open mic poetry and spoken word hosted by Tony Curry 

Thursday 6th February 
Manchester Central Library, Ground Floor Performance Space
St. Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD 
6pm - 8pm [doors open 5.30pm] - Free Entry 

February's special guest is Ben Mellor 

Ben Mellor 

Ben Mellor is writer, performer and facilitator who has worked in theatres, festivals, schools, colleges and prisons nationally and internationally. He has created seven touring theatre shows incorporating spoken word, storytelling, theatre, music, beatbox and vocal looping. As a facilitator and director, Ben has worked with hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds in schools, colleges, universities, theatres, community centres and prisons. He has worked in partnership with venues and organisations such as Apples & Snakes, Contact, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange, Manchester Literature Festival and Shakespeare Schools Festival and has featured on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra, the World Service and a variety of poetry podcasts. He is a former BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion and winner of the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award, and is currently Youth Theatre Director with Collective Encounters. He has two collections published by Flapjack Press, Anthropoetry and Light Made Solid.

You can book your open mic slots from 22nd January via mail@flapjackpress.co.uk 

NB Open mic slots are 3 minutes maximum
Performance slots are allocated on a 'first come first served' basis from the stated booking day -
if the open mic slots are already filled you will be offered a space on the reserve list

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In association with Flapjack Press and Manchester Libraries 


Forthcoming 2020 dates: 
Wed 18th March (book your open mic slot from 2nd Mar) 
Wed 22nd April (book from 6th Apr) 
Thurs 14th May (book from 30th Apr) 
Thurs 11th June (book from 28th May) 
Thurs 9th July
Thurs 6th August
Thurs 3rd September

Previous events and guest poets:
Neil Bell Al Keogh Emma Purshouse Steve Pottinger Gerry Potter copland smith Ruthie Adamson AKA Wonky Wordsmith Steve O'Connor Robert Steventon John Darwin Rosie Fleeshman Ciarán Hodgers Rose Condo Laura Taylor Gerry Clarkson Kieren King Alex Slater Thick Richard Hilary Walker George Melling Fat Roland Potting Shed Pete Cynthia Buell Thomas Geneviève L. Walsh Mark Mace Smith Dominic Berry Joy France Ciarán Hodgers Geneviève L. Walsh Dave Morgan The_Green_Door_Ensemble Cathy Crabb Rebecca Audra Smith Anna Percy Gerry Potter Dave Viney Rosie Garland Dr Dermot Glennon Melanie Rees Sarah Miller Marvin Cheeseman Laura Taylor Steph Pike Melanie Rees Paul Neads Tony Curry
March & Sept 2018, Oct 2017 no event / March 2019, Aug 2018, June & July 2017 no special guest 

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