Poet Slash Artist: Catch a Fire

Inspired by Poet Slash Artist, Cerys Matthews curates a one-night celebration of music, lyrics and poetry

Catch a Fire is a live anthology of poetry, music and the places where they connect – curated by Cerys Matthews, hosted by Jeffrey Boakye and featuring more than a dozen acts crossing genres and generations.

Gary Crosby’s 12-piece Jazz Jamaica will be joined by Zara McFarlane for ‘Catch A Fire’, a tribute to the universal poetry of the classic Bob Marley album. Dele Sosimi brings his party-starting Afrobeat Experience to the city, while local lad Mike Garry will be joined by the Cassia String Quartet for a special performance. Young Identity celebrate the poetry of Rumi, Hafez and Faiz Ahmad Faiz – and there’ll also be live sets from Anthony Anaxagorou, Imtiaz Dharker, Inua Ellams, Adam Horovitz, Murray Lachlan Young and Helen Mort.

Tickets are limited – book yours today through the HOME box office.

Curated by Cerys Matthews

Hosted by Jeffrey Boakye

Featuring Anthony Anaxagorou | Gary Crosby’s Jazz Jamaica featuring Zara McFarlane | Imtiaz Dharker | Inua Ellams | Mike Garry & the Cassia String Quartet | Adam Horovitz | Murray Lachlan Young | Helen Mort | Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Experience | Young Identity: Nasima Bee, P A Bitez, Jova Guayaba, Isaiah Hull, Yorusalem Okbamichael


Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.



4 hours and 5 minutes

Tickets: £20
GM Residents on Lower Wage: £10

We have set aside a limited number of £10 tickets for this event for Greater Manchester residents on lower wages. Please think about whether you qualify before purchasing – and if not, please leave these tickets for those who do. Click here for more details.

Age Recommendation: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18

Onsale Dates
MIF Members – Friday 25 June 12pm (telephone orders only via HOME box office – 0161 200 1500)
General sale – Saturday 26 June 12pm

If you have any access requirements, please let us know at the box office on 0161 200 1500 or by emailing access@homemcr.org