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Verbose’s Relaunch

Fallow Café’s Verbose was my regular spoken word night in 2014 and I was gutted to see it go on hiatus in June. Fortunately, under Sarah-Clare Conlon’s new supervision, Verbose is back and bigger than ever! Whilst I have fond memories of 2014’s Verbose and how Helen Isserlis ran it, it would be misleading to say that this new iteration of the night continues in the same vein as before. Verbose is reincarnated in Conlon’s hands with monthly headliners guaranteed and a huge variety of open mic acts as well as publications from some of Manchester’s newest authors. For January’s Verbose, we were treated to performances from Conlon herself and the publishing collective, Inklings. These performers are well-established Manchester acts with several publications between them. This proved to be a good thing as I was drawn in by their performances and ended up leaving the night with two new collections to check out! The key standouts from Inklings, for me, were David Gaffney (via video as he could not make it) and Sian Cummins who presented new interpretations of what it means to write and be a writer. I was shocked and ecstatic to see just how many people turned up to this event! This was all thanks to Conlon’s advertising of the night, drawing in a huge crowd with people standing on the stairs just so they could listen. It was a success in all senses. However, it would have been nothing if not for the open mic-ers. I often think that it is the open mic slots that make, or break, a night because you see a range of artists from first-timers to professionals and seeing different styles filter through their writing is inspirational. It is in the open mic that you see people practice new material and if you are lucky you’ll see people have realisations and perform a piece in an entirely different way. I know Verbose has done that for me in the past. What Verbose focuses on is the variety of writing and spoken word: from prose to poetry to improv, you can find anything you can imagine at this night. My favourite performance of the night was done by an adorable open mic-er who offered us a piece about Bic pens and sexism (it has to be seen for full impact) to huge rounds of applause. Another stand-out performer was Andrew Georgeson, a hilarious act who discussed his conversation with a moth ending with roars of laughter. He is an act I am eager to see more of and, if this performance was anything to go by, anyone who has the opportunity to see Georgeson in his element would be foolish not to take it up. Doors open at 7.30pm for Verbose, every final Monday of the month, and I would recommend getting there early if only to get a seat. Although, you should treat yourself to some of Fallow’s delicious food (even if it is a bit pricey) and their amazing drinks and cocktails whilst you are waiting! The next event is Monday 23 February where Curious Tales will bring their exciting entries to the Manchester literature scene. It is going to be a fantastic night for sure and I look forward to seeing just as many people as last time in February. Treat yourself during this month of love and hear some heartbroken poets lament, it’ll be a highlight of your month for sure. Alex Webb

February’s Verbose – attend on Facebook

Check out the new Verbose website here for updates and news

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13th February 2014: Get down to the M20 Love-In at the Brewers Arms!

January has been a great month for the arts world in general, and M20 Collective in particular. The 2014 Oscar nominations look set to reveal a first time majority-minority category in Best Director (Steve McQueen [12 Years A Slave], Alfonso Cuaron [Gravity] and Lee Daniels [The Butler]), Big Boi and Andre 3000 are back in cahoots, and someone has found a good use for drones. On a more local level, our room at Pangaea: Lost City went absolutely off (check some of the pics on our Facebook page), there’s a new club venue in Manchester, and exams are over (for now at least). Hooray! Thanks to everyone for making it a swell start to the new year 🙂

And now it’s already the 1st day of a new month.

The 1st of February can only mean one thing – 13 days till the 14th February. Valentine’s Day is definitely the Marmite of all bizarre national celebration days: you either love it or hate it. But whether you’re planning on spending the international day of luuurve and overpriced stuffed animals in the warm arms of another human – or with an Emmerdale omnibus – make sure you come on down to the Brewer’s Arms on the 13th of February for M20 Collective’s pre-Valentine’s folk fiesta!

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Ah; fat, naked kids. The international symbol of love.