Saturday 25th April, poems read by John McAuliffe, Melissa Lee-Houghton and Maria Isakova Bennett, with music by pupils from Chetham’s School of Music


Please click the links below to see the performances on our YouTube channel:

John McAuliffe

Melissa Lee-Houghton

In the Historic Reading Room of the John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, M3 3EH. This will be our last event in the library before our return to the Whitworth Art Gallery in May. We’re deeply grateful to the library and its staff for their support over the last year and a half.

This is a free event open to all. There’s no need to book.

JMcA sept 14 1John McAuliffe’s fourth book, The Way In, is due from The Gallery Press this summer. A Better Life (2007) was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize and Of All Places (2010) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He is co-director of the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, where he teaches poetry, and he contributes a monthly column on new poetry to The Irish Times. He edits the Manchester Review and the online poetry digest .


Melissa 1-1Melissa Lee-Houghton is a Next Generation Poet. Her second collection, Beautiful Girls, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her work has appeared in The Guardian Review, Poetry Wales, Magma, New Walk, The Quietus and The White Review, and many others. Her short fiction was commissioned and aired by BBC Radio Four. She is working on her third poetry collection and a novel, as well as an ongoing creative project investigating the prevalence of suicide in the UK.


maria isakova bennettMaria Isakova Bennett is an artist, poet and teacher from Liverpool who graduated with an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University in December 2012, and since then has had poetry and reviews published online and in print in the UK, US, and Ireland.  In 2014 Maria was highly commended in the Gregory O’ Donoghue Poetry Competition, shortlisted in the Munster Literature Chapbook Competition, and awarded first prize in the Ver Open Poetry Competition. Last month, Maria’s debut pamphlet was published by Poetry Bus Press in Ireland.

Musicians from Chetham’s School of Music : The Jones Quartet (James Jones, Tudor Trita, Daichi Yoshimura, Alexander Dakin).






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