Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, this event has been cancelled. Words Weekend Artistic Director Beth Gallimore’s statement reads:
‘It is with huge sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel Words Weekend at The Lowry following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe. Although this is an incredibly difficult decision, the health of authors and audiences must be the priority.
The cancellation of London Book Fair was an early indicator of the impact COVID-19 would have on our industry, and given the fast-changing nature of the situation, we feel we must act quickly and decisively.
All ticket holders will be contacted directly by the venue.
We will be pressing ahead with our plans for Bury St Edmunds in May, our spring 2021 festival at Sage Gateshead, and hope to plan another festival at The Lowry in the future.’
Join Manchester and Liverpool’s favourite son Gerry Potter alongside his friends Chanje Kunda and Dave Viney for an outspoken evening of performance poetry.
Gerry Potter is a theatre-verse explorer of a very different kind. An LGBTQ+ icon, his poetry combines a strong Scouse voice with fantastical Queerology, colliding in a life most certainly lived and confidently outspoken.
Chanje Kunda is a poet, playwright and performance artist with an established international reputation. Poetry performances include features at The Royal Albert Hall London, the Calabash Literature Festival, Jamaica, and the Royal Exchange, Manchester. During an artist residency in the Netherlands, she performed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Groningen. Chanje won the New Writing North Award in 2015 and was commissioned to produce content for the BBC.
Dave Viney is a Mancunian performance poet, playwright and facilitator. Co-host of Bang Said the Gun: Manchester, he has performed at venues across the Country including Greater Manchester’s own Lowry Theatre. His play works include Amateur Thematics (2012), Writer’s Retweet (2013) – both with Working Verse Collective – and Rusholme Roulette (2013), a solo project, chosen by the BBC for their Turn Up the Talent Showcase.
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