Gerry Potter

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Gerry Potter is a poet, director, actor, author of the hit play Miracle, and both creator and destroyer of the infamous gingham diva, Chloe Poems*.

A favourite son of both Manchester and his home town Liverpool, he has a reputation for putting his Scouse voice on the line and is strong on poetry and strong on the causes of poetryism.

Fifty marks Gerry’s fourth volume of autobiographical, domestic / fantastic theatre-verse with Flapjack Press. It follows The Men Pomes, which was subsequently developed into a new one-man show and was the sell out success of the Manchester Literature Festival at Contact theatre, when premiered in 2011.

*Please visit Chloe's page for books by this magnificent Scouse socialist gay transvestite gingham-clad incarnation.

“Gerry Potter is a world-class performer at the height of his powers, delivering intelligent, humane and searching poetry that makes us all ask who we are and who we want to be.”
Jo Bell, Director National Poetry Day

“[In Planet Middle Age,] Potter wrote about killing off his alter-ego Chloe Poems and discovering his Scouse voice. His true voice has never been more expressive.”
Paul Burston, journalist & author

Website : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNc7h_W0I80&list=UUv5U5Ahwj6Z68dkIFIRDlBQ

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Planet Young

Welcome to Planet Young, the debut collection from the overwhelmingly engaging Gerry Potter - the poet formerly known as Chloe Poems.

Rich with spell-weaving imagery and rhapsodic concepts, biographical, confessional and gloriously poetic, this lyrical journey thrusts you ever forward on a magical history tour, brake-slamming and horn-pounding through the domestic and fantastic.

Published 29 June 2009. www.flapjackpress.co.uk

"I genuinely believe everything belongs to nobody. I’ve put these musings onto paper and, if you’re reading this, then I sincerely hope in some small way that what I’ve written becomes yours. It’s a world, things happen. This is how I’ve based my whole ethos. I’ve just started writing this and this has happened and I’m not going to change a word. Well, maybe a little.
So, read this book like you’re listening to me talking, I am a performance poet after all, or read it like it’s you talking to me. Dammit, read like you want, who am I to dictate? I do hope you find in it some of what I put there. I must have put it there for something."
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Planet Middle Age

Planet Middle Age,
A show on Radio Old.
A repeat with a quizzical demographic
And I am and not quite tuned into
Its frequency.
                                        - from Planet Middle Age

Picking up from where Planet Young leaves off, Gerry’s second instalment of autobiographical poetry intimately explores his own love, grief, friendships, family and journey into Planet Middle Age.

It’s a journey with jostling and lost tickets, the strength and vulnerability of first-hand secrets and seats warm from the strangers that sat there before, and the intensity and passion that takes us from one planet to another.

Published by Flapjack Press on 21st July 2010. 

In his last collection, Planet Young, Potter wrote about killing off his alter-ego Chloe Poems and discovering his Scouse voice. His true voice has never been more expressive than in this latest collection. Middle age has not dampened his talent. Here are poems that will amuse, move, inspire and provoke. Long may he continue.

- Paul Burston

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The Men Pomes

Gerry's third collection of theatre-verse explores the intimate nature of men. Here is where dreams and reality are inescapable and inexhaustible. It's where humour liberates and empathy empowers, where dark Catholicism collides with secular provocation and men resonate with melancholy and passion. Here, lives are led.

Gerry's first two volumes of autobiographical poetry, Planet Young and Planet Middle Age, are also available from Flapjack Press.

A favourite son of both Manchester and his home town Liverpool, Gerry Potter is an award-winning poet, playwright, director, actor, workshop leader and the creator and destroyer of the infamous gingham diva Chloe Poems. His previous publications as Chloe included Universal Rentboy [Bad Press, 2000], Adult Entertainment [Route, 2002] and Li'l Book o' Manchester [Mucusart, 2007]. A former writer in residence at Manchester's Contact and Greenroom theatres, he has a reputation for putting his Scouse voice on the line, a soaring sing-song accent, and is strong on poetry and strong on the causes of poetry. The Men Pomes is his third collection of autobiographical, domestic-fantastic theatre-verse for Flapjack Press, and follows the successes of Planet Young and Planet Middle Age.
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Is there a time somewhere I don't know
Where The Man stood alone
Atop his ivory tower and declared to the world
That his voice
Would be the only voice obeyed?
In that same time-space I don't know,
Did all the other men agree?
- from 'Cake'

"Formerly a hero/ine of the poetry circuit as his alter ego Chloe Poems, Gerry now takes to the stage in his own right. This is poetry like nothing you've heard before - asking with a wry smile what it means to be male, Scouse, working class and gay. You don't have to be any of these to find The Men Pomes heartbreaking and heart-mending, with a roar of anger one minute and a roar of laughter the next: a statement of pride, joyfulness and scorn in the face of bigotry. Gerry Potter is a world-class performer at the height of his powers, delivering intelligent, humane and searching poetry that makes us all ask who we are and who we want to be" - Jo Bell, Director National Poetry Day

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Fifty

When you are turning fifty, fighting HIV/Hepatitis C co-infections, charged with criminally masterminding the recession and unable to dance - what do you do?

Fuelled by Scouse passion and jangle, Fifty charts a year with honest extravagance. It’s an anarchic journey shared with illness and the adverse effects of its medications, with the long haul of being grassed up to the dole, with lost tickets, tags and tangents.

But there is dancing. There must always be dancing.

Fifty is Gerry’s fourth volume of autobiographical, domestic/fantastic theatre-verse. Some parts of this remarkable story are already “out there”, documented in ITV1’s The Briefs and BBC2’s Britain in a Day, and Gerry pulls no punches, navigating the emotional highs and lows with an absorbing, singular skill.

Although, the remarkable "Outroduction" and story-play, How to be a Better Gay, may just require the help of a certain gingham-clad diva...

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“Gerry Potter is a world-class performer at the height of his powers, delivering intelligent, humane and searching poetry that makes us all ask who we are and who we want to be” Jo Bell, Director National Poetry Day

“[In Planet Middle Age,] Potter wrote about killing off his alter-ego Chloe Poems and discovering his Scouse voice. His true voice has never been more expressive” Paul Burston, journalist & author

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The Chronicles of Folly Butler

Before extreme shyness, before understanding trauma, in colourful council of infancy, Folly Butler takes root… The Chronicles of Folly Butler - Gerry Potter’s fifth collection of autobiographical, domestic fantastic, theatre verse. A genre defying opus. Gerry Potter is a poet, playwright, and both creator and destroyer of the infamous gay icon and gingham diva, Chloe Poems. A favourite son of Manchester and his home town Liverpool, he has a reputation for putting his scouse voice on the line, and is strong on poetry and strong on the causes of poetryism. Published by Flapjack Press. Adult poetry/LGBT.

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