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An immersive, dynamic space where artist and audience can connect through words.

Manchester Literature Festival’s Young Producers Collective bring together a range of multidisciplinary artists to celebrate and explore how we tell stories. Taking words from the page to the stage, FLUX re-engages people with the form, creating an immersive, dynamic space where artist and audience can connect through words.

Join us for a night of storytelling, spoken word, DJs and live projection art, featuring Testament, Keisha Thompson, Sean Clarke, and Amerah Saleh with more to be announced.

Access

This event will be BSL interpreted.

If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10 – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on boxoffice@contactmcr.com, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Content Warnings

Full warnings to be confirmed, but including depictions of war conflict, childhood trauma, racism, mental illness, abuse and addiction.

Testament

Testament is an acclaimed rapper, playwright and world record-holding beatboxer based in West Yorkshire. His work includes the Hip-Hop album Homecut: No Freedom Without Sacrifice, spoken word performances for radio and television and the celebrated play Black Men Walking (nominated for Best Play at The Writers Guild Awards 2019 & Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2020). His radio play The Beatboxer was nominated for the Imison Award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020. 

Testament was Channel 4 writer-in-residence at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and his show Orpheus In The Record Shop was broadcast on BBC Television in 2021 is available on BBC iPlayer. Testament’s writing has been published in several anthologies and has been used as a teaching resource internationally. 

Twitter: @testamentonline

Testament stands lit on a black stage, looking at the floor wearing a blazer over a hooded jumper

Keisha Thompson 

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performance artist and producer. Keisha is the Senior Learning Programme Manager for The World Reimagined of Children, Chair of radical arts funding body, Future’s Venture Foundation, a MOBO x London Theatre Consortium Fellow and a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group, and recipient of The Arts Foundation Theatre Makers Award 2021.

Twitter: @keke_thom 

Instagram: @shebekeke

Keisha Thompson stands on a balcony surrounded by red brick buildings, the sun lighting her cheekbones, staring at the ground in a bomber jacket covered in symbols

Sean Clarke

Sean Clarke is a Digital Artist, who specialises in real-time audiovisual performance and lighting design. Skilled in tools such as Touchdisigner, Resolume and Notch, he creates, instals and operates bespoke AV shows for artists, venues and festivals. Residing in Manchester for over ten years, he has become a key figure in Manchesters’ digital art & DIY performance community, supporting the growth of artists by founding projects such as Test Card & DRIFT. Learn more at Sean’s website.

Instagram: @test_card_mcr

Instagram: digital_strawb

Sean Clarke sits against a black background, mouth scrunched and hair falling to the middle of his head with a dark blue shirt

Amerah Saleh

Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist who mixes passion with fiery intelligence and an uncanny insight into what it is to be human.  Championing the Birmingham Poetry scene, her writing and performance has been stunning audiences for quite some time. She is the co-founder of Verve Poetry Press and a Board Member at Apples & Snake. Amerah has performed all around Europe and has released her first collection called ‘I Am Not From Here’. Her work touches on identity, womanhood, religion and the obscure idea of belonging only to one place.

Twitter: @voiceofthepoets 

Instagram: @voiceofthepoets 

Amerah Saleh stands leaning on a white wall wearing pink trousers, glasses, a matching bow tie and a hat, staring down the camera

Romina Ramos

Romina Ramos is a gender fluid Portuguese poet based in Bolton. In 2020 Romina’s work was shortlisted for the Merky Books New Writers’ Prize and broadcast on SoHo Radio. In 2021 their work was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for poetry. They mainly write about identity, dislocation, belonging and sexuality/gender issues.

Instagram: @romina_writes

A person holding a phone and mic

Nathan Parker

Nathan Parker working-class grit and Northern wit. A spoken artist from Blackpool, his work channels lived experience of life as a northerner. Champions for men’s mental health and the working class.

Instagram: @parkerword 

A person speaking into a mic

Rory Aaron

Rory is a published writer, director and performance artist from Derby, with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. In 2020, whilst on the BBC New Creatives development programme, he published his first poetry collection with Bearded Badger publishers and was nominated for the Apples and Snakes Jerwood fellowship award. He recently directed his first show, ‘The House Is On Fire,’ with Contact, and Derby Theatre has commissioned him to develop his long narrative poem ‘This Town’ into a show for spring 2023. He has recently been awarded The Big Imaginations fund from Z-Arts and will have his first collection of short stories published at the end of the year. 

He is currently being funded by the Arts Council for his second collection of poetry Notes on Growing Up.

Instagram: @RORY.AARON

A person speaking into a mic to an audience

Simone 

The founder and resident Natterbox of Long Story Short. An open mic storytelling event to celebrate the talented and everyday people through immersive storytelling. It was born out of a passion to give you the platform to find your voice. Share true stories and most importantly your narrative through a theme that connects us all. Without communication, we can’t relate, connect, empathise, influence and empower others to speak up. Expect an honest, unpretentious evening of exchange. 

Instagram: @longstoryshortmcr

A person smiling into a pic, holding a book with a blue screen behind them.

Sonya Carassik Ratty 

Sonya Carassik Ratty is a writer and editor living in Manchester. Her work includes poetry, image/text collaboration and fiction. 2022 sees the publication of ‘A Stranger in my Mother’s Kitchen’ (Dewey Lewis), a meditation on grief by photographer Celine Marchbank with text editing by Sonya.

Instagram: @sonya_carra

A black and white photo of someone smiling, with a black turtle neck and black hair.

Jordan Skelly

Jordan is a poet, writer, theatre-maker and performer from Manchester who has worked with contact theatre, MIF and Royal Exchange. Poetry forms the core of their practice, using lyrical language and lilting rhyme schemes to explore the beauty and horror of the world around us. They draw on their working-class experience to dissect injustices and issues that are pertinent to changes we need to see. Being a bisexual Gemini, they love to play within the binary and fight against it. They perform over music to add a new depth to their work and to shake people’s perception for what poetry can be.

Instagram: @Poetic__Fallacy

Georgie Brooke

Georgie writes poetry about the overlaps between identity, self-growth and queerness. They completed their BA in English at the University of Bristol, before completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. They are the founder of Chatback Poetry, a series of poetry workshops and zines investigating how young people can be encouraged to develop their self-expression through poetry funded by The Arts for Recovery Centre. They has been published in a number of anthologies including Mancanthology, Disobedient magazine and I, Enheduanna. They are interested in permeating the static spaces between music and spoken word poetry to make a new way to communicate, and reviews for The Quietus, Clash Magazine and Metal magazine.

Instagram: spenglerr_

Gabby Colvin

Gabby Colvin is a Manchester-based writer, director, and performance artist. She has recently graduated from the University of Manchester and cut her teeth on the performance poetry scene through local arts night, Address-it. Aiming to bring laughter as well as insight, Gabby enjoys speaking through the voices of different characters as well as utilising her own through her writing.

About the MLF Young Producers Collective

Manchester Literature Festival’s new Young Producers Collective have launched with their trailblazing event titled, FLUX. Using storytelling as a tool to collaborate in imagining the future they’d like to see, these young producers will provide opportunities for upcoming artists to have an equal platform alongside established voices. MLF’s Young Producer’s Programme provides 16-25-year-olds the opportunity to curate and deliver an event for MLF. Young Producers are given a budget, support and guidance to help bring their event ideas to life. In previous years, MLF have welcomed engaging and inspiring writers, musicians, artists, illustrators, poets and activists into the Programme, including Inua Ellams, Neil Gaiman, Danez Smith, Nikesh Shukla, Kae Tempest, Guy Garvey, Ocean Vuong and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), Angela Davis, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Patrisse Khan-Cullors (Black Lives Matter co-founder) and Slay in Your Lane.

About Manchester Literature Festival

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. www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

  • Price
    £10 Full Price | £8 Under 35 | £5 Concession
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA

  • Ages
    14+
  • Running
    80 minutes plus 20 minute interval
  • Booking info

    This event will be BSL interpreted.

    This event will be filmed for promotional footage to be used by Contact and Manchester Literature Festival on their website and social media.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Saturday 2 April 7:30pm
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