Peter Barlow’s Cigarette at The Carlton Club

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet Andrew Taylor
Poet Andrew Taylor.

Peter Barlow's Cigarette at The Carlton Club, Manchester, 26 November 2022, free entry - Visit now

We’re very excited to be writing about Peter Barlow’s Cigarette again, an experimental poetry reading series which has been running in Manchester since 2013 and which always promises a platter of great avant-garde yet still accessible word action. Please note that the line-up has changed since this preview was written. Unfortunately, the train strikes on Saturday mean that Alan Baker and Andrew Taylor are not longer able to make it to Manchester – PBC hope to have them read some time next year. 

PBC events are both free and friendly, and bring together emerging talent and local poets with more established UK-wide and international performers.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and energy of organisers Rachel Sills, Tim Allen and Joey Frances, PBC events are both free and friendly, and bring together emerging talent and local poets with more established UK-wide and international performers – expect this afternoon of alternative poetries to serve up a variety of voices and styles. Peter Barlow’s Cigarette #36 is a showcase of four writers: Alan Baker, James Davies, Igntaz Maria and Andrew Taylor.

James Davies co-organised Manchester’s long-running poetry reading series The Other Room, which keen readers will know we loved. He has also edited the experimental poetry press if p then q since 2008. James Davies is the author of a number of poetry collections, most recently stack, published by Carcanet, and Plants, a set of conceptual poems. He is also the author of two novels: The Wood Pigeons (Dostoyevsky Wannabe) and the Oulipian psychedelic romantic comedy When Two Are in Love or As I Came To Behind Frank’s Transporter (Crater Press), written in collaboration with Philip Terry. His latest book – launched recently alongside CT Lit Ed Sarah-Clare Conlon – it is like toys but also like video taped in a mall is just out with Pamenar Press and consists of 201 minimalist poems that come in pairs of lines, which play against each other with individual lines slipping in and out of single and specific meaning.

Alan Baker was born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and has lived in Nottingham since 1985, where he runs the poetry publisher Leafe Press and is editor of its associated webzine Litter. His most recent poetry collections are Letters from the Underworld (Red Ceilings, 2018), Riverrun (KFS, 2019) and A Journal of Enlightened Panic (Shoestring). He has published Andrew Taylor’s latest collection, Northangerland: (Re)Versions of the Poetry of Branwell Brontë. Andrew has also published three collections with Shearsman Books, and he lives and works in Nottingham. The final reader, Igntaz Maria, is a lesbian communist, barista and trash vulture who writes poems on her lunch breaks.

PBC aim to simultaneously livestream the event for anyone who can’t come in person or for whom in person events are for any reason inaccessible. A Zoom link will be sent out before the event.

James Davies book cover
James Davies book cover

Free entry, but booking strongly advised.

Peter Barlow's Cigarette at The Carlton Club, Manchester

26 November 2022 4:00 pm
Free entry

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