Venue: The Poetry Stage.

Mike Garry’s poetry is regularly heard on BBC Radio, Match of the Day and Sky TV. His work with Manchester United has elevated Mike’s poetry to an international audience.

Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet. His poetry career began when he started to read poems to the hundreds of young people he worked with during homework study sessions in Manchester libraries. They encouraged him to perform at live poetry events and Slams, which he did, instantly winning prizes throughout the UK.

Passionate about bringing live poetry to places it wouldn’t normally reach, he soon started performing his poems in Prisons, Young Offenders units, Mental Health Hospitals, Children’s Homes and local pubs.  He was Poet in Residence at Strangeways Prison, and has worked closely with Manchester United, the BBC, The Barclays Premier league, and Manchester Art Gallery.

Mike has toured with John Cooper Clarke for 6 years performing in over 500 venues, and has collaborated with the likes of New Order, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Philip Glass.

Mikes four books – Men’s Morning, Mancunian Meander, God is a Manc and Men’s Mourning have become schemes of work in hundreds of British schools, received wide critical acclaim and are regularly read on TV and Radio.