Sat 15th Nov, 2.30 – 4.00, poems read by Imtiaz Dharker, with new voices Michael Conley and Sheila Wild; music by Chris Davies and Olivia Moore.

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

This was a free event open to all.

You can read the WriteOutLoud review of the event by clicking here and watch videos of individual performers by clicking on the links below:

Imtiaz Dharker          Sheila Wild           Michael Conley

Olivia Moore and Chris Davies 1         Olivia Moore and Chris Davies 2


Gallery © Keith Lander Photography, with thanks to Keith Lander. You can link to the Keith Lander Photography website here.

© Ayesha Dharker Taylor

© Ayesha Dharker Taylor

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Her collections of poems include Purdah, Postcards from god, I speak for the devil and The terrorist at my table, Leaving Fingerprints and Over the Moon (September 2014, Bloodaxe Books). Recipient of the Cholmondeley Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her poems are on the British AQA and Edexcel GCSE English syllabus, and she reads with other poets at Poetry Live! events all over the country to more than 25,000 students a year. She scripts and directs films, many of them for non-government organisations in India, working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children.

‘Imtiaz Dharker’s new collection is the crown to a celebratory, humane, wholly utterable, subtly crafted poetry. Reading her, one feels that were there to be a World Laureate, Imtiaz Dharker would be the only candidate’ – Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.

Michael Conley lives in Manchester. His first pamphlet, Aquarium, is with Birmingham-based award-winning publishers Flarestack. He won the 2010 Weasdale Poetry prize and his work has featured in magazines such as Magma, Rialto and Cadaverine.

Sheila Wild, Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2012, has a record of competition awards
and publication in poetry journals and anthologies. She has a collection forthcoming with Cinnamon Press.

© Keith Lander,

© Keith Lander,

Chris Davies (tabla) has been at the heart of Poets & Players since co-founding it with Linda Chase. He is a musician, composer and performer, who works mainly with visual theatre, Indian dance and street theatre… and is an exciting, and ongoing songero in the comedy musical duo – MariachoO!.

Olivia Moore is an innovative and creative violinist, dedicated to jazz and classical Indian
music, while also drawing influence from flamenco, gypsy and folk. She leads the Indian style
Jazz band, Unfurl.
“Olivia Moore’s violin has an Eastern tang that is genuinely entrancing” (City Life).






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