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
Ground Floor Performance Space


Next event:

Tuesday 25th June, 6.00pm - 7.45pm
(doors open 5.40pm)


with special guest Ciarán Hodgers


Our special guest for June is Ciarán Hodgers, an Irish spoken word poet based in the UK. He is winner of the Sean Dunne National Young Writer Award 2010, an International Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015 and Word War III Slam Champion, and has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize and the OutSpoken Prize for Poetry, and longlisted for the Not The Foreword and Gingko Eco-poetry competitions. His debut collection, Cosmocartography [Burning Eye, 2018], was shortlisted for the prestigious Rubery Book Award, and he is currently touring his new collection, Solastalgia [Burning Eye, 2023].


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


N.B. Open mic slots are 3 minutes per performer - it is essential that you stay within this timeframe

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

If they are already filled you will be offered a place 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 · X: @WordCentralMcr · Manc Libraries Blog · Library Live




Tues 30 July with special guest Dave Morgan (book your open mic slot from noon on 16 July)
Tues 27 August with special guest Cathy Crabb (book your open mic slot from noon on 13 Aug)
Tues 24 September with special guest Steve Mingle (book your open mic slot from noon on 10 Sept)
Tues 29 October with special guest Oliver James Lomax (book your open mic slot from noon on 15 Oct)
Tues 26 November with special guest Melanie Neads (book your open mic slot from noon on 12 Nov)


Previous special guests: