A night of storytelling, spoken word and performance written and performed by women. Our mission is to champion and celebrate writing by women, and to provide a platform to the writers and performers we love.
Our Halloween spooktacular line-up includes...
Worker Bees (@WorkerBeesMcr) is a Manchester-based women writers collective who met taking part in Write Like a Grrrl. Some of the bees will be giving their debut performances at our Halloween event, and we can't wait.
Jasmine (@jazzchatfield) is a Manchester-based poet, writer and performer who co-hosts live lit cabaret night FLIM NITE and makes zines, hosts spoken word nights and writes poems with the Stirred Feminist Collective. With Lenni Sanders they form poetry duo Dead Lads, who write and perform theatre and spoken word together.
Amy Whitell (@Amy_Whitell) is a performance poet and writer who has been writing for many years, but has only recently felt the need to get up on stage and make a prat out of herself. She has recently stepped out onto the lit scene in Manchester, performing open mic at Bad Language, Evidently, competing in Word War 3's slam competition, and having work performed at Manchester ADP.
Elise Hadgraft is a Mancunian mother by day and self-appointed 'punk rock poet' by night. She studied in Edininburgh where she got an MA in Nothing Worth Mentioning and started writing poetry to impress boys. Having spent the past five years on the literary naughty step, she's finally been allowed back out to terrorise the neighbourhood just in time for Halloween.
Hannah Kate (@HannahKateIsh) is a Manchester-based writer of poetry and urban fantasy. Hannah has worked as a tutor of English, Creative Writing and Popular Culture, and as a Creative Writing mentor and fiction editor. She is half of Hic Dragones, a creative writing and literature organization and publisher of dark fiction, and is the editor of numerous anthologies including Hauntings, Impossible Spaces and Wolf Girls.
An eclectic writer and performer, Rosie Garland (@rosieauthor) has published five solo collections of poetry, and her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized. She won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, was published in March 2013 by HarperCollins. Her second novel, Vixen, is available now.
We're coordinating this event in partnership with our pals at Aspidistra Books, who'll be bringing along a selection of brilliant books by the best women and LGBT writers around for you to browse and buy. All genders are welcome to attend, and we'd love to see you in your Halloween costumes, though you're of course welcome to come as you are too. There'll be free facepainting on the night to help you get you ghouloriously glam!