Open Mic

Meet Authors, Poets and Illustrators

Next Open Mic

Thursday 7th March

Guest Performer Tony Curry

Tony Curry is a performance poet, playwright, workshop facilitator, soundsmith and enabler. Raised in Crawley by English and South African parents, he has lived and worked in Manchester for three decades. He has delivered creative writing projects in the community exploring health and mental health. As well as creative projects in schools, museums and art galleries. Tony’s solo spoken word shows include ‘Brit Boy’, ‘Complicit Relations’, ‘Moving’ and ‘The Odyssey’, performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. His play, ‘The Teddy Bear’, was staged at Manchester’s Contact Theatre and his work has been exhibited at the city’s art gallery and museum.

Since 2016, Tony has been the host of Word Central, the monthly open mic and spoken word event at Manchester Central Library coordinated by Flapjack Press and Manchester Libraries. He is also the host and promoter of the monthly spoken word and acoustic music night ‘Rhyme Time’ at the Carlton Club, Manchester.

In 2024 Tony will tour his one man show, ‘Tall Tales for All Men’. With the aims of improving men’s health, reducing the risk of male suicide and developing writing skills. In the show Tony shares stories about his Dad, his elder brother and himself. Through the use of performance poetry, storytelling and music. He has had three collections published through Flapjack Press: ‘The Noble Savage’, ‘Tall Tales for Tall Men Who Fall Well Short’ and ‘We Kid Ourselves’.

The poet Genevieve L. Walsh said about Tony Curry’s poems, ‘ These are poems that shouldn’t just be read. These are poems to be belted out, or chanted in unison with our loved ones at protests, or spray- painted on t-shirts for gigs. Read these so loudly you offend the neighbours.’
And ‘Tony’s words dance off the page and into your bloodstream, leaving you pulsing with anger, humanity and love.’ Charlotte Oliver, writer .

‘He is the minstrel whose strumming voice consoles and illuminates us.’ Neil Bell, actor
‘This is our poetry, these are our poems. They smell of home and friendship.’ Tony Walsh, poet


Encouraging local writers, poets and storytellers to share their work on an open platform

Glossop Bookfest hosts monthly Open Mic events. Our aim is to attract, encourage and promote local writers such as poets and storytellers to share their work on an open platform. We understand that for many writers this can be a daunting challenge, but they needn’t worry as the audience and fellow performers are an appreciative and welcoming group who will support their efforts.
Contact organiser/host Andy at

First Thursday every month
7.30-9.30 p.m
at Glossop Labour Club
(accessible, friendly, cheap drinks!)
Contact organiser/host Andy at