Born at Fallow Cafe in Fallowfield at the start of 2015, Verbose has set about bringing performance poets and literature readings to the South Manchester suburbs. Its compere, host and chief organiser is Sarah-Clare Conlon, who is a core collaborator with and co-founder of the #Flashtag group and whose short fiction repertoire includes Quickies: Short Stories For Adults. She also performs in the spoken word and music duo Les Malheureux with David Gaffney, and has edited and contributed to various publications, including the Manchester Anthology in 2014 while studying for a Creative Writing MA at the University of Manchester.

Verbose’s focus on collaborating in literature has seen invitations extended to other groups around the North West so that each month sees a different draft of writers. Past shows have delved into the pages of the likes of Bare Fiction, Nightjar Press, The Other Room, Manchester Left Writers and Conlon’s fellow #Flashtaggers.

Pencil it in for the first Monday of each month. Next up on 27 February is a collection of the authors publishing via Urbane Publications, including Lavinia Murray (who writes fiction as FJ McQueen), James Silvester and David Gaffney, who’ll be launching his latest book, All The Places I’ve Ever Lived.