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Mexborough Business Centre
Saturday 8 September
2pm – 4pm
Tickets: £5. A limited number of weekender tickets are also available at £15 (includes Friday & Saturday night performances and one workshop). To reserve your place, please book through our TicketTailor event page.
Mike Garry leads a workshop on Saturday afternoon before his headline slot in the evening!
Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a full time poet. His gritty poetry has won admiration far and wide and his collaboration with New Order at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2014 received five star reviews. Championed by Philip Glass, with whom Mike has worked since 2014 playing live shows in U.S.A. and Europe.
His Ode To St. Anthony, a poem dedicated to the Factory Records boss Tony Wilson and put to classical music by the composer Joe Duddell, went to Number 1 in 3 Official UK charts in August 2015.
Mike has worked in thousands of schools and his books have become schemes of work in schools throughout the UK. He has toured with John Cooper Clarke since 2011, opening shows for him in UK, Ireland and U.S.A, with John describing Mike as “Me Compadre”. He has read his poems in prisons, young offenders institutes, mental health hospitals, children’s homes, youth clubs and local pubs. He’s passionate about bringing live poetry to places it wouldn’t normally reach, and to people who wouldn’t normally listen to it.
His performances are passionate swirling rhythms of thoughts and emotions converted to monologues of quickfire words. Mike is regularly asked to support bands like I am Kloot, Badly Drawn Boy and The Fall as his poetry carries a unique musicality unheard before lending itself perfectly to a musical environment. His poetry is regularly heard on BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, BBC Breakfast, Match of the Day, Sky TV and his work with Manchester United & Nike has elevated Mike’s poetry to an international audience.
Mike is an Associate Fellow and Artist in Residence at the University of Westminster in London and is a Doctor of Education having been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Manchester Metropolitan University for his groundbreaking work with poetry in education.
I love Mike Garry’s poetry. It’s passionate, powerful and precise but most of all personal.
Mike Garry walks like a man, talks like a man and writes like a great northern poet. That’s northern as in centre of the universe and poet as in words that go beyond words. Read him and leap for joy.