Friday, 23 November 2018 at 10:00 am – Saturday, 24 November 2018 at 9:00 pm

Poetry Emergency: a northwest radical poetry festival

Date: Friday 23rd November – Saturday 24th November 2018

Time: Friday 10am - 9pm, Saturday at 10.30am - 9pm

Location: Salford University, New Adelphi Studio Theatre and 70 Oxford Street, Manchester

Tickets: Various prices - available at: 

In collaboration with Salford University and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, Manchester Metropolitan University are pleased to announce Poetry Emergency: A Northwest Radical Poetry Festival.

Poetry Emergency is a two-day festival exploring emergency and liveness in radical poetic art, taking place in Salford and Manchester on 23rd and 24th November 2018. Bringing together some of the most challenging and surprising poets and performers of the moment, we ask how poetic art can intervene against passivity and fear in order to agitate and inspire. In the emergency-prone moment of anxiety and disaster-creation, how can the mini-revolutions of language art snowball into communities of support and resistance? Crossing between poetry readings and performance, and integrating workshops and discussions into the programme, Poetry Emergency will be a rare and exciting creative and learning event for the North West.

Friday 23rd November ~ Salford University, New Adelphi Studio Theatre, M5 4WT
A day of workshops, seminars & discussion, followed by an evening of performance.

Saturday 24th November ~ 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
A day of poetry and poetry-adjacent performance

Line-up includes:
Maggie O’Sullivan
Sean Bonney
Danny Hayward
Lila Matsumoto
Rhys Trimble
Nisha Ramayya
Nathan Walker
Nicola Singh
Nat Raha
Claire Potter
Amy McCauley
Stuart Calton
Gloria Dawson
THF Drenching
Tear Fet
Food People
Young Identity
Zoë Skoulding
Plus de facto displays of slogans & snippets contributed by Bhanu Kapil

Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections will also have displays of poetry books and pamphlets available to view in their reading room on the afternoon of Saturday 24th November

Full programme: 


Friday evening (keynote and poetry readings): £3

Saturday, all day: £6

Whole weekend: £8

Workshops are free to attend, but numbers are very limited. Sign up separately. Details to follow shortly.

Generously supported by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Salford, and Manchester Metropolitan University. ; & in association with Poetry Wales & Peter Barlow's Cigarette

Students from the NWCDTP are eligible for free tickets and travel to the event. Please contact us at to recieve reimbursement.

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