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I'm Muslamic Don't Panik

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 4 October 2023
Spoken word meets dance, live music meets clowning. An intimate spectacle of identity, where being British, Iranian, and a Hip-Hop head collide. From Bristol to the Tehran marathon and back again, Bobak Champion invites us to join him on a ...

Henry Normal

Waterside, Manchester
Thursday 5 October 2023
"Henry Normal - COLLECTED POEMS and other landfill" is the very latest and greatest poetry of the BAFTA-winning Nottingham-born writer, poet, TV & Film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co...

Grayson Perry

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 8 October 2023
Chelmsford-born Turner Prize-winning acclaimed cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry CBE is as well known for his colourful pottery and tapestries as he is for his books, TV shows and social commentary. Using all these different media, he exp...

Brian Bilston

Waterside, Manchester
Thursday 12 - Friday 13 October 2023
Brian Bilston has been described as the Banksy of poetry and Twitter's unofficial Poet Laureate - with over 200,000 followers on social media. His first collection of poetry,You Took the Last Bus Home, was published by Unbound. Diary of ...

An Evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson

Contact, Manchester
Saturday 14 October 2023
Experience a special event as part of Manchester Literature Festival with pioneering Jamaican reggae poet, performer, activist and critic, Linton Kwesi Johnson, hosted by Jackie Kay. For the first time, Linton's non-fiction, written over ma...


New Century Hall, Manchester
Tuesday 17 October 2023
Internationally acclaimed gender non-conforming and transfeminine author, poet, comedian, mixed-media artist and public speaker ALOK explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition in their new comedy show, Biology. Described ...

PNR at 50 - Anthony Vahni Capildeo, Sasha Dugdale & Will Harris

John Rylands Library, Manchester
Thursday 19 October 2023
As part of Manchester Literature Festival, the annual Rylands Poetry Reading raises a toast to PN Review, celebrating 50 years of publishing some of the most vital, diverse and provocative poetry, essays, interviews and reviews from around ...

Vinny Peculiar

The Salty Dog, Northwich
Sunday 22 October 2023
Described as 'The Tony Hancock of pop' by UNCUT magazine, Salford-based singer-songwriter and poet Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) grew up in Worcestershire and trained as a nurse before signing to Manchester cult label Ugly Man records. V...

Sahba Festival - Damahi + Ehsan Abdipour

The Lowry, Salford
Saturday 18 November 2023
Presented in Persian and English, Sahba Festival: Serenades of The South is a unique convergence of music and storytelling, offering a deep dive into Southern Iranian culture. Experience the captivating melodies of Damahi, one of Iran's mo...

Hobo Johnson

New Century Hall, Manchester
Friday 5 January 2024
Californian Frank Lopes, better known in music circles as Hobo Johnson, has emerged as one of the hottest and perhaps most unlikely stars of local hip-hop through his series of lovably low-budget clips. A hardened street soldier of hip-hop,...

Brian Bilston & Henry Normal

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 18 February 2024
Brian Bilston has been described as the Banksy of poetry and Twitter's unofficial Poet Laureate; with over 400,000 followers on social media, Brian has become truly beloved by the online community. He has published several collections of po...
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