Saturday 20th April, 2.30 – 4.00 pm. Poetry by Olivia McCannon, Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone, with music by Gavin Barras (double bass), Ed Jones (tenor sax), Corey Mwamba (vibraphone) and Steve Plews (piano).

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

This was a free event.

Photographs ©Barry Hobson


Olivia McCannonOlivia McCannon was born on Merseyside and lives in London. Her collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize, and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.She lived for eight years in Belleville, Paris, and her translations include Balzac’s Old Man Goriot (Penguin Classics, 2011), modern French poetry in Poetry of Place: Paris (Eland, 2013) and contemporary plays for the Royal Court theatre in London.



Kirsten Irving is one half of the crew behind collaborative poetry publisher Sidekick Books, and submissions editor of Fuselit magazine. Her pamphlet, What To Do, was published in 2011 by Happenstance, and her first full collection, Never Never Never Come Back, was released in 2012 by Salt Publishing. In 2011 she won the Live Canon International Poetry Prize. Kirsten lives in London, where she works as a freelance copywriter and proofreader.


Jon Stone was born in Derby and currently lives in Whitechapel. His collection, School of Forgery (Salt, 2012), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and he won an Eric Gregory Award in 2012. He is an editor at Sidekick Books, through which he has edited and designed poetry and illustration anthologies that have been featured in BBC Wildlife, the Telegraph and Retro Gamer. He works as a court transcript editor.


gavin barras

Gavin Barras was born in Kendal in Cumbria. He studied music at the University of Manchester, receiving private tuition from Roberto Carillo-Garcia and Corin Long. Whilst studying classical music Gavin continued developing his love for jazz and received lessons from Steve Berry in jazz bass. Gavin is a busy working musician, actively involved in several recording and touring projects both in the UK and abroad.
He has performed at jazz festivals such as London, Manchester, Brecon, Glasgow, Wigan, Southport and Birmingham. Overseas he has appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands and in 2010 travelled to Taiwan to perform at the Taipai International Jazz Festival.

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