Word Central

Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word

Hosted by Tony Curry


Presented by Flapjack Press & Manchester Libraries


A free event every month at
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD


Next event:

Tues 25th January, 6.00pm (doors open 5.45pm)

Our special guest is beat-inspired performance poet Ben Willems


Ben has featured in numerous publications, including Citizen 32, The Recusant, Beatification and Some Roast Poet, as well as appearing in Flapjack Press's The People's Republic of Mancunia. Since 2013, he has been working on a collection of poems for all of Greater Manchester's railway stations and expects this to be finished around 2040.


Book your open mic slot from noon on Tues 11th Jan via mail@flapjackpress.co.uk


NB Open mic slots are 3 minutes per performer

Performance slots are allocated on a 'first come first served' basis from the stated booking day

If they are already filled you will be offered a space on the reserve list


You can catch up with our lockdown live streams and special guests' sets on Word Central's Facebook page

Word Central Facebook Group | Twitter: @WordCentralMcr | Library Live



Upcoming events:


Tues 22nd February (book your open mic slot from noon on 8 Feb)
Tues 22nd March (book your open mic slot from noon on 8 Mar)
Tues 26th April (book your open mic slot from noon on 12 Apr)
Tues 31st May (book your open mic slot from noon on 17 May)
Tues 28th June (book your open mic slot from noon on 14 Jun)
Tues 26th Jul
Tues 30th Aug
Tues 27 Sep
Tues 25 Oct
Tues 19 Nov
Tues 13 Dec


Previous special guests:


Steven P. Taylor Lucy Power Gus Jonsson Kate Fox Tony Kinsella  Chanje Kunda Louise Fazackerley Paul Cookson Elizabeth McGeown    Emma Decent Pete Ramskill Michael Wilson Henry Normal  Gordon Zola