June was busy, to say the least. Alongside the onset of busy season in my day job, I had 4 performances across 2 weeks (Verbose was in May yes, but it was the end of May). Here are my thoughts on each night I did.
Verbose was a night of folklore and fairy tales, and ghosts, first loves and selkies abounded. I saw Amy Kinsman (of Riggwelter Press, 3 Drops in a Cauldron and Gorilla Poetry) for the first time and immediately bought their pamphlet ‘&’. If you get a chance to go to a Saboteur Award Winning literary night, Verbose is definitely worth checking out.
Verbose is on the 4th Monday of every month in Fallow Cafe, Manchester.
Big thanks to our amazing headliners @EllyRees @MazHedgehog and @cherylpea for fantastic and inspiring performances last night! It was a real treat and we had plenty of amazing open mic-ers too! Top night! @fallowcafe #Manchester #SpokenWord pic.twitter.com/TkwLoxooot
— Verbose Manchester (@VerboseMCR) May 29, 2018
Testify was a little stranger. Set in Hanky Panky Pancakes, I walked in (late) to the smell of some thoroughly delicious seeming pancakes and some equally delicious poetry. There were first timers, seasoned veterans, a battle rapper and some OAP almost-erotica. The stand out of the evening was Jay, a black queer writer from New York who I will most definitely be trying to see more of in future.
Testify is on the 1st Tuesday of every month in Hanky Panky Pancakes
I’m sad I didn’t get to do Soapbox at the Manchester Histories Festival, but sometimes sickness strikes at the worst possible moment. I did, however, perform at the launch. And that was a great deal of fun. I was supposed to perform in the foyer but it didn’t quite work out. So, there was a last minute swap. Whilst somewhat chaotic, I still had a lot of fun performing and taking in part in such a wonderful event. By the nature of the event, I didn’t get a chance to see the other performers (we were all performing simultaneously in different parts of the gallery), but I have no doubt they were all phenomenal.
Thank you to everybody who joined us tonight at @mcrartgallery to celebrate the start of @mcrhistfest 2018. Looking forward to a pakced long-weekender celebrating our histories and heritage pic.twitter.com/nNpEKmr6o1
— Manchester Histories (@mcrhistfest) June 7, 2018
In all, June was fun, demanding and absolutely exhausting. I wouldn’t have dropped any of these nights, and I wish I could have managed Soapbox, but I am determined not to overbook myself like this again.