Review: Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements

Article published: Monday, October 14th 2013

The launch of ‘Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements’ by the author Anandi Ramamurthy provided a candid insight into the important role that Asian Youth Movements (AYMs) played in the ongoing negotiation of concepts regarding race and the treatment of ethnic minority groups which still impact upon the way race is perceived in the UK today.

Bad Language literature event: Deadline for submissions

Article published: Friday, August 10th 2012

Today is the final day for submissions to be in with a chance of performing at the Bad Language literature event scheduled to take place at Manchester Museum on 22 August.

Preview: The Imploding Inevitable Festival

Article published: Thursday, June 28th 2012

Even some of the largest of the UK’s annual music festivals have decided to sidestep this year’s sporting attractions by taking a year off, but The Imploding Inevitable Festival will embark on its third year this weekend, bringing together some of the North West’s finest musicians and poets. Director and curator Baz Wilkinson describes previous years and what to expect this year.

Interview: Chorlton Arts Festival 2012

Article published: Thursday, May 24th 2012

As Chorlton Arts Festival enters its second week there’s plenty to see, as the festival director Philip Hannaway tells Ian Pennington.

Chorlton Arts Festival and Flash Tag call for submissions

Article published: Tuesday, March 27th 2012

The organisers of Chorlton Arts Festival are preparing for its twelfth year in 2012. Ian Pennington looks forward to a few of the early announcements.

Poetry review: Michael Schmidt and Chris McCully

Article published: Wednesday, December 21st 2011

Amid the Gothic splendour of the reading room in the John Rylands Library, poets Chris McCully and Michael Schmidt gave free readings of work spanning the range of their careers and mapping out their lives as, to quote Schmidt, “rootless cosmopolitans”.

Book review: Counterpower – making change happen

Article published: Monday, December 19th 2011

From the Arab uprisings to Occupy, 2011 has been a year of global unrest. Activist Tim Gee’s book Counterpower: making change happen was written to review the past history of these struggles against oppression with an eye to uncovering the secrets of their success, or lack of it.