For National Poetry Day We Celebrate the Thriving North West Live Scene


Last weekend poetry took centre stage at Sonder Festival with a host of the North West finest poets performing at Sandbar and with the North Wests currently thriving live poetry scene it is no wonder.

Manchester alone has a whole plethora of unique poetry events to delight your ears and question your mind.

Word Central takes place on the first Thursday of the Month in Manchester Central Library, an ideal location for a poetry night ran by Manchester Libraries and Flapjack Press expect well known guests to perform alongside a slew of open mic’ers. Also on the first Thursday of the month That’s What She Said at Tribeca is a poetry night that celebrates female creativity in Manchester with poetry, slam’s and storytelling to entertain you.

Verbose winner of “Best Spoken Word Night” at this year’s Saboteur awards takes place every 4th Monday at Fallow café in Manchester. Hosted by the always entertaining Zena Barrie and Joe Howard each night usually has a theme plus multiple headliners and with added bonus of being totally free.

Taking place every third Thursday in the heart of the Northern Quarter downstairs in Jimmy’s, Speak! Provides a lively night of poetry that has won fans of poets and punters alike.

Hosted by Fat Roland and Joe Daly every last Wednesdays at Gullivers Bad Language is a Manchester institution that welcomes performers of both poetry and prose and welcomes new performers with 5 of the ten open mic slots dedicated to first time performers.

Speak Easy every first Wednesday at The Sip Club in Manchester welcomes you into their living room of literature and is a great free poetry night with a relaxed atmosphere.

Young Identity takes place across various venues in Manchester and celebrates the wealth of performance places the city has to offer. With the popular Open Mic Stand and a whole host of full length shows check the Contact MCR website for more details. Pen:Chant is another exciting and eclectic organisation that puts on night featuring spoken word, live music, comedy, cabaret and everything in-between.

Whilst Evidently one of Salford’s most prestigious events may be coming to an end this December there are still plenty of events to look forward to. Including Evidently’s Big Birthday Bash and Word War’s Champion of Champions. Plus I’m sure the team behind Evidently won’t keep quiet for long.

At Punk In Drublic stand-up comedy and performance poetry clash for charity. Since starting in 2017 it’s hosted names such as Jamali Maddix, Attila The Stockbroker and Jackie Hagan whilst raising over £2000 for Mustard Tree Homeless Charity. You can usually find Punk In Drublic at Reasons To Be Cheerful Beer Café in Didsbury or Dulcimer Bar in Chorlton, keep an eye on their Facebook pages for their next event it’s sure to be a blast.

Long standing night Manchester Poets (Formerly Manky Poets) takes place every third Friday of the month at Chorlton Library. Evenings sometimes feature music as well as guest poetry slots including the likes of Tony Walsh and Cheryl Pearson.

Mash Guru in Macclesfield plays host to a regular poetry night that alternates between Mashed Words which welcomes performers of poetry and prose and the excellent Verse vs Verse a poetry slam that attracts a wealth of talent. Plus Barnaby Festival this year saw Macclesfield’s first ever Spoken Bars poetry pub crawl. Former Manchester Cathedral Poet and Cheshire Poet Laureate John Lindley hosts Poems and Pints at the Red Lion in Goostrey and Headspace in Congleton on the first Wednesday of the month.

A Lovely Word in Liverpool hosts regular poetry and open mic nights at the Everyman Theatre that has featured a whole variety of exciting poets including Casey Bailey, Lisa Bower and Liverpool young poet laureate Jamie Thrasivoulou. Also of note in Liverpool is Dead Good Poets Society that aims to promote poetry through performance and encourages development of new poets, they meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Garden Café on Hope Street for an open mic with guest headliners.

Long running poetry group Chester Poets has been meeting since 1973 and currently meet at the Old Boot in Chester. Brand new poetry night Testify started this March in Chester at Hanky Panky Pancakes and is an open mic that encourages you to bring your poetry, politics, peeves, passions and pissed off rants!

As you can see there is a whole host of poetry nights across the North West to keep you entertained.

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