The Manchester Children’s Book Festival is a year-round programme of events, projects & activities for children, young adults and adults.

Share a Poem with Dominic Berry & Chrissie Gittins

Saturday 4th July 2015

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry
Stars in Jars
Let in the Stars

Event details

Poetry is for sharing, so we’ve invited poets Dominic Berry and Chrissie Gittins to perform and host a children’s poetry open mic event at Manchester Central Library. Poets of all ages are invited to bring along their poems and join the party.  If you want to try out your own poetry for children, or read your favourite poem for a child, come along and join in on the day or, to secure your place on the programme, email with "Open Mic" in the subject line to book a slot. Please note: reading opportunities are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dominic Berry is an internationally award winning performance poet. His awards include winning New York’s infamous Nuyorican Poetry Café Slam, winning Manchester Literature Festival’s Superheroes of Slam and, as of January 2015, five Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards to tour his theatrical verse (including Z-arts/Big Imaginations co-produced The Dragon Who Hates Poetry directed by Gerry Potter, and Action Transport Theatre/Big Imaginations co-produced When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish directed by Kevin Dyer). 

Chrissie Gittins' three poetry collections for children were named Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf; Now You See Me, Now You… and I Don’t Want an Avocado for an Uncle were also shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award. Her third children’s collection is The Humpback’s Wail. In 2014 Bloomsbury published her new and collected children’s poems Stars in Jars. Chrissie has made an hour’s recording for the Poetry Archive. She also writes poetry for adults, short stories and radio drama.

This event is part of the "Let in the Stars of Children's Poetry" campaign. For further details, access to resources, and information about how to get involved, click here. This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Saturday 4th July 2015
Manchester Central Library
Start time:
1:00 PM
For ages:
All ages