Paying Attention!

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First streamed on Wednesday 29 April at 7.30pm BST on our YouTube channel


Inspired by our Festival in My House series, we invited Manchester artists to create their own micro-international festivals at home, then stream them for us during the lockdown, live and for free. For this instalment, we brought you a miniature literature festival created especially for the times in which we’re living…

Paying Attention! brought together six of the best queer writers in Manchester, working across all forms from poetry to performance and from fiction to theatre. Teaming up in pairs across the course of the evening, poets Frankie Blaus and Roma Havers, writer-performers Mandla Rae and Ella Otomewo, and novelists Okechukwu Nzelu and Rosie Garland read from their work, discussing their practice, reflecting, reminiscing and attempting to answer a vital question: ‘Now that you have our attention, how would you like to be read?’ Re-watch and hear from some of the city’s most exciting writers at this one-off lockdown lit-fest with a difference.

Supported by Manchester International Festival.

Contains strong language and references to trauma and violence. Viewer discretion advised. All parts of this broadcast will have closed captioning available on YouTube – you will be able to turn these on for yourself in Settings.
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