One of the forerunners of taking Live Literature Land online, Paul Neads has been presenting a Flapjack Press showcase since the start of May, with a weekly line-up of six poets performing live via Zoom. Look up and like Flapjack on Facebook, and take it from there.
Guests in week one (11 May) were scene stalwart Gerry Potter, Stirred host Anna Percy, Thick Richard of Punk In Drublic, Janine Booth, Cathy Crabb and John Darwin. The second week (18 May) welcomed Henry Normal, Tony Walsh aka Longfella (also appearing soon at Our City Speaks – United We Stream), just crowned Saboteur Award-winner Dominic Berry, Stirred co-founder Rebecca Audra Smith, Punk In Drublic compère Robert Stevenson and Melanie Nead (née Rees).
The virtual doors will be opened at around 7.15pm to get everyone settled in comfortably. Bring your own biscuits
The third An Evening In With Flapjack Press – “to help keep the wolves form the sanity door” – takes place on Monday 25 May. The live Zoom link will be posted on Facebook and the virtual doors will be opened at around 7.15pm to get everyone settled in comfortably. Bring your own biscuits. If you so wish, you can go into the audience incognito, screen off and mic muted, so don’t worry about your hair. The next episode features performances by Spoken Weird’s Geneviève L Walsh, Rose Condo of Evidently fame, Steve O’Connor, Pete Ramskill, AK McAllister and Tony Curry.
Later in the week, on Thursday, from 8pm, Tony Curry appears again as he and Flapjack, in association with Manchester Libraries, launch Word Central into the ether. Usually popping up regularly in Central Library, this shiny new online version will see poet Gordon Zola taking on headline duties for the first outing while three-minute open mic slots will be available on a first-come first-served basis (a reserve list will be available if uptake proves popular).