London-based Poet in the City presents the second of a new series of Manchester events, this time in the form of arts/science micro-festival Daydreaming in the City. The one-dayer explores daydreaming and poetic states of mind through spoken word performance and talks, plus a live immersive audio experience from In the Dark Radio leading into a screening of classic Jean Cocteau film Orphée.
At 2.30pm, Running and the City hears from Mancunian poet Helen Mort, whose collection Division Street (Chatto & Windus) was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize. Her collection No Map Could Show Them explores the relationship between routes, paths and poetry, perfect for this psychogeography-inspired event. From 4pm, The City Unfurled: Urban Diversions welcomes Inua Ellams, widely published poet and founder of the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion, Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse, and Jon Day, whose memoir Cyclogeography tells of the three years he spent as a London bicycle courier.