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Presented by Manchester Literature Festival

Two electrifying performers, Inua Ellams and Yomi Sode return to MLF to share work from their acclaimed poetry collections.

Both Inua’s The Actual and Yomi’s Manorism take aim at the legacies of the British Empire – racism, classism, toxic masculinity and trauma. Woven with references to white cultural figures from Shakespeare to Caravaggio and sharp critiques of the likes of Piers Morgan, they ask what it means to live as a Black man in Britain today. Alongside his poetry, Inua will give a sneak preview of his narrative, funny, emotive forthcoming The Actual Essays.  

Hosted by Keisha Thompson, poet and Artistic Director of Contact.  

Inua Ellams

Inua was born in Nigeria but now lives in London. A prolific poet, playwright and graphic designer, he founded The R.A.P Party and his superb fourth play Barber Shop Chronicles sold out two runs at the National Theatre.

Yomi Sode

Yomi is a Nigerian British writer. He is a recipient of the 2019 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021. His most recent play and breathe… premiered at the Almeida Theatre to rave reviews.


One of the North West’s most innovative literary festivals, Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) specialises in showcasing and commissioning imaginative writing from fiction and poetry to secular sermons. A firm believer in the transformative power of words and stories, MLF’s annual Festival includes some of the most interesting voices in fiction, poetry, literature in translation, song-writing, activism and culture. MLFs’ Young People’s Steering Group sits alongside Manchester Literature Festival’s Board of Trustees and helps to ensure that MLF’s programming and artist development activities are relevant to and meet the needs of young people.


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  • Price
    £12 Standard /£10 Under 35s
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
  • Booking info

    Advance tickets for MLF Members are on sale Wednesday 24 August, general sale opens Friday 26 August.

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Date Time & Place
Tuesday 11 October 7:00pm
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