Bad Language with Shirley May

Shirley May box

We are hugely excited to announce SHIRLEY MAY as our final headliner of 2018.

Shirley is the director of Young Identity writing collective, which does amazing work with teens and young adults. She has performed nationally and internationally, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York and the Calabash writing festival in Jamaica.

Her debut collection SHE WROTE HER OWN EULOGY (Wrecking Ball Press) is largely inspired by her family’s history and is a deeply emotional and often lyrical collection.

It might still be worth seeing if there are open mic spots available for this month: email Our open mic line-up will be announced soon.


More about the book (details here):

Shirley May’s She Wrote Her Own Eulogy takes the reader on a journey, the landscape of Kent and Manchester brought to vibrancy via Jamaica. It is a twisting road, the displaced lives making new communities on strange soil, the stories kept and told and shared. It is wisdom, it is memory, and it is future and hope.

“Blazing with emotion, challenging all the senses, this life-affirming collection demands to be read. Charting a journey from Jamaica, these beautifully crafted poems offer a fresh, detailed insight into the experience of migration.”
– Sue Roberts, BBC Producer

Wednesday 28 November 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Here’s the Facebook event.

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