Start popping events for the new year in your shiny box fresh diary – there’s lots of live lit going on, from pop-up performances and poetry tours to literary launches and short story showcases. Not everything is academic-centric and some of it is immersive, experimental and independent. What’s more, most of our picks are free, so perfect for that post-festivities wallet worry!
Here are our top 5 picks
Somerset Maugham Award-winning poet Adam O’Riordan turns his hand to short stories, launching his first collection, The Burning Ground, as part of the Manchester Met’s Manchester Writing series, reading from the book and chatting about writing techniques with Dave Haslam.
Back for its first outing of 2017, Poets & Players welcomes Forward Best Poem Prize and National Poetry Competition winner Ian Duhig for a sold-out workshop followed by a reading alongside poets Fiona Benson and Becky Cherriman.
Live literature night Verbose celebrates its second birthday with readings from flash fiction headliners David Swann, Ashley Chantler and Peter Blair, plus the usual open mic of prose and poetry performances, all served up by host Sarah-Clare Conlon.
Eighty-odd writers and artists join forces across six dates to create brand-new collaborative works for performance around the North West, starting in York and ending in Liverpool, under the watchful eyes of Enemies Project curators SJ Fowler and Tom Jenks.
Manchester-based poet Vona Groarke launches her latest collection on home turf (she lectures at the Centre for New Writing), with an exploration of identity and, er, picture frames.