The North by North West Poetry Tour at various venues

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet SJ Fowler.
Poet SJ Fowler.

The North by North West Poetry Tour at International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester 14 January — 11 February 2017 Entrance is free

The Enemies Project is an ongoing collaboration of contemporary poets, mainly, but also prose writers and sound and visual artists. The North by North West Poetry Tour has already popped up in York, Manchester and Edge Hill, with Leeds Wharf Chambers next (9 February, 7.30pm), then Sheffield Bank Street Arts (10 February, 7.30pm) and finally Liverpool Everyman on Saturday 11 February (7.30pm). All events are free.

Eighty-odd writers will be joining forces across the six dates to produce more than 60 collaborative works created specifically for performance on the tour in January and February 2017.

At the events, there is a core group of six touring poets: project lynchpins SJ Fowler and Tom Jenks, co-founder and host of Manchester’s top experimental poetry night The Other Room, plus Linda Kemp, Robert Sheppard, Christopher Stephenson and JT Welsch. Alongside, poets local to each area will perform. Contributors include Richard Barrett, Jazmine Linklater and Alec Newman, headliners at November’s Verbose; Fat Roland of Manchester’s Bad Language; live literature scene regulars Geraldine Monk, Lauren Bolger, Joey Frances and David Gaffney, and BBC Radio 3’s The Verb presenter Ian McMillan.


The North by North West Poetry Tour at International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester 14 January — 11 February 2017 Entrance is free

Where to go near The North by North West Poetry Tour at various venues

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.

Bar or Pub
Black Dog Ballroom NWS

Black Dog Ballroom is a three-level bar, club and restaurant complete with roof terrace covered to provide protection during Manchester’s rainy season.

Dog Bowl bowling alley and restaurant Manchester.
Bar or Pub
Dog Bowl

A bar and 10-pin bowling alley combined, Dog Bowl is a neon-lit venue that serves up cocktails and Tex-Mex food to go with your time on the lanes.

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.

Gorilla, Whitworth street Manchester
Bar or Pub

Gorilla is a good choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From a hearty full English to meaty burgers via good vegan and veggie options. It also hosts some of the best gigs and events in Manchester.

HOME Manchester
HOME Manchester

Now back open with a packed schedule of events and things to do, HOME Manchester is one of the city’s leading hubs for arts and culture.

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.

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