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Scott Devon, the man who brought you the poets Frank Messina and George Wallace live from New York via Skype, David Amram in Manchester, and the International Beat Poetry festival, has teamed up with MancMade and 53two to create ‘When Words Collide’, an exciting, fast-paced and eclectic spoken word night which aims to bring some of the best performance poets in the country to 53two.





We start with Canadian poet Rose Condo, and Manchester poetry legend Thick Richard.



Open mic slots also available. Please email Scott for more info.



Rose Condo’s spoken word show ‘How To Starve An Artist’ premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, was runner up for Best Spoken Word Show in the 2017 Saboteur Awards, and was listed in UMFM's top ten shows at the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe.  Rose has supported spoken word legends like Shane Koyzcan and Hollie McNish. Her slam wins include Manchester's Word War One, Newcastle's SLAMalgamate, the Axis Slam in Crewe, and the Say Owt Clash of Champions in York. She has also competed in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, and the Hammer & Tongue National Slam at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


Thick Richard has been pedalling his potty-mouthed poems at festivals and clubs up and down the land for the last 16 years. His cynical, lyrical, jet-black humour, intelligent wordplay, well-crafted verse, and occasionally acerbic, well-targeted comic attacks have earned him much respect from artists and audiences from Edinburgh to Glastonbury. Occasional support for Kate Tempest, Thick Richard was also presenter of BBC 6 Music’s Beat of the Day. A regular headliner of Hammer and Tongue nationwide poetry tours and is usually to be found performing a wide variety of live music and cabaret venues.