Sat 21st Feb, 2.30 – 4.00 pm, poems read by Liz Berry and Geraldine Monk with new voice Roy Marshall and music by Les Malheureux


In the Historic Reading Room of the John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, M3 3EH.

This was a free event open to all.

You can see videos of the performances by clicking on the performers’ names:

Les Malheureux Roy Marshall Geraldine Monk Liz Berry


Images © Keith Lander. We are grateful for permission to use them here.

Liz B and W Poetry Photo (2).
Liz Berry was born in the Black Country. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, an Arvon-Jerwood mentorship in 2011 and won the Poetry London competition in 2012. Her debut collection Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014) was a PBS Recommendation and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. You can read more about her on her own website here.


Monk - T.-1Geraldine Monk’s poetry was first published in the 1970’s. Her major collections include Interregnum, Creation Books and Escafeld Hangings, West House Books. Salt Publishing issued her Selected Poems in 2003. In 2012 she edited Cusp: Recollections of Poetry in Transition, Shearman Books and in 2013 she received a Northern Writers’ Awards towards her next book Forgiving Mirrors. Her next collection entitled, They Who Saw The Deep will be published in 2016. She lives in Sheffield and is a founding member of the Sheffield based antichoir Juxtavoices. In 2014 she became an affiliated poet to The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at the University of Sheffield.


Roy Marshall lives in Leicestershire. He has been employed as a gardener, electronics buyer and coronary care nurse. Roy is currently a househusband working part time in adult education while studying for a Masters in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam. Roy’s pamphlet Gopagilla was published in 2012, and a full collection, The Sun Bathers (2013) is available from Shoestring Press.


lesmalsapril20121Les Malheureux is a unique collaboration between flash fiction writers David Gaffney and Sarah-Clare Conlon, combining live literature with original music and projections.
David Gaffney is the author of the critically acclaimed short-short story collections Sawn-off Tales, Aromabingo, The Half-life Of Songs and More Sawn-off Tales plus the novel Never Never. He has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine, and is a judge for the 2015 Bridport Prize.
Described in Flash Magazine as “one of the most interesting and inspiring authors writing flashes today”, Sarah-Clare Conlon is a Salt Prize winner for her micro fiction and editor of The Manchester Anthologyand Quickies: Short Stories For Adults. A former journalist on Elle and Nova magazines, she now writes forThe Manchester Review, The Skinny and Creative Tourist.


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