London’s longest running women’s spoken word night returns to Manchester to celebrate the power of women’s writing as part of International Women’s Week.
At 3 Minute Theatre. Entrance £3.00
Doors open 19:30. Performances start at 8.00pm
The evening will feature a women-only open mic and 2 wonderful guest poets, Maya Chowdhry and Suzanne Batty:
Maya Chowdhry is an award winning poet, playwright and inTer-aCtive artist. Her poetry collection, The Seamstress and the Global Garment (2009, Crocus/Suitcase) is described as “uniquely alive to the possibility of multiple identities, fused mother tongues and the interweaving of myths.” Saradha Soobrayen, Poetry Editor, Chroma Journal. Brides of Dust won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition.
She is published in anthologies, including Out of Bounds (2012, Bloodaxe), Red (2012, Peepal Tree Press) and has written for the stage and radio; including Kaahini, nominated for Best Children’s Theatre: Writers Guild Awards (Capercaillie Books).
Maya’s poem My Eyes was selected by ‘Time to Read’ resulting in a banner, posters and postcards for libraries in the North West. She performs at festivals, recently at Manchester Literature Festival.
She is currently writing haiku and growing them with seeds, one of which was commissioned by Litfest – Flax: 028 as a stop-motion film exhibited in the festival.
Suzanne Batty was born in Plymouth, grew up in Manchester and studies English at Sussex University. She was one of the winners of the Poetry Business pamphlet competition in 1997, was a founder member of the urban poetry project The A6 Poets, and teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. She writes bold, flamboyant, risky poems which come from left field and Manchester. Her first full-length collection THe Barking Thing is published by Bloodaxe Books.
“Sharp, intelligent and unsettling, Suzanne Batty’s work is distinctive. Batty writes about twins, mental illness, love and families with a wry humour. She writes to find out who she is and in doing so helps us discover who we are. She is original, brave, unflinching.” – Jackie Kay
For an open mic slot, write on the Facebook wall or message Steph Pike
Anyone performing (including open mic) on the night will be eligible to submit their work to the Loose Muse anthology which will be published in April, and will be launched in London, Manchester and Cornwall.
Men are welcome in the audience
Performances start at 8.00pm