Tickets: pound;7 (pound;4.50) on 0161 236 5725; pound;13 (pound;8) also gets you into a gala evening at the Whitworth Art Gallery with Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage. See www.manchesterpoetryfestival.co.uk.
Down in London, the Poetry Lounge opens in the Royal Festival Hall ballroom next Friday, October 15, warming up for Poetry International week, October 23-30. In the Lounge, see writing by children in care, parents from Larkhall primary school in the London borough of Lambeth and young performance poets. More information at www.rfh.org.ukpoetryint. Box office: 0870 1900222