Verbose at Fallow Cafe

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Author Lisa Harding.
Author Lisa Harding.

Verbose at Fallow Cafe, Manchester, 25 September 2017, free entry

Live literature night Verbose – bringing words to the ‘burbs – is back after a summer break, but under new ownership, with Jo Howard and Zena Barrie at the helm. Continuing tradition, there will be three headliners plus open mic performers – but breaking with tradition, there will now be a theme at every monthly outing.

Jo and Zena have been writing together since they were teenagers, so the theme they’ve chosen for September’s Verbose is teenagers: think toe-curling scribbles from the days of yore alongside brand-new pieces about teenage life, including work by a full-female line-up: Lisa Harding, Alex Keelan and Valerie O’Riordan.

Playwright and award-winning short story writer Lisa Harding’s debut novel, Harvesting, about human trafficking in Dublin, was published in April to critical acclaim, with Roddy Doyle saying: ‘Harvesting is shocking – and shockingly good. It is thought-provoking, anger-provoking, guilt-provoking, and most importantly it’s a brilliantly written novel.’

You may have spotted Manchester-based writer and poet Alex Keelan’s work before – her play The Loves of Others won Best Comedy Award at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2017, while Angel of the House re-ran earlier this year at Hope Mill Theatre as part of the Wonder Women Festival and was described by Manchester Theatre Awards as ‘intelligent and engaging’.

Valerie O’Riordan is a short story writer, widely published in many journals, including Unthology, Fugue and Litro, and a Bristol Short Story Prize-winner. A former editor of The Manchester Review, she is now Senior Editor at The Forge Literary Magazine and a member of international writing collective The Fiction Forge.

Looks like Jo and Zena are starting as they mean to go on. Expect Good Things.

Verbose at Fallow Cafe, Manchester

25 September 2017 7:30 pm
Free entry

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