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Friday 16 - Saturday 24 September 2022

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Ed Glinert presents Orwell's 1984.

Friday 16 September, 2pm

Chorlton Library


Author, historian and tour guide Ed Glinert is one of the most entertaining speakers on the circuit, armed with remarkable stories and unforgettable pictures.


His books include The Manchester Compendium and Literary London. Today, he’ll be talking about George Orwell’s chilling   tale of authoritarianism that’s as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1949.

Book FREE tickets here.


The Manchester Poets, with Copland Smith and guests 

Friday 16 September, 7.45–9.30pm

Chorlton Library

This award-winning group has delivered diverse and exciting live poetry for over 40 years. Hundreds of poets have guested there, while many more have found their voices by picking up the mic.


£3/£1 pay on the door.


Family Crafts 

Saturday 17 September, 2-4pm

Chorlton Library

Join local artist Mandy Cleveland and the library team for an afternoon of family creativity and crafting. 


Chorlton History Walk

Sunday 18 September, 2–3pm.

Meet at the Old 4 Banks Junction.

Join Andrew Simpson for dark deeds, silly stories and a place called Martledge. Revisit a lost hamlet, encounter historic Chorlton individuals and uncover an awful murder.


Learn about the first Sedge Lynn, a place called the Isles - and when Chorlton had its very own Ice Rink!

£7.50, including refreshments at the Dressing Room Café after the walk. 

Book tickets here.

The Book Quiz

Monday 19 September, 8pm

The Beer House, Chorlton. Manchester, M21 9PW

Quizmaster Copland Smith hosts his special literary quiz for Chorlton’s bibliophiles. If you know your Sally Rooney from your Wayne, then this is the quiz for you! 

Northerners: A History

Tuesday 20 September, 7–8.30pm

Chorlton Library

Is being a Northerner about geography - or a state of mind? Stretford-born Brian Groom, a former Financial Times journalist, has taken a deep dive into what makes the North special. His book, Northerners: A History from the Ice Age to the Present Day is the essential biography of our region and identity.

Book FREE tickets here.

Chorlton Good Neighbours

Wednesday 21 September, 10.30am

Chorlton Library

The CGN Drama Group is busy working on another of its wonderful, unique shows. Check our website, or visit for details. All welcome. 

Writers’ Cafe

Wednesday 21 September, 1.00–2.30

Thursday 22 & Friday 23, 9.30–11.00

Saturday 24, 10.00–12 noon

The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre

Buy a drink (cake delicious, but optional), settle in and soak up the creative atmosphere. There’ll be authors dropping in to inspire you, including Jackie Kay, Elaine Bousfield, Martin Griffin and Rosie Garland. We’ll even offer writing prompts if you need ideas! The Writers’ Café has been organised by the brilliant Jo Somerset and we’re hoping it will become a regular fixture.


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David Gaffney

Thursday 22 September, 7-8pm

Famous for his powerful flash fiction, David’s intriguing new novel is Out of the Dark. Holed up in his tower block, Daniel can’t stop watching an old B-movie on repeat. As film noir and real life begin to blur, is he being pulled into a similar whirlpool of deceit, corruption and violence?

David is introduced by writer and poet Sarah-Clare Conlon, literary editor at Creative Tourist.

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Storytime Special

Friday 23 September, 10-10.30 and 11-11.30

Cat Weatherill is a best-selling author and one of the UK’s best-loved storytellers. Combining a passion for language with a playful spirit, she has delighted thousands of children in hundreds of schools and festivals. A hot ticket for the little ones - under-5s and their carers welcome.

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The Great Miss Lydia Becker

Friday 23 September, 2pm

Biographer Joanna Williams presents the story of the extraordinary Manchester woman who inspired the Pankhursts.


In the 1860s the idea of giving women the vote was compared to persuading dogs to dance! Undeterred, Lydia Becker spent her life campaigning for the vote, for women’s equality and for an education for every girl.


Learn more about this amazing, yet little-known woman, and find out how the trolling of female activists is nothing new.

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Northern Noir: T. S. Hunter & Alex Caan

Friday 23 September 7-8.30pm

Chorlton Central Church

The North continues to inspire new generations of thriller writers. Sean Coleman (aka T S Hunter) has written and produced for Sony Pictures, Fox, the BBC and Channel 4 and won multiple awards.


He’s the author of the Alex Ripley mysteries and tech thrillers The Code and DownTime. As T.S. Hunter he wrote the smash-hit mystery series Soho Noir.

Mancunian Alex Caan works in Information Systems Security for government organisations. When he’s not fighting real-life crime, he’s fighting it in his fiction.


Alex is the author of tense thrillers, Cut to the Bone, First to Die and The Unbroken, featuring DS Moomy Khan and DI Sarah Heaton.


Rob Parker is your host for the evening. 

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Family Fun Saturday

Saturday 24 September

10.30-11.30am - Alfie’s First Fight

A treat for children aged 5+ with a knockout one-man show, written and performed by Oliver Sykes. Will Alfie find his brother in time for the boxing match, or will he have to step into the ring himself?

This funny and heart-warming show packs a punch!


2-4pm - join artist Mandy Cleveland for free crafting sessions.

Book FREE tickets here.

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