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Manchester Food and Drink Festival is celebrating the city’s spoken word scene on the eve of National Poetry Day with a night devoted to poetry – and homelessness charities are set to benefit.

Led by the man some have dubbed Manchester’s unofficial poet laureate, Mike Garry (pictured), the event will take place on the City Life Stage at the Festival Hub on Albert Square.

A host of talented and spoken word acts and musicians will take to the stage for a night of verse, music and laughter in aid of StreetSmart, which launches in Manchester on 1 November.

The line-up includes comedy poet Marvin Cheeseman, Yorkshire punk poet Toria Garbutt and Lucy Hope’s Gypsy Band, who will play a fusion of Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz interspersed with French yéyé and chanson classics.

The StreetSmart campaign supports Manchester’s homeless charities and organisations. It works by Manchester’s restaurants adding a voluntary £1 to the diners’ bill for November and December. In January, the money collected is given to local homeless shelters and projects such as the Booth Centre, Mustard Tree and the Well Spring.

Throughout the night, guests will be invited to make donations, and 50p from every pint sold will go to the charity throughout the evening.

Poetry Not Poverty is at 6pm, 5 October

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