Pen:Chant at PUSH Festival at HOME

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet and Pen:Chant host Ben Mellor.
Poet and Pen:Chant host Ben Mellor.

Pen:Chant at PUSH Festival at HOME Manchester, Manchester 19 January 2017 Tickets from £8.00 — Book now

HOME’s annual two-week PUSH festival runs 14 to 28 January, and features visual art, film screenings and over 30 performances, events, panel discussions and workshops by some of the North West’s most exciting and vibrant artists. Representing live literature is Pen:Chant, the regular night hosted by award-winning writer and performer Ben Mellor.

Pen:Chant digs up the best local, national and international acts from the seams of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between, and past acts have included Jackie Hagan, Eggs Collective, Jason Singh and London Poet Laureate Laurie Bolger, host of Bang Said The Gun (on tour next year, and coming to The Lowry in Salford on 13 May – watch this space for more details nearer the time).

For this special event at PUSH Festival, Pen:Chant will be presenting a fully local line-up of the best emerging and emergent artists that Greater Manchester has to offer, across any genre. And as well as established acts, such as poet Louise Fazackerley, an open mic will be available to performers of all stripes. Contact for a five-minute slot.

Pen:Chant at PUSH Festival at HOME Manchester, Manchester 19 January 2017 Tickets from £8.00 Book now

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Where to go near Pen:Chant at PUSH Festival at HOME

Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Event venue

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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Writer Kate Feld. Photo by Simon Buckley
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