Saturday 8th June, 2.30 – 4.00 pm. Reading of poems by Jacob Polley and prizewinners in the Poets & Players Poetry Competition, with music by Adam Fairhall (piano).

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

This was a free event and there was no need to book.

Readings in the first half were by the prize winning and commended poets Sue Kindon, Helen Tookey, Maeve Henry, Linda Goulden, Noel Connor and Frances Nagle, introduced by judges Jacob Polley and David Morris. You can read their winning and commended poems here.

Photographs ©Barry Hobson


Jacob PolleyJacob Polley was born in Carlisle, Cumbria. He is the author of three acclaimed books of poems, The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006) and The Havocs (2012), all published by Picador, UK. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, and both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2004 he was named one of the ‘Next Generation’ of the twenty best new poets in Britain, and his first novel, Talk of the Town, won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at the University of St Andrews and lives in Fife, Scotland. Jacob Polley’s website can be found at

SONY DSCAdam Fairhall‘s witty robust tunes are often jumping off points for improvisation, producing music of drive and intensity. Originally from Cornwall, Adam has a Masters from Leeds College of Music. His notable solo performances include recitals at the Leeds International Jazz Conference 2005 and at the Sage, Gateshead in 2011. His trio Moving Chain has been performed at clubs, arts centres and festivals throughout the country. His most ambitious project as leader is The Imaginary Delta, which involves a seven-piece ensemble. commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival, and premiered at Band on the Wall, Manchester, in 2011 to considerable acclaim.



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