

Dec: Beside the See-Side by Cathy Crabb, her first collection of adult poetry

Feb: Melanie Rees and Sarah Miller's debut collection of adult poetry

BRANDNEWSCRIPTS- Play writing course from 3MT & Oldham Library 27 Sep - 1 Nov

BRANDNEWSCRIPTS- Play writing course running from 3MT and Oldham Library from 27th September - 1st November



Writing a play may seem like a mammoth task to you...

Maybe you have written the odd scene, the odd monologue, maybe you have started ideas and left them, always intending to get around to it and never having the time? Or maybe you have really wanted to have a go but you had no clue where to begin? Maybe you just had it in your head that though you love theater you would never write a play? Well you can, and you will.

Brandnewscripts is a play writing course run by Cathy Crabb for brand new plays taking place on Saturday days for six weeks from late September.

You can join the course in either Manchester or Oldham- whichever time/place suits you best-

Dates Saturday 27th September - Saturday 1st November

Times
Either
Manchester- 3 Minute Theatre, Afflecks Palace - 10am - 12pm
Or
Oldham Library- 2pm- 4pm.
Course fee- £150

You don't need to come with an idea.

On this six week course you will be influenced by a plethora of inspirational materials on offer as well as what this may spark in your own imagination- be it memory/song/story you read- fact or fiction- to shape your initial idea as all playwrights do- by what moves you.

You will look at how to shape characters, stories and scenes in open, sharing, ideas-led sessions.
You will look at what dialogue works best, what is important to say in a story, talk about what stories really have an impact on you and how you can tell those stories yourself on stage.

Then you will begin to structure your own story and work towards a detailed synopsis for each scene for a first draft and write some sample scenes for your first ever play!
At the end of the course detailed feedback of your play will be provided to help you to plan the next stage of writing. Advice will also be provided on how to get your finished work on its feet.

Cathy Crabb has written over 20 plays including Beautiful House (pictured) and the award nominated, critically acclaimed play The Bubbler. Her play Moving Pictures won many awards including a Manchester Evening News award for best production. She has been produced and commissioned widely, as well as having many years experience of running play writing workshops, resulting in participants seeing their work in performance.
The course fee is an introductory rate for the initial groups and there will be a maximum of 6 in each group to ensure proper feedback and quality time within the sessions. To book and for further info- c
athycrabb@gmail.com 

Manchester Independent Book Market

Sat 7 - Sun 8 June, The Orangery, St. Ann's Square, Manchester city centre, 10am - 5.30pm.

Literature Northwest and Comma Press are pleased to announce that the
Manchester Indie Book Market is back. Now in its sixth year, the market plays host to some of the most innovative and exciting publishing happening in the UK. Bringing together presses from across the country, this year's market will showcase novels, short fiction, poetry, magazines, graphic novels and more.

As well as stalls, the market will feature back-to-back live readings from Manchester's finest poets and authors. The market is being compered by literary legend Gerry Potter (AKA Chloe Poems), with back-to-back readings and performances from poets and authors. Starting Sat 12pm with Jess Green, a full programme of performers continues across the weekend and includes:

 

Ben Mellor – Sat 1.00

Tony Walsh – Sat 1.30

Jackie Hagan – Sat 2.10

Kieren King – Sat 2.20

Dave Viney – Sat 2.30

Anna Percy – Sat 2.40

Tony Curry – Sat 4.10

Mel Rees – Sat 4.40

Sarah Miller – Sat 4.50

Dermot Glennon – Sun 12.20

Benny-jo Zahl - Sun 2.40

Bokeh Yeah! Timeline Poem Film Challenge

Bokeh Yeah!, in association with Comma Film, invites you to the premier of the Timeline Poem Film Challenge at Islington Mill, Salford on the 29th of May from 8:30pm, running as a special programme in this year's KinoFilm Short Film Festival.

The poets whose works have been made into films this year are Anna Percy [Flapjack Press], Ed Barton, Helen Clare, Gaia Holmes and Chris Woods.

The Islington Mill event will include live readings from the poets involved, as well as an evening of drinks and music from DJ Juicy Lucy until 11:30pm. Facebook: www.facebook.com/BokehYeah

 

I Can Draw My Alphabet by Tony Walsh - book launch Sat 24 May

Join author Tony Walsh and illustrator Brink for the launch of I Can Draw My Alphabet at Manchester Central Library on Saturday 24 May. Free event from 12pm.

Prestwich Children's Book Festival, Sun 18 May

World Book Night at FAB Cafe

@Bokeh_Yeah film challenge

Our Timeline films are coming in now. Deadline 18.04.14 @commapress @FlapjackPress @ManchesterCraft @madlabuk pic.twitter.com/XZnzupqbua

Spark the Goblin Wizard by Dommy B

Out Now and On Tour. The Story of Spark the Goblin Wizard is available now from Flapjack Press. Adapted from Dommy B's children's poetry theatre show, it's filled with jammy burps, mild goblin peril, poems, puzzles and pictures. For children ages 5+ and their families.

Catch Spark on tour [please see dominicberry.net for updates and news of extra shows]:
Spark the Goblin Wizard tour dates 2014

On Tour 2014: Spark the Goblin Wizard by Dommy B

www.dominicberry.net

Spark the Goblin Wizard on tour 2014

Two New Titles for 2014

children's poetry: Spark, the Goblin Wizard by Dommy B. Adapted from his new poetry theatre show for ages 5+, which tours in 2014.

adult poetry: The Chronicles of Folly Butler by Gerry Potter. Gerry's highly anticipated fifth volume of domestic fantastic theatre verse.

Spring 2014

OUT NOW: I Can Draw My Alphabet by Tony Walsh

I Can Draw My AlphabetI Can Draw My Alphabet by Tony Walsh & Brink

Everyone's a winner when your child joins the authors of I Can Draw My Alphabet, where memorable rhymes and hilarious pictures make learning as easy as ABC!

Little ones take great delight in the silly sausage dog and the giant ice cream, but they love it even more when creating their very own masterpiece. I Can Draw My Alphabet features a page format which encourages them to copy the illustrations or to create their own, proudly adding their name as a co-author at the front of the book.

 

For extra smiles, parents can add photos of their child’s work to online galleries via Twitter or Facebook: Twitter at ICanDrawMyAlphabet @DrawAlphabet and Facebook at I-Can-Draw-My-Alphabet.

 

I Can Draw My Alphabet is a family favourite to share and treasure.

 

Key Stage 1

Educational and interactive poetry and picture book

Debut collaboration between two of Manchester’s leading spoken word and visual artists

Written by Tony Walsh: www.longfella.co.uk

Illustration concepts by Tony Walsh and Brink

Original illustrations by Brink: www.paulneads.co.uk

 

Tony Walsh, also known as Longfella, is one of the UK’s most renowned performance poets. He was Poet in Residence for Glastonbury Festival in 2011 and his poetry has featured on BBC television and radio. Tony leads acclaimed workshops with writers of all ages and abilities around the UK.

 

Brink drew the original pictures which accompany Tony’s alphabet poem. He has been illustrating books for children and adults for over twenty-five years, creates art for children’s theatre, and has held exhibitions of his work across the UK.

 

ISBN: 9780957663916

Publisher: Flapjack Press

Published: 25:11:13

BIC: YBLA

CBM: A2M79

Format: Paperback

Size: 297 mm [w] x 210 mm [h]

Extent: 32pp

Cover Price: £6.99

Dommy B takes his dragon on tour

Coming soon...

...eBooks.

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry at Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

www.dominicberry.net

 

Book launch: Livid Among the Ghostings by Anna Percy

Livid Among the GhostingsSat 22 June, 7.00pm at Three Minute Theatre
(aka 3MT) Afflecks Arcade, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JG

Love, loss, losing your mind, rummaging armadillos...
With performances by Anna and special guests including Steph Pike, Becca Audra Smith and Joe Hobson.

Born and raised in Norwich, Anna Percy gained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester in 2009. A workshop facilitator and literary events organiser, she is co-founder and co-host of Stirred, Manchester's influential pro-feminist poetry night.
Livid Among the Ghostings is Anna’s first full collection; perceptive and affecting, it is a passionate declaration and features many of her prize and slam winning poems.

Anna Percy | Stirred Poetry | Soundcloud | Cover & illustrations by Sarah Peploe

"Adventurous and truthful in equal measure and by turns tender, angry, grief-stricken and joyful, sometimes within the turn of a line. These poems will move you and make you think" - Steven Waling, poet & reviewer

"An assured and potent exploration in blue of the littoral zones between city and country, love and leaving; the places where light and shadow lay bruised in each other's arms" - Adam Horovitz, poet

Adult poetry: Out now £7.50

Dominic Berry and friends perform 'The Thirsty Scholar show'

13th June 2013 - 7:30pm at The Thirsty Scholar, off Oxford Rd by Oxford Rd train station, Manchester M1 5NP.

There will be: PERFORMANCE POETRY! COMEDY! LIVE MUSIC! THEATRE! (the dead good kind, not the dead boring kind) PRIZE RAFFLE! (oh yeah, proper prizes and everything) PRIZE QUIZ! CAKE!!! (that's right, CAKE!!!).

Performers will include: ASH DICKINSON, CHRIS BUTLER, SARAH MILLER, LAURA LINDSEY, PETER CARRUTHERS, C- RAP (Bang Said The Gun: London Golden Gun winner), GARETH EVANS and DOMINIC BERRY (what a surprise!).

£5.00 / £3.00 conc.

www.dominicberry.net

Book Launch: On Euclid Ave by J. Fergus Evans

On Euclid Ave by J.Fergus Evans6.30pm, Sun June 2nd at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE. Free event.

www.thecastlehotel.info

 

Fergus Evans is a yarn-spinnin’, boy-kissin’, spoken word and performance artist from Georgia, USA. Join him and special guests, including Michelle Green and Gerry Potter, for the launch of his intimate debut poetry collection.

 

From the hottest bar in a hot Southern city to an overcast afternoon in an abandoned park in Manchester, On Euclid Ave is a transatlantic gaggle of modern day folk-tales and quiet revelations.

 

“An exemplary piece of writing... intimately delivered with warmth, wit, tenderness and poignancy.” Ben Mellor, BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion

Book Launch: Strange World Odd Person by Rod Tame

Strange World Odd Person by Rod TameThur 16 May, 6pm. Free.

Manchester City Library
Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD


With performances from Sarah Miller, Steph Pike & Rod himself. www.rodtame.com

 

Transported from the Garden of England to the gay clubs of Manchester's Canal Street, Rod Tame soon finds himself exploring the confounding values of British society. But when encountering murderous denizens of Middle England, fallen saints in Spanish bars, event horizons and perilous next-gen cyborgs, will the nurturing wisdom of Doctor Who, Star Trek and The Avengers (or even Most Haunted) prove enough to win the day?

"A voyage of self-discovery, all the way from outer to inner space, punchy, poignant and engaging by turns'' - Rosie Garland, poet, novelist & March Violet

 

www.flapjackpress.co.uk

£7.50

ON EUCLID AVE by J. Fergus Evans - OUT NOW

On Euclid Ave by J. Fergus EvansThe hottest bar in a hot Southern city. A US State Highway twisting its way into the Appalachians. An overcast afternoon in an abandoned park in Manchester, UK...

 

On Euclid Ave is the debut poetry collection by J. Fergus Evans, a yarn-spinnin’, boy-kissin’, spoken word and performance artist from Georgia, USA.

 

"An exemplary piece of writing - rich, powerful and deeply evocative. Intimately delivered with warmth, wit, tenderness and poignancy" - Ben Mellor, BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion

"Love is shot right through this book, in all of its guises. Love and memory. And the sweet sore ache for home" - Michelle Green, poet & author

£7.50 available from the shop

Back in Stock: The Prequel to the Sequel by Working Verse Collective

Join Dave Viney, Kieren King and Benny-jo Zahl - "three men who love football, music, pubs, clubs and poems". 

Anthropoetry by Ben Mellor - out now

Anthropoetry by Ben Mellor [Flapjack, 2013]

New title from Flapjack, available from the online shop priced £5.99.

 

Anthropoetry by Ben Mellor

 

Anthropoetry [an”thro-po’ĕ-tre] n.

A poetic, occasionally humorous journey around the human anatomy, attempting to get the measure of modern life.

 

Adapted from the hit show written and performed by Ben Mellor with sound design by Dan Steele, and currently touring Australia. ‘Anthropoetry’ premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 and received 4-star reviews and a selection on Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe.

 

“Elegantly crafted rhymes... always engaging” - The Scotsman

“A fine body of verse” - Broadway Baby

“Slick poetry... and a particularly impressive political and lyrical bent” - Sabotage Reviews

“A talent and attitude that makes him one of the most intriguing spoken word artists out there” - The Flaneur

 

Ben Mellor is an award-winning slam poet (BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion 2009, Diké Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2008), writer and actor who has featured on BBC Radio 4, the World Service and numerous poetry podcasts. He is a founder member of spoken word/hip hop theatre collective Pen-ultimate, whose debut show ‘A Night on the Tiles’ recently toured the UK and Europe, and also performs spoken word and beatboxes in the band Geddes Loom.

Flapjack poets in bids for freedom!

Two rather good (and free) events coming up involving Flapjack poets Tony Curry and Dominic Berry:

 

Looping and Linking - opening event

1.00-4.00pm, Sun 10 Feb, Free. Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL.

Inspired by the life and work of Scottish weaver of grass Angus McPhee, this new exhibition at Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery is a collaboration between poet Tony Curry, Out in the City community group, and two artists. Drop by for a family-friendly afternoon and do a bit of poetry with Tony, try your hand at weaving with artist Lucy Burscough, enjoy the free refreshments and experience the new installation.

www.manchestermenshealth.com

 

Dominic Films A Showreel

7.00pm, Wed 13 Feb, Free. The Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JG.

Dominic Berry is Manchester’s best (possibly only) gay, vegan, performance poet! Last year he toured his poetry play ‘Wizard’ and performed on Channel 4’s My Daughter The Teenage Nudist, Channel 4 News and CBeebies’ Rhyme Rocket. He’s won New York’s infamous Nuyorican Poetry Café slam and UK’s Superheroes of Slam, had three collections published by Flapjack, and tours his first children’s show ‘The Dragon Who Hates Poetry’ later this year.

Dominic Films A Showreel will be an evening of highlights from all of the above!

http://dominicberry.net

With very special guests Léonie Kate Higgins [singer, songwriter and cellist for band Geddes Loom, and one fifth of all-female performance group Eggs Collective] and Kristiana Rae Colón [Pushcart Prize nominated poet, playwright and Artistic Associate at Teatro Luna, Chicago’s all-Latina theater company].

Join Tony Curry at Manchester Museum on Sun 10 Feb

Join poet and workshop supremo Tony Curry, author of Tall Tales For Tall Men Who Fall Well Short and The Noble Savage, for this free event at Manchester Museum:

Tony Curry Looping and Linking

DOMINIC FILMS A SHOWREEL (on Wed 13 Feb!)

Join Dominic Berry, author of WizardTomorrow, I Will Go Dancing and the wonderful new children's collection The Dragon Who Hates Poetry for this not-to-be missed or at least try-not-to-miss-it free event. http://dominicberry.net

 

Dominic Films A Showreel

Writers Retweet by Working Verse Collective

Working Verse Collective: Writers Retweet. Sat 2 February, 8.00pm at The Lowry, Salford. Tickets: www.thelowry.com

Following their hit show Amateur Thematics, join Dave Viney, Kieren King and Benny Jo Zahl as they try to outrun a blast from the not so distant past.

Writers Re-Tweeet

August 2012. The Longhaven Writer’s Retreat, Scotland. Scene of an outrageous indiscretion, but whose? Three writers who live together. Three writers who don't want to talk about 'it'. The Twitter army have one of them in their sights. But which one?

Two fantastic free events from Flapjack for your festive diaries

One’s for children. The other’s probably not.

 

Dommy B vs The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

3.30pm, Sat 15 Dec at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Manchester. Free entry, even for adults (suitable for ages 5+). www.z-arts.org

Join Dommy B [as seen on tv!] for the launch of his first collection of poems and stories for children, which includes his one-person play 'The Dragon Who Hates Poetry' and an original interactive adventure game where you can be the hero! Featuring special guest Vizzy Viz.

Warning: May also contain a very hungry were-witch, an evil Queen, a man who loves underpants, an extremely smelly cat, lots of laughs and joining in.

 

Fifty by Gerry Potter: The Book Launch

7.00pm, Mon 17 Dec at Taurus, 1 Canal Street, Manchester. Free entry. www.taurus-bar.co.uk

When you are turning fifty, fighting HIV/Hepatitis C co-infections, charged with criminally masterminding the recession and unable to dance - what do you do?

Join Gerry Potter [as seen on tv!] for an intimate evening of domestic/fantastic theatre-verse. Hosted by Dominic Berry, with special guest sets from Michelle Green and Jackie Hagan [as seen on cctv].

 

Both titles available now from the shop.

Sometimes poetry publishers catch ‘London bus syndrome’. New collections...

...from Tony Curry - Tall Tales For Tall Men Who Fall Well Short and The Noble Savage (reissued & reprinted), Gerry Potter - Fifty, and Working Verse Collective - The Prequel to the Sequel, are available now from Flapjack.

For those of you on a long tea break, some info follows - or visit the poets’ pages (and the shop).

Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page

 

Tall Tales by Tony Curry

TONY CURRY

Tall Tales For Tall Men Who Fall Well Short

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 collection is a journey of care and understanding for men.” Cathy Crabb, playwright

“This is our poetry, these are our poems. They smell of home and friendship.” Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence 2011

 

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.

ISBN 9780957014145, Photos by Rik Jundi, Illustrated by Brink & Martin ‘Visceral’ Stannage, £7.50. Launch event tbc - announcement soon.

 

The Noble Savage by Tony Curry

But not only but also...

The Noble Savage

First published in 2007 and reissued for 2012, Tony’s debut collection bristles with thought-provoking honesty, dry humour and eloquent charm. The Noble Savage includes his anthemic, lyrical classics ‘The Signed’, ‘The Gorilla Was On Ecstasy’ and ‘Brighton Days’, and 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

ISBN 9780954281625, Illustrated by Martin ‘Visceral’ Stannage, special offer £3.50.

 

Fifty by Gerry Potter

GERRY POTTER

Fifty

When you are turning fifty, fighting HIV/Hepatitis C co-infections, charged with criminally masterminding the recession and unable to dance - what do you do?

Gerry’s fourth volume of domestic/fantastic theatre-verse tells the story of a remarkable year - some parts of which are have been documented in ITV1’s ‘The Briefs’ and BBC2’s ‘Britain in a Day’. Fifty is an anarchic journey fuelled by Scouse passion and jangle, and includes his play in one act, ‘How To Be A Better Gay’.

 

“Gerry Potter is a world-class performer at the height of his powers, delivering intelligent, humane and searching poetry that makes us all ask who we are and who we want to be.” Jo Bell, Director National Poetry Day

 

ISBN 9780957014169, £8.50. Launch event tbc - announcement soon.

 

The Prequel to the Sequel by Working Verse

WORKING VERSE COLLECTIVE

The Prequel to the Sequel

Working Verse Collective are three lads on a mission and their mission statement is this: ‘Eloquence is fine’. But ‘eloquence is irrelevant when nobody in the room knows what you meant...’ Join them as they source fresh inspiration and exceed their comfort zones, expertly weaving humour, insight and the unexpected throughout their quest.

It may be one small step for man, but it’s One Giant Leap for Ladkind.

 

“They’re honest and mischievous, insightful and daft, accessible and poetic and well worth seeing.” Jackie Hagan, poet & comedian

“Three men who love football, music, pubs, clubs and poems - to read this book is to take a trip through the lives of lads who are not your typical poetic voices.” Dominic Berry, poet & director

 

ISBN 9780957014152, Illustrated by Brink, £7.50.

 

That must have been a very long tea break. Thanks for reading, do please feel free to comment, share and check out the poets themselves through the links on their pages :-)

Paul Neads, ed.

www.flapjackpress.co.uk | mail@flapjackpress.co.uk | @FlapjackPress

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry by Dommy B

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry by Dommy B

Manchester Book Market Performances

Flapjack's poets once again stood proud in the rain this summer to perform at the Manchester Book Market. Their beguiling and brilliant performances are now available on YouTube courtesy of Literature North West.

To catch their performances, and those from previous years, visit the excellent LitNW channel at www.youtube.com/user/LiteratureNorthwest.

 

Thank You Manchester Book Market

A big and beaming thanks to our associated poets for their brilliant performances - hopefully add some links here to their sets in due course... And a huge happy hoopla of thanks to Ra, Jim and Katie at Comma and Literature Northwest for organising it all. Enjoyed that. Despite the weather. Cheers. You may have an extra biscuit. :-)

Manchester Book Market Returns!

The Manchester Independent Book Market 2012

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June - St. Ann’s Square, Manchester city centre.

 

Come say hello and have a flapjack:-)

As well as flogging our wares, our unstable stable of poets will be performing over the weekend. Compered throughout by the marvellous Gerry Potter, whose new collection Fifty is out in July, here’s when his comrades will take to the stage:

 

Fri 12.08pm - Dominic Berry [Wizard, Tomorrow I Will Go Dancing, Lyric of Dragon Claw Keep]

Sat 12.39pm - Working Verse (Dave Viney, Kieren King & Benny-Jo Zahl) [debut collection published this Sept]

Sat 12.47pm - Tony Curry [Tall Tales for Tall Men Who Fall Well Short due this autumn]

Sat 12.55pm - Dermot Glennon [Anthems and Album Tracks, Occam’s Blunt Instrument]

Sat 1.03pm - J. Fergus Evans [debut collection On Euclid Avenue due this autumn]

Sat 1.11pm - Jackie Hagan [The Wisdom of the Jumble Sale]

Sat 2.57pm - Rosie Garland [Things I Did When I Was Dead]

Sat 4.25pm - Conor Aylward [co-editor The Ugly Tree]

  
60 authors, 25 independent publishers, thousands of books, and unique performances throughout the day. Now in its 5th year, the Manchester Book Market plays host to both the most innovative and prolific independent presses in the region, and the very best of literary talent from all corners of the Northwest. Over the course of two days, the public will have the chance to be introduced to, and sample some of the work from a variety of independent publishers selling high-quality fiction, ranging from poetry, novels, short stories, and magazines. In addition, there will be live back-to-back performances and readings throughout the Friday and Saturday from poets, novelists and short fiction writers, showcasing the abundance of craft, flair, and ingenuity the UK literary scene has to offer. www.literaturenorthwest.co.uk

it's a competition!

The Well Warrington Network Creative Writing Competition 2012

 

For details visit: http://www.wellwarringtonnetwork.co.uk/8.html

WIZARD - the show

WIZARD by DOMINIC BERRY

 

Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

Wed 28 - Sat 31 March. 8pm. Tickets: £8/5

 

The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8EH

Tue 1 - Wed 2 May. 7.30pm. Tickets: £10/6

 

ACE Centre, Cross Street, Nelson, BB9 7NN

Thur 3 May. 6.30pm. Tickets: £8/4

 

Oxford University, Corpus Christ College, Merton Street, OX1 4JF

Wed 9 - Thur 10 May. 8pm. Tickets: £7/5

 

When an agoraphobic Wizard shares his world of tea loving carpet goblins and a zombie slaying dish rack with a neighbour from the flat above, three days of magic change both their lives forever.

A funny, delicate and imaginative show by Dominic Berry, champion of New York's Nuyorican Poetry Cafe slam and Manchester Literature Festival's Superheroes of Slam.

 

Really very inspiring. I love the seriousness and the humour. - Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet

 

From the moment he started to speak we were totally captivated- the incredible way he uses words, the expression and energy of the delivery and the subject matter made him irresistible. - City Life Magazine

 

He is one of Manchester’s finest poets of the stage. Fearless in his engagement with a wide variety of issues, his public works exhibit the same exuberance of spirit that mark him out as a person. - Pete Kalu, Artistic Director, Commonword

 

Dominic is an exceptional force in the poetry and spoken word scene in the North West, who is also starting to have an impact in theatre. I am always impressed by his desire and determination to push beyond his comfort zone and write work that will challenge himself and his audience. - John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales

 

Written by Dominic Berry with additional material by Dave Viney.

Performed by Dominic Berry and Ben Jewell.

Directed by Martin 'Visceral' Stannage. Produced by Chris Jones.

Arts by Ian Wallis and Paul Neads.

Wizard has been produced with a Grants for the Arts / National Lottery award and support from Contact

dominicberry.net

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Gerry Potter - The Men Pomes

The Men Pomes

Wed 29th Feb to Sat 3rd Mar 2012 @ 8.00pm

Studio Salford, The King's Arms, 11 Bloom St, Salford M3 6AN

(Bloom St is a continuation of Mcr's John Dalton St & Bridge St)

£7/£5 - tickets from www.studiosalford.com

Written by & starring Gerry Potter

Produced by Dominic Berry

  

In his new, full length, one man show the writer of the smash hit play “Miracle” finally comes to terms with his masculinity and the men who buttered and battered it into shape.

 

From the drug induced surreal to the gutter sparkle dirty real, Gerry Potter delves into all things male, exploring the camaraderie of brothers, the abandonment of fathers and the wit and wisdom of Scousers in a collision of bravado, humour and grief. The man who lived as Chloe Poems for fifteen years unearths working class men as you’ve never seen them before.

 

The sell-out success of The Manchester Literature Festival at Contact Theatre, “The Men Pomes” is for men and women of all ages, stages and rages and is produced by Dominic Berry.

“In the Scotland Road area of Liverpool men didn’t say poems. They said “pomes”. I think Scouse men think the word poem or poems might make them sound as effeminate as a bohemian crafts teacher, so they butch it up, give it a more bedraggled bullied tone. I like the rugged industry of “pomes” and the malleable creative history of poems. In the middle of those two words is the gender of how and why I write.

I remember one bloke saying, “Don’t like that many pomes, but that pome by Blake, y’know, the burnin’ tiger one... that’s fuckin’ boss.”

The Men Pomes. Because men don’t say poems.”

Working Verse: The Lowry, Sat 7 Jan, 8pm. £5.00

Working Verse Collective ~ Amateur Thematics

Sat 7 January 

What would happen if three modern performance poets in search of inspiration for future shows asked the public for random themes? They'd probably end up with generic stuff like "life" "death" "love" and "hate" right? That’s what they thought too… but the public had other ideas.

Amateur Thematics

Join The Working Verse collective (Kieren King, Benny-Jo Zahl and Dave Viney) as they take poetry out of its comfort zone, slap it with a kipper, then cook it tea and ask for it’s forgiveness.

Suitable for ages 14+. 

Book Launch: Wizard by Dominic Berry

Book Launch: Wizard by Dominic Berry at Manchester City Library, Deansgate. 6pm on 8th December. Free.

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