The New Libertines at Afflecks

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We are coming to Manchester, and we’re going to be at the fabulous Three Minute Theatre at the legendary Afflecks (for addresses and so on see here) on January 23rd at 8pm. (Poster image courtesy of Veronika von Volkova)

Our amazing performers (including those signed up for open mic)

Paul Askew

Paul Askew is a poet. He has been a Hammer and Tongue slam finalist multiple times and his unique performance style has earned him a reputation throughout Oxford and beyond.

Elizabeth Baines

Elizabeth Baines is a playwright, Short story writer, novelist, incisive blogger, and all-around literary polymath.

Sarah-Clare Conlon

Sarah-Clare Conlon is a Manchester-based editor and writer, and her short short stories have been published by The Pygmy Giant, Spilt Milk, Rainy City Stories, Spilling Ink Review, Duality, 330 Words, Other Magazine, Bad Language and Roy Keane’s Lucky Scarf. She is the editor of flash fiction anthology FlashMob and smut collection Quickies: Short Stories For Adults, and she proofreads for a number of authors. She organises literary events and works for Manchester Literature Festival, and she writes about the arts on her award-winning blog Words & Fixtures. She likes to match her coffee cups to her lipstick.

Rachel Genn

Rachel Genn is the author of the really rather fabulous The Cure.

Dan Holloway

That’s me. My personal website is here. I will almost certainly be performing this poem (YouTube link).

Laura Jarratt

Laura Jarratt is the author of SKIN DEEP, on release March 2012, for those who prefer YA fang-free.

Sian S Rathore

Sian S. Rathore is a poet, critic and student living in Manchester. Over the past six months she has gone from having her first ever poetry gig to being published in several publications including Stride, Cake and Bad Language.
Sian is an experimental writer interested in playing with poetic tradition, and is a growing name in the Flarf and Conceptual Writing circles. She also co-runs Beau Brummell Press.

Claire Robertson

Claire works across artforms including poetry, theatre scripts, bookbinding, performance art/films, letterpress printing and calligraphy.

She explores language and lettering using multisensory poetics. Projects and research alternate between publishing poetic pieces, and performance- orientated, often synaesthetically driven, writing projects.

Her books are a combination of tactile, traditional hand-bound, often letterpressed form, with visual and typographic, performative textualities.

Drawing together her work and that of her collaborators, Claire will be launching the site Bluelead Projects ( in early Spring 2012, where her films and books will be available for the first time, including her 12 year solo project The Rage of Coming of Age.

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart is the author uthor of King Crow, for which he won the 2011 Not the Booker Prize

2 Responses to The New Libertines at Afflecks

  1. Christian says:

    Hi Dan,

    I was there last night, and just wanted to say what a great event it was. I was really impressed by all the readers – even the open-mic contenders were great. It just seemed a really diverse group of writers that somehow fitted together perfectly. I’ll be keeping my eye on the Eightcuts website for more northern events.


  2. danholloway says:

    Hi Christian,
    thank you so much! It was a fabulous night – one of those things where everything seemed to work out from the fabulous venue to the lovely readers and a really warm audience. We always try to have a really diverse group of styles but everyone who reads for us tends to fit our broad brief of writing about people and situations and things that take life in all its many-sided wonder and weirdness.
    very best

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