Saturday 21 May 2016, 2.30-4.00, Moniza Alvi, Jonathan Edwards and Cath Nichols, music from Glenn Sharp and Chico Pere

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Our next event will feature poets Moniza Alvi, Jonathan Edwards and Cath Nichols with flamenco music from Glenn Sharp and Chico Pere. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER.

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

Moniza Alvi

moniza 1Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. Her collections include The Country at My Shoulder (1993), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and theWhitbread poetry prizes and selected for the Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ promotion), Europa (2008) and At the Time of Partition (2013) both also shortlisted for theT.S. Eliot prize. She is working on a new collection, provisionally called Intermediaries. Moniza received a Cholmondeley Award in 2002. She lives in Wymondham where she tutors for the Poetry School.

Jonathan Edwards

P1020161Jonathan Edwards’s first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. It was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His poems have received prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award, and have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review and The North. He works as a teacher.

Cath Nichols

cath short hair picCath Nichols has a PhD from Lancaster University and teaches Creative Writing at Leeds University. She was a queer journalist for print and radio in the 90s and started writing poetry in 2000 as drag queen Daisy Buttercup. Her publications include Tales of Boy Nancy (Driftwood, 2005), My Glamorous Assistant (Headland, 2007) and Distance (erbacce, 2012). A second collection, This is Not a Stunt, is forthcoming in 2017. She also writes children’s fiction and is currently developing Rachel, a time-travelling transgender eleven year old, who wants to save Jeanne d’Ay (Joan of Arc) from her fate.

Glenn Sharp and Chico Pere

Glenn Sharp and Chico PereFlamenco singer Chico Pere & flamenco guitarist Glenn Sharp will perform a mixture of traditional flamenco palos and contemporary flamenco rumbas. Based in Seville and Manchester, Chico and Glenn are the founding members of ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’, who released their debut album on Riverboat Records in 2014.

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