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Presented by Manchester Literature Festival

With Jackie Kay, Malika Booker, Kayo Chingonyi, Jason Allen-Paisant, Rommi Smith & Keisha Thompson

In 1998, Lemn Sissay curated the seminal anthology, The Fire People, a showcase of the new generation of Black British poets in print, together, for the first time. In 2022, Kayo Chingonyi has brought together the current generation in More Fiya, another outstanding collection.

‘In these pages you’ll find chimerical re-makings of the Caribbean, the wisdom of diasporic philosophy, the cold and rain of Blighty, the sky viewed from the African continent, and the rhythms of language shifting before your eyes and in your ears.’ 

Joining us for this exciting night of live performance will be Jackie Kay, former Makar of Scotland and author of numerous works including Other Lovers, Life Mask, Fiere and Red Dust Road; Malika Booker, founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and author of Pepper Seed, shortlisted for the OCM Bocas Poetry Prize; Jason Allen-Paisant, author of Thinking with Trees, winner of this year’s OCM Bocas Poetry Prize; Rommi Smith, threetime BBC writer-in-residence and winner of a Northern Writers’ Prize, and Keisha Thompson, creator of award-winning solo show Man on the Moon, and mini-albums Ephemera and Moonwhile. Hosted by Kayo Chingonyi, author of A Blood Condition and Kumukanda, which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award.  

Presented in partnership with Canongate and Manchester Poetry Library.


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
    Tickets £15 / Under 35s £12
  • 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.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Saturday 22 October 7:00pm
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