Monday 28 November 2016, Fallow Cafe, 2A Landcross Road, Manchester,M14 6NA . Featuring Richard Barrett, Jazmine Linklater and Alec Newman, all part of the Enemies Project North West Poetry Tour.  19.30 start, free entry. More here.

Bad Language with Richard Barrett

Our headliner for Bad Language on June 29th at The Castle is RICHARD BARRETT,

Richard Barrett’s poetry collections include A Personal History of Apathy, Endless / Nameless with Rachel Sills, and HUGZ. His new collection LOVE LIFE! is forthcoming on Stranger Press. He’s currently working on The Saragossa Manuscript, which takes in the 1990s West Yorkshire rave scene, and Super Normal, described as “a non-fiction prose account of Richard’s contribution to the history of the world during the years 2013 to 2015”.

Locals may know Richard best as a mainstay of Manchester poetry night The Other Room. And when he’s not being experimental with poetry, he spends time following celebrity Twitter feuds.

Our open mic line-up is:
Ava MacPherson, Cátia Soeiro, Christopher Nosnibor, Daniel Boylan, Daniel O’Sullvan, David Scott, Leonie Ferrer, Maria Alejandra, Rob Miur, Stan Benes.

29th June, 7pm
Castle Hotel, Manchester


“Across 51 pop-cerebral 14-line poems, Endless/ Nameless dazzles with the minutiae of contemporary life and language. Rachel Sills and Richard Barrett invite us to share in the excitement of their exchange, which feels almost as if they’ve discovered an algorithm for making each line more unforeseen than the last. At times spiky and bristling, at others agonising and direct, and often very funny, this sequence breathes new life into the sonnet form in the way Berrigan and Mayer did. In a synthesised soundscape of television, Greggs outlets and Facebook, in poetry that can jump from Primark to if p then q in a few lines: new and exciting possibilities for lyric expression evolve.” Colin Herd

Out now on The Red Ceilings.

Manchester No Spy Zone anthology

April 12th 2014 at Terrace Bar, Northern Quarter, Manchester Peter Barlow’s Cigarette held a reading to protest against state spying and the creeping erosion of freedom of speech. The pieces performed that night dealt with those topics and more. Manchester Poets Declare A No Spy Zone is the anthology that collects together the work first heard that night. New and original work from 14 poets features in the book: Tim Allen; Richard Barrett; Sue Birchenough; Sarah Crewe; Matt Dalby; Philip Davenport; Joey Frances; Tom Jenks; David Keyworth; Rachel Sills; Chris Stephenson; Scott Thurston; Gareth Twose and Steven Waling. The anthology also features a CD recording from Matt Dalby of his performance on the night – Mass Observation Live. Copies of the book are available from PBC Press.

The Dark Would: Flux magazine features

Flux magazine continues to explore The Dark Would. In on, in, and out – Artist’s text on text Art Richard Barrett, James Davies, Steve Giasson, Vanessa Place & Nick Thurston explore the work of Arthur and Martha, Fiona Banner, Rob Fitterman, Simon Patterson & Lawrence Weiner. You can read the articles HERE.

Two images from two noses of two bombers, each carrying a message that betrays the anxiety of the messenger. In Bollocks, the “unfeasibly large testicles” of one Buster Gonad prove a crippling load, engulfing the phallus that charged with discharging it. Bollocks, in other words, are a load of bunk. In Sperm, thirty missile silhouettes mark the plane’s partial payoff, denoting the fact that most seed simply spills.