Stirred: Billie Holiday

Stirred is spooning up 2015. We have only three performance nights left to this year, and we are really looking forward to the next one in tribute to singer, Billie Holiday, female star of the 50’s with a jazz vocal range that reverberates down to today’s music scene.

We have two workshops coming up, the first this month of August to break up the wait a bit for all those not gone off to Edinburgh, and so we get the chance to do some in depth exploration of our theme. Click through on event names to go to facebook event.

Stirred: summertime and the living is easy
Poetry Workshop at Chapter One Books
19 Lever Street, Northern Quarter, M1 1BY
5pm-7pm £1/2 Donation

Stirred: Good morning, heartache
Poetry Workshop at Kim by the Sea
49 Old Birley St, Hulme M15 5RF
5pm-7pm £1/2 Donation

The performance night is on Monday 28th September. Stirred: Billie Holiday. We have two fantastic guests confirmed!!!

Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin has worked as a poet, playwright and director. She’s written operas for the Buxton Opera Festival and the BBC Philharmonic. She’s also written over 25 productions for stage and BBC Radio 4, the World Service, and for African radio networks, and was an Artist-in-Residence for Manchester’s 2002 Commonwealth Games. A Manchester Evening News Theatre Award winner as both writer [musical Heart and Soul, Oldham Coliseum Theatre] and director [Iron by Rona Munro, Contact Theatre], she co-produced and directed an Edinburgh Fringe First winner for Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre [The World Is Too Much]. Director of Community Arts Northwest [CAN] shows ,Another Country [Z-Arts/Decibel] and Heart’s Core [Z-Arts], LISAPO, The Congolese Tales, and Rule 35, based on Yarls’ Wood detention centre. Her first solo collection of poetry, Alaska [Crocus Books], was published in 2014, and her one-woman stage show Alaska was in Contact’s Flying Solo Festival May 2-15 before travelling to London’s Albany theatre. And, for the Scottish referendum Autumn 2014, she directed award-winning playwright Alan Bissett’s Jock: Scotland on Trial, at Glasgow’s Tron Mayfesto and at London’s Finborough Theatre. Hear her beautiful voice and learn more here!

Debbie Walsh

Debbie Walsh studied Applied Psychology at Kent University and graduated from Salford University with a science degree in 2009. She received the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Scholarship in 2011; in the same year she graduated from Edge Hill University with a Master of Arts (Distinction) in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in journals and magazines and in a limited collection published in USA. She was a joint winner of Lancashire Writing Hub’s Flash Fiction award. Her latest collection, ‘Nimbus Movements,’ was published in 2015 by the progressive Knives Forks and Spoons Press and has been reviewed favourably in Stride Magazine. Debbie is interested in arts mediated through poetic form and the shared experience encountered during live performance. Debbie works in Lancashire and lives in Greater Manchester.

We are incredibly excited to welcome these two women to our stage, and we look forward to seeing everyone’s work in response to Stirred: Billie Holiday! The prompts will be up on the blog, and the event will be created shortly.

Love Stirred. x


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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