Gerry Potter is a poet, playwright, director, actor, and both creator and destroyer of the infamous gingham diva and queer icon, 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.

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 | 2015
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Manchester's full of stories... tell-tale and multi.
In this bountiful collection of "first draft explosions" the infamous gingham diva rides the sound waves of Manchester, revealing the people and places which stir and shape her creative muse.

"Ever wondered what a night around Manchester with Chloe Poems as a tour guide would be like? Well, here it is, improvised and filled with the crackling energy that comes from trusting those initial sparks of inspiration." - conor a, Per Verse

"Chloe Poems is an inspiration. Heroic, poetic and honest." - Mike Garry, poet & author of Mancunian Meander

"At the end of the last century and over into this one, Chloe Poems held the poetry scene together in Manchester with her own lovely bare hands. She is simply one of the greatest live poets you will find." - Neil Bell, actor & sonic poet

First published in 2007 by Mucusart Publications.

Cover & illustrations by Brink.

The Story Chair by Gerry Potter
The Story Chair
adult poetry & play / LGBT+
ISBN 978-0-9932370-9-6 | 130pp | 2016
rrp £9.00 | book + p&p £10.49 | ebook £6.99


The Vacant Chair echoes throughout my life. They're vibrant, mystical, time-travelling things, telling tales of the end of lives, of invisible families, of no-longer friends, half-written legendary lovers. Story chairs indeed.

In his sixth autobiographical collection of poetry and prose Gerry explores his fascination with Ireland and a culture steeped in storytelling. Recalling news reports from his childhood he retraces history, experiencing passion, politics and conflict in a poignant and provocative road trip through time.

The Story Chair includes a Foreword by Abby Oliveira and concludes with the RPF play 'Last Ceilidh in Liverpool'.

Gerry reads from The Story Chair.

The Chronicles of Folly Butler by Gerry Potter
The Chronicles of Folly Butler
adult poetry & plays / LGBT+
ISBN 978-0-9576639-3-0 | 236pp | 2014
rrp £10.00 | book + p&p £11.49 | ebook £6.99


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

Gerry's fifth collection of domestic fantastic, theatre verse.
A genre defying opus.

The Chronicles of Folly Butler is a three act collection of poetry and plays, and also includes an Epilogue to Fifty.

Gerry performs 'The Buried Catholic'.

Cover photo by the author.

GerryPotter: Fifty

adult poetry & play / LGBT+
ISBN 978-0-9570141-6-9 | 132pp | 2012
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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?
Fuelled by Scouse passion and jangle, Fifty charts a year with honest extravagance. It's an anarchic journey shared with illness and the adverse effects of its medications, with the long haul of being grassed up to the dole, with lost tickets, tags and tangents.
But there is dancing. There must always be dancing...

Fifty tells the story of a remarkable year, some parts of which are already "out there", partially documented in ITV's The Briefs and BBC's Britain in a Day, and concludes with the theatre piece 'How To Be A Better Gay'.

Includes a Foreword by Rosie Garland. 

Cover photo by Lee Baxter.

Gerry Potter: The Men Pomes
The Men Pomes
Because men don't say poems
adult poetry & play / LGBT+
ISBN 978-0-9570141-0-7 | 144pp | 2011
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From the drug induced surreal to the gutter sparkle dirty real, Gerry's new collection of domestic fantastic theatre verse delves into all things male, exploring the camaraderie of brothers, the abandonment of fathers and the wit and wisdom of Scousers. It's a collision of bravado, humour and grief, as the man who lived as Chloe Poems for fifteen years unearths working class men as you've never seen them before, finally coming to terms with his masculinity and the men who buttered and battered it into shape.

Gerry's third collection concludes with the remarkable theatre piece 'Bangs His Chest and Roars War at the Universe', a "celestial prequel" to his hit play, 'Miracle'.

Includes a Foreword by Steve Lyons. 

"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

Cover image by the author.

Gerry Potter: Planet Middle Age
Planet Middle Age
adult poetry / LGBT+
ISBN 978-0-9555092-7-8 | 128pp | 2010
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Gerry explores his own love, grief, friendships, family and journey into Planet Middle Age. It's a journey with jostling and lost tickets, the strength and vulnerability of first-hand secrets and seats warm from the strangers that sat there before, and the intensity and passion that takes us from one planet to another.

Includes a Foreword by Pam Leeson. 

"In his last collection, Potter wrote about killing off his alter-ego Chloe Poems and discovering his Scouse voice. His true voice has never been more expressive than in this latest collection. Here are poems that will amuse, move, inspire and provoke. Long may he continue." - Paul Burston, journalist & author

Cover photo by Shaun Sutton.

Gerry Potter: Planet Young
Planet Young
adult poetry & play / LGBT+
ISBN 978-0-9555092-3-0 | 116pp | 2009
rrp £8.50 | sorry, paperback temporarily out of stock | ebook £4.99


Gerry's first collection of autobiographical theatre verse is a lyrical journey thrusting you ever forward on a magical history tour, brake-slamming and horn-pounding through the domestic and fantastic.

Includes a Foreword by Maria Barrett. 

"If you want to visit Planet Young for one last time, you will finally be able to." - Studio Salford

Cover design by the author & Brink.

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