Young Identity is a Manchester-based Commonword group for young writers and spoken word performers, aged 13 to 25, that has been running writing projects and creative workshops for over 10 years. The collective also manages One Mic Stand (affectionately known as OMS), a popular poetry showcase and slam night which takes place quarterly at Contact Theatre.
Young Identity is dedicated to giving young people opportunities to perform their written work and the group has worked with artists such as poet Lemn Sissay, international spoken word icon Saul Williams, dub poetry legend Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ted Hughes Prize Winner Kate Tempest, and the late Amiri Baraka.
Join Young Identity for the latest OMS: a night of poetry, music and visual art, featuring an open slam and special guests Ty. Ty has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and has shared the mic with the likes of De La Soul and Damon Albarn, and is described as “one of black music’s true innovators”.