Readers, writers and would-be writers are out in force in South Manchester for some book-related action at the ninth Chorlton Book Festival. All the featured guests have Chorlton connections, which makes M21 arguably the City's most literary suburb.
All events are at Chorlton Library, unless stated. All events are free, unless stated. For those events where booking is advised, this can be done at the library or by calling 0161 227 3700.
Friday 15 November
Story time: 10.30–11.30am
‘Magical World of Books’. Get dressed up as your favourite book character and come and listen to stories, songs and rhymes and meet our special guest. For under-5s.
Manky Poets with Copland Smith:7.30–9.30pm
This festival opens with Chorlton’s local poets. Hosted by Sarah L Dixon. All welcome. £2 (£1 concessions).
Saturday 16 November
Food for the Soul: 11am–3pm; market stall outside the library
Meet storyteller and woodcarver Richard O’Neill. Listen to his unique take on traditional Romany and North Country stories. Come and buy some hand-carved gifts for Christmas.
Magical World of Books: 2–4.30pm
Come along dressed as your favourite character for an afternoon of fun-filled activities and a chance to win a prize. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Rubbish Revamped workshop: 2–4pm
Rustle up some fabulous festive decorations at our free workshop. Four lucky people can also win a book from the new ‘Craft Smart’ series, including Danielle Lowy’s Recycled Crafts book. Suitable for age 6 upwards. www.rubbishrevamped.org.uk
At the Edge Theatre and Arts Centre Ellen Taylor – What’s a Story? 1.30–3pm
Find out how dramatic structure works, from professional writer Ellen, a regular writer for Coronation Street, who has also written for Casualty and Waterloo Road. Tickets £10.
JUMP writers group Script In Hand performance: 3–4.30pm
Four professional actors will present a rehearsed reading of work developed by The Edge’s JUMP programme, an arts club for unemployed people. Suitable for anyone interested in emerging writers and community arts projects. Book online: www.edgetheatre.co.uk or by phoning 0161 282 9776. Places are limited and tickets are non-refundable. Tickets £3.
Sex & Love & Rock & Roll, Tony Walsh aka Longfella, poet & writer: 7.30–9pm
With his new book, popular Mancunian writer Tony takes us on an extraordinary journey through ordinary lives, proudly flying the flag for the exciting new poetry scene. Brimming with Northern warmth and humour, these accessible, musical poems were influenced by the songs that soundtrack our lives. £2.50.
Sunday 17 November
Walk and Talk: Andrew Simpson, Local Historian: 2–3pm
Come and take a walk through 19th century Chorlton in the area called Martledge. Along the way there will be tales of dark deeds, quite a bit about the people we might have encountered, and more than one silly story. Meet at the Royal Bank of Scotland on the corner of Barlow Moor Road. The walk ends at the Post Box Café on Wilbraham Road, with soup and mulled wine. Booking is recommended for this popular event. £4.50.
Monday 18 November
POW! Graphic Novels Art Workshop: 4–6pm
Creative practitioner Vicky Clarke will work with you to explore how layouts and panel design are used for dramatic sequences. Creating our own characters we will animate these by learning illustrative techniques to show action, place and movement. The finished strips will be turned into 3D paper sculptures! For ages 11–16. Limited places, so book your place.
Tuesday 19 November
The Beech Pub Quiz: 8pm.
Hosted by Copland Smith (local poet). A Literary quiz to test the most well-read and cultivated of memories. Prizes for the winners. £1 to enter, payable at the Beech.
Thursday 21 November
Chorlton Good Neighbours Coffee Morning: 10–11.30am at Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church, Egerton Road South.
Come and listen to the nationally recognised, gifted storyteller Christine McMahon. www.christinemcmahon.co.uk
Friday 22 November
Grand Day Out (over-50s session): 2–4pm Russian Arctic Convoys
Come and hear this epic story. Presented by Bernard Leach.
An Autumn Almanac: 8pm at St John’s Parish Centre, Corner of Chequers Road and High Lane, Chorlton
Prepare for the hazy shades of winter with a bountiful harvest of tall tales, song-stories and folk music. We have gathered together some of Manchester’s best songwriters and storytellers for this previously sold-out event. “Friday evening, people get together... hiding from the weather.” The Kinks – Autumn Almanac. Tickets £2.50 pre-booked or £3.50 on the door.
Saturday 23 November
The Future is Unwritten: 2–4pm
How will we live in 20 years’ time? Where will you be? Join us for a creative journey into the future, writing and burying our ideas in a time capsule! The time capsule will be planted in early December. For ages 10–15. Book online. Tickets are free but limited. Pre-book using https:// chorltonbookfestival2013.eventbrite.co.uk
At the Edge Theatre and Arts Centre Amanda Dalton: Getting Started with Poetry: 2–5pm
A lively, practical workshop with plenty of writing exercises and ideas for making and shaping your poetry. An award-winning play, ‘How to Disappear’ was shortlisted for the Forwards Prize for Best First Collection. Amanda also writes for BBC radio. Tickets £10. Places are limited and tickets are non-refundable. Book online: www.edgetheatre.co.uk or by phoning 0161 282 9776.