26 September at 19:30–22:30. Fallow Cafe,  2A Landcross Road, Manchester, M14 6NA.

This month’s headliners have all been published by literary periodical Bare Fiction Magazine, which promotes new creative writing across poetry, fiction and plays, and includes articles, reviews and interviews with practitioners. Michael Conley has published two pamphlets, Aquarium (Flarestack Poets) and More Weight (Eyewear). He runs a literature night The Other, in which poets swap words. Rosie Garland has five collections of poetry, with a sixth out this year on Flapjack Press, and two novels. Her third novel, The Night Brother, is due out next spring. Rachel Mann is resident poet at Manchester Cathedral. She is the author of three books, with The Great War, Memory & Symbol being published in spring 2017.

Fancy a go on the open mic? Sign up for a three-minute slot by emailing verbosemcr at gmail dot com.

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