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It's a big one! Today marks 20 years since the first World Poetry Day. As such, we'd like to share with you the Contact poem written by Elmi Ali.


Contact is a good story, a hot topic handled well

It is a fresh idea, a door, a window

Contact is a slow lift, a tight embrace

A balance of harmony between art, theatre and community

It is being in touch, eyes on the action, mind on the matter

Contact is a real connection.

A pause to reflect

A promise between people and place

Legacy embodied in youth

Contact is Manchester’s best foot forward

It is the future of theatre, now.


Words by Elmi Ali, 2018


Image Credit: Ahmed Omar