• Manchester City of Lit

The Hook: Diké Omeje

Updated: Jun 17

Manchester City of Literature is thrilled to launch The Hook this month, an exciting new project we’re developing to celebrate our rich literary heritage.




The Hook takes the work of writers embedded in the history of Manchester and connects it to new audiences and other writers, inspiring them to engage with stand-out texts and create brand new work.


We're delighted to announce that The Hook will explore the work of Diké Omeje, Anthony Burgess and Elizabeth Gaskell. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing conversations with panelists, each exploring the works of the aforementioned writers.


For our first instalment, in partnership with Commonword, Manchester City of Literature will be hosting a conversation exploring the work of the late Mancunian poet Diké Omeje, with a stellar panel of Peter Kalu, Shirley May, Mike Garry, Cheryl Martin and Segun Lee-French.


The discussion is available to view below. In the coming weeks we'll be showcasing the work of the writers involved, and sharing the stimulus so you can get creative too.


Award winning Mancunian poet Dike Omeje first took to the stage in 1995 and immediately earned high praise for his poetry performances. He was an active member of Commonword’s identity writing group, inspiring and encouraging his colleagues.
Dike published two anthologies of his poems and through his work in schools, colleges and prisons he encouraged expression through creative writing.  Dike was an accomplished performer and poetry slam champion.
He has been described as “a talent that comes round only once in a decade” and “A smooth mix of passion, intensity, and a sprinkling of humour with a metaphysical ‘eye in the storm’ of life”.


Watch this space for more news on the Burgess and Gaskell strands of The Hook... Coming soon!

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