Young Identity: One Mic Stand

Young Identity Presents:
One Mic Stand

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After seven hugely successful shows, One Mic Stand is BACK again!

For those who aren’t familiar with the format, One Mic Stand is a boisterous night of poetry, music and visual art.

The night is centred around a Poetry SLAM, in which 10 poets are given only 3 minutes each to wow the audience with their lyrical mastery and charismatic delivery to battle it out to gain the top spot and with the grand prize of £50!!

In the past we’ve had guest acts such as: Jenna G, JP Cooper, Ione Mai, Ape Cult, Voodoo Black, Mothership Connection and Deepo just to name a few;

THIS MONTH our special guest performers are the amazing beatboxer turned vocal sculptor JASON SINGH as well as DYSLEXIS and METRODOME as Project APEX launching their highly anticipated debut vinyl EP, performing a never seen before live set with the 8 Gold Rings band.

In addition, this month our house band is none other than the notoriously prodigious 8 GOLD RINGS!

If you don’t know who any of these people are, GET TO KNOW and if you still don’t know, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Feel free to invite all your friends and family, no matter what age!

Come write on our tables, share stories, have a drink with us and witness the pure talent of Mancunia!


There are 10 slots for the SLAM and anyone can enter!

Email for a chance to take part.

The event starts at 7pm and is at Contact.

BOOK NOW – 0161 274 0600


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Frankenscience of Poetry

It’s Alive! Frankenscience of Poetry event part of Manchester Science Festival 2014
Working with film-maker Hafsah Naib, poets Sarah Hymas and Helen Clare, young people have engineered their own weird and wonderful science-inspired ‘filmpoems’.

We screened these haunting, hybrid new works, alongside scintillating spoken word by the renowned Young Identity poets with a talk by Professor Jane Gregory from Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and technology (University of Manchester) and scientific poetry from the participants and Helen Clare!

Funding for The Frankenscience of Poetry has been provided by the Clore Duffield Foundation through its Clore Poetry and Literature Awards.

View the film poems created by the participants



1st of November 2pm – 3.30pm Manchester Central Library

Launch of Cheryl Martin’s ‘Alaska’

Come along to the official launch of Cheryl Martins debut collection  entitled ‘Alaska’ with support  from Young Enigma


The Question is: What makes us?

Cheryl Martins brings us her debut collection, with a candour as provocative in its honesty as it is poignant in its compassion, takles this question head on.


The official launch commences on Tuesday the 22nd July from 7.00pm at the 3 minute Theatre (3MT) Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JG


Book launch for Basir Kazmi’s “Passing Through”

Basir Kazmi launched his bilingual book of poetry, ‘Passing Through’ – Hum Waha bhi Rahain. This Launch was part of the British Diasporic Literature in English and Vernaculars Conference, held at Manchester Central Library.

“Basir Sultan Kazmi’s poetry is distinguished by its craftsmanship, elegance and lyrical imagery. It is a poetry that is rooted in the richness of Urdu literary tradition, but also looks outwards to world literature. Many Urdu readers, already familiar with his work, will be delighted to see a collection that combines Basir’s ghazals with his nazms. For English readers, Passing Through illuminates the range of poetry penned by one of the finest contemporary poets in Urdu.” — Dr Debjani Chatterjee MBE

Basir Sultan Kazmi MBE
Born in Pakistan in 1953, Basir Sultan Kazmi is a poet in the ghazal tradition of his illustrious father, the late Nasir Kazmi. Basir taught English at the Government College Lahore where he also edited the literary magazine, Ravi. He undertook two Masters Degrees at Manchester University and was the news editor and reader for the BBC’s Asian Programme1990-91.
Basir has read widely in Britain, Pakistan, India, Middle East, Europe and USA. His Urdu poetry collections include, Mauj-e-Khayaal (1997, Maktaba-e-Khayal) and Chaman Koi Bhi Ho (2008, Classic), a play, Bisaat (1987, Maktaba-e-Khayal) and Bisaat’s translation, The Chess Board (1997, Penine Pens). English translations of Basir’s poems have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. Basir has also written extensively on the life and poetry of his father.
In 1992, Basir won a North West Playwrights Workshops Award. His plays have appeared at such venues as Greater Manchester’s Contact Theatre, Green Room, Octagon Bolton and Oldham Colesium and Liverpool’s Unity Theatre.
His poem, ‘Taking Time’, selected by the Poems for the Waiting Room project (2001), was displayed in UK hospitals and clinics. One of his couplets, with English translation (The true-hearted can settle – no matter which land. A flower wants to bloom, wherever its garden), was carved in stone and installed at McKenzie Square Slough, UK in 2008. Basir was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List 2013 for Services to Literature as a Poet.



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