Verbose Info

Host of popular live literature night Verbose takes a bow

After two-and-a-half years of running standing-room-only monthly live literature night Verbose, host Sarah-Clare Conlon is making the next outing her last.

Hailed by the media as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester, Verbose’s headliners are always linked – this time we’re celebrating the annual National Flash-Fiction Day by welcoming leading proponents of the short-short story to the stage at Fallow Café in Fallowfield, Manchester, on Monday 26 June.

Compère Sarah-Clare, herself a champion of the form, will also read. Of stepping down from organising and hosting the event, which she has done since January 2015, she says: “I’ve loved every minute of running the night and have met some amazing people by doing so, but it felt the right time to hang up my Verbose boots.”

The three headliners this month are: Benjamin Judge, one of the founding members of the Flashtag writing collective; Tania Hershman, whose third collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, came out last month, and Neil Campbell, who will be reading from his new collection of stories of fewer than 1,000 words, Fog Lane.

Since its relaunch in January 2015, Verbose has welcomed many luminaries of the literature scene, including poets Richard Barrett, Anne Caldwell, Michael Conley and Rosie Garland, and prose writers Jenn Ashworth, Stephen May, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth. Man Booker Prize-listed authors Ian McGuire and Alison Moore have been guests, and narrative non-fiction has also found its place. February marked the launch of David Gaffney’s new novel All The Places I’ve Ever Lived, with March welcoming Beth Underdown to read from her critically acclaimed book The Witchfinders’ Sister, and May hearing from Sarah Tierney’s debut, Making Space.

Taking place at Fallow Café (2a Landcross Road, M14 6NA), entry is free and doors are at 7.30pm. See Verbose also includes an open mic line-up – potential performers should email via for a slot.


The Garsdale Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat is now up and running! We are delighted with the enthusiastic testimonials received ahead of our official opening by Willy Russell on 29th June.

‘Far beyond my hopes and expectations…..stunning food, wonderful walks and encouragement for writing – all in abundance.’ (Eleanor);

‘The Garsdale Retreat lives true to Keats – I believe in nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination – thank you for a wonderful week.’(Judith);

‘What a privilege to be a part of your first week! Nutritious food for body and soul.’ (Fiona).

The further good news is that we have places on inspiring courses to come, tutored by our outstanding team of writers. Also half price offers for the remaining places on both Jane Draycott and Pete Mullineaux’s courses, see below:


19 – 24 June:  Jane Draycott (guest, Kim Moore): Don’t Stop Now!  Taking Your Poetry Further Half price offer – please call 01539 234184 to book.

3 – 8 July: Pete Mullineaux/Moya Roddy: From Inspiration to Craft: The Making and Shaping of a Poem (optional daily Meditation included)Half price offer – please call 01539 234184 

24 – 29 July: Paul Henry (guest, Philip Lyons):  Writing Poetry

7 – 12 Aug: Rhian Edwards (guest, Fleur Adcock): Character Portraits – Escaping the Ego

21 – 26 Aug: Helen Moore (Polly Atkin):  Writing the Land: Crafting Poems from Inspired Communion

18 – 23 Sept: Simon Williams/Susan Taylor: Poetry: The Joy of Making.

2 – 7 Oct:  Hamish Wilson (guest, Kate Fox): It’s Not Just About Daffodils – Poetry for Beginners

Performance Poetry:

4 – 9 September:  Ben Mellor (guest, Ian McMillan): Re: Discovering Your Voice

Musical theatre:

11 – 16 September: Natasha Sutton-Williams (resident pianist, Phil Blandford): Musical Theatre

Novel Writing Tutored Retreat

17 – 22 July:  Hannah Vincent (guest, Umi Sinha): Writers Write – Novel Writing

Autumn Retreat (Untutored)

16 -21 October

For further information please go to our website –


The Manchester Writing Competition

The Manchester Writing Competition: Poetry and Fiction Prizes 2017

First Prize: £10,000*

Poetry Judges: Mona Arshi, Pascale Petit, Adam O’Riordan

Fiction Judges: Bonnie Greer, Angela Readman, Nicholas Royle

Deadline for entries: Friday 29th September 2017

Enter the 2017 Manchester Writing Competition. The Manchester Poetry Prize will award £10,000 to the writer of the best portfolio of three to five poems submitted and the Manchester Fiction Prize £10,000 to the writer of the best short story of up to 2,500 words in length. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit). Deadline: 29th September. Entry fee: £17.50. For full details, to enter, and to read last year’s

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008. Organised by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, it is designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and establish the city as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £135,000 to writers.

Wordsworth Trust Prize

The Poetry Business invites​ ​r​eaders to vote for a first, second and third prize winner in the Wordsworth Trust Prize.​  ​

First Prize: £1,000​;
Second Prize: £300; ​
Third Prize: £20​0 plus a​ reading at the Wordsworth Trust and publication in The North magazine.

Follow this link to our website where you can read the 14 shortlisted poems chosen from entries to the International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Mimi Khalvati and Ian Duhig via a digital pamphlet.The winners will be announced at the International Book & Pamphlet Competition winners launch Reading at The Wordsworth Trust on Saturday 1st July.

You can vote for your chosen first, second and third prize winner via the voting panel below the digital pamphlet.

All voters will be entered into a draw to win one of four sets of winning pamphlets by Josephine Abbott, Katy Evans-Bush, Ruth McIlroy and Lesley Saunders.

You are warmly invited the Book & Pamphlet Competition Launch Reading and Wordsworth Trust Prize Winner announcement at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere at 2pm on Saturday July 1st. Visit the Wordsworth Trust website for more details.

Beehive Poets – A3 Review

Dear Beehive Poets Bradford,

We’d like to introduce your group to a new literary magazine, The A3 Review, and would like to encourage you to submit to our monthly writing contests.

The A3 – welcomes short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

Our upcoming themes include Dates and Dating, Silver Things, and an Open-Themed contest. Please visit our Submittable page here for more suggestions and inspiration, and do follow us on Twitter and Instagram, too. You can read pieces on our Instagram account from some of our back issues.

The stories and poems in our latest issue, Issue 6, take us from Sicily to Los Angeles via the Outer Hebrides. Oranges, fire, Lenin, kittiwakes and Dali’s Crucifixion are just some of the people and things glimpsed along the way.

The next deadline is the 24th of June. Please do spread the word amongst your members. And if you’d rather not hear from us again, please unsubscribe. We don’t want to spam anyone.

All the best,

Shaun Levin and KM Elkes
Editors, The A3 Review


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