MIF 2019 supporting local rising poets via ‘Re-writing Longsight’

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is providing opportunities for local people to develop careers in the arts. The festival of original work and special events is staged every two years in the city.

One of the region’s fastest rising poetry stars Isaiah Hull will be taking up residency in Longsight this spring/summer as part of a new project called ‘Re-writing Longsight’ produced by Manchester Literature Festival, a co-commission with Manchester City Council Libraries.

Isaiah will be working alongside the project’s first writer in resident, Hafsah Aneela Bashir.

Isaiah will involve local residents in the creation of specially commissioned poetry capturing the vibrancy and complexities of urban life.

Longsight Library will help host his residency as part of its Creative Spaces initiative, which celebrates Manchester Libraries as places to enjoy arts and culture.

Isaiah’s and Hafsah’s newly commissioned work will be premiered at Longsight Library as part of Manchester Literature Festival in October 2019.

Isaiah Hull’s debut collection Nosebleeds, a witty and acerbic exploration of urban life, was recently published by Wrecking Ball Press and his first EP BeforeBleeds was launched last summer. A member of Young Identity, Isaiah is a commanding presence on stage.

He appeared in front of thousands at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend 2016, brought his idiosyncratic take on modern life to TedX Manchester, and hosted Longsight Library’s ‘This Vibrant Thing’ festival in 2018.

Isaiah will be in residence at Longsight Library on Tuesdays 21st and 28th May and Tuesday 4th June, from 4pm till 8pm, and would love for local people to drop in for a conversation with him.

He’s interested in finding out more about the history of Longsight and people’s stories about migration to the area. Isaiah is particularly keen to speak to young people about their experiences of living in the area.

Re-Writing Longsight is supported by Arts Council England Project Grant awarding funds from the National Lottery and Manchester Central Library Development Trust and Manchester City Council.

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Manchester City Council

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