That’s What She Said



That’s What She Said is a monthly open mic event that showcases the best new writing and performance by women and non-binary writers. It features well known headliner acts and offers a supportive environment for emerging authors to perform a mixture of performance, poetry and storytelling. That’s What She Said usually takes place in the centre of Manchester but we are delighted to say that May’s event will take place in Altrincham as part of Altrincham Word Fest.

We have been to the evening at Tribeca on Sackville Street a few times and been so impressed not just with the fresh and exciting performances but with the charismatic Jane Bradley who organises the event. Jane is a fantastic writer herself and she is so enthusiastic and supportive to other performers that she creates a brilliant atmosphere.

Open Mic in Manchester for female and non binary writers
Jane Bradley

Jane’s work has appeared in anthologies and the press, including The Guardian and Red magazine, both in the uk and abroad. Her first full-length play, ‘The Curse’ about ‘the blood and guts of being a girl’ was supported by Arts Council England and performed in Manchester in 2016 to great reviews. Jane has been longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a Young Enigma Award and was selected as one of Nokia’s fifty Remarkable Women. 

Not content with producing her own work, Jane is the founder and director of ‘For Books’ Sake, the UK organisation dedicated to championing writing by women, and the editor of short story collections Short Stack, Derby Shorts, Tongue in Cheek and (RE)Sisters.  

This very busy woman also delivers creative writing workshops to young people and adults across the UK, collaborating with organisations including The Proud Trust, RECLAIM, Manchester Metropolitan University and more. She regularly performs her writing at live literary events, arts venues and festivals, including at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact Theatre, HOME, Polari Literary Salon and Edinburgh Fringe. She is also a  co-director of Young Enigma, supporting queer emerging writers in the North West. Phew! 

Come and meet Jane at ‘That’s What She Said’ at Coco’s Lounge on Wednesday the 15th May at 7pm. Details of tickets and how you can participate will follow soon so watch this space.




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