Phonica: Five

Phonica: Five features six exciting acts from Ireland, Spain and Iceland presenting a blend of songwriting and sound improvisation; poetry incorporating architecture and design; ‘musique concrète’; translation; poetry and audiovisual art; cello and electronics; and subversions of the expectations around spoken word performance.
Phonica is a primarily poetry and music series with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, programmed and hosted since early 2016 by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.


Following standing-room-only events in February and March, live literature night Verbose is back on Monday 24 April, at Fallow Café in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Hailed by the media as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester, Verbose’s headliners are always linked – this time it’s members of The Writing Squad initiative.

James Giddings received a Northern Writers award in 2015. His debut pamphlet Everything is Scripted won Templar Poetry’s Book and Pamphlet Award in 2016, and he’s shortlisted for the upcoming Saboteur Awards. Charlotte Wetton won second prize at the StAnza Slam and her pamphlet I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand is just out with Calder Valley Poetry. James Varney is a writer and theatre maker who has had work published in Ambit, and Gregory Kearns is a poet based Liverpool, published by In The Red 14 and The Lifejacket Anthology.

Taking place on the fourth Monday of the month at Fallow Café (2a Landcross Road, M14 6NA), entry is free and doors are at 7.30pm. See Open mic slots are three minutes; to perform, email via

A Slice of Life: The Art of The Short Story with Neil Campbell

Sat 22 April 2017, 10:00 – 13:00. Lincoln Room 2, Central Methodist Buildings, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ.

An introduction to the art of writing short stories by Neil Campbell.
This three hour workshop will introduce participants to the essential ingredients and structure of a well crafted short story. Beginning with reading an existing text and identifying key features in a group setting, participants will then have the opportunity to have a go writing their own individual short story with the support of an expert in the genre. The workshop will culminate in a reading of the stories created and the opportunity for instant feedback. More here.