Programme

Welcome to Chorlton Book Festival 2019!

Here is the full programme for this years festival.

You can also pick up a CBF brochure from Chorlton Library. 

Enjoy!  

Friday 20 September

Manchester Poets featuring guest poet Tony Roberts


Your host Copland Smith welcomes you to another celebration of the best Manchester poets, featuring guest poet Tony Roberts. Tony will be talking about his fifth collection of poems, The Noir American & Other Poems.  In his latest work, Tony returns to familiar preoccupations. ‘The Noir American’ gathers together the six popular misadventures of his 1950s jazzman, Ty ‘Prince’ Dove, and adds seven new ones to complete his picaresque tale. 

Friday 20 September
£3/£1 payable on the door.
Chorlton Library
7.45 to 9:30 [doors open 7.30]

LIVEwire with Luke Wright & co.

An electric evening of spoken word performance, presented by the UK’s leading spoken word record label, Nymphs & Thugs.

Fronted by poetic powerhouse Luke Wright, the night will also feature Luke’s highly acclaimed label-mate Louise Fazackerley. Hosted by label owner and spoken word rising star Matt Abbott, this is a night to completely transform your perceptions of poetry.  

Friday 20 September
£14/£12 book tickets here.
The Edge Theatre
7.30pm 


 

Saturday 21 September

Family Fun Day with Matt Goodfellow
 

Join us for a day of crafts, laughter and poetry. We've got crafty kids sessions from 11-1pm
followed by fab performance poet Matt Goodfellow from 2pm. Fancy dress recommended! 

Saturday 21 September
Free event, everyone welcome.
Chorlton Library
11-4pm 

 

Sunday 22 September

Just who did you have to be polite to on Beech Road in 1845?

 

Local historian Andrew Simpson presents the annual Book Festival Walk and recreates the Chorlton of the mid 19th century with a walk down Beech Road which will feature the stories and people of our township.

Along the way there will be some tales of dark deeds, mixed with the everyday life of farmers, agricultural workers and their families, and a nod to the posh residents who must be treated with upmost politeness.
Assemble at the corner of Beech Road and Barlow Moor Road at 2pm and concluding after much history and a degree of fun at the Edge for refreshments.

Sunday 22 September
£7.50 payable in advance at Chorlton Library.
Assemble at the corner of Beech Road and Barlow Moor Road at 2pm.

 

Monday 23 September

A Celebratory Evening with Flapjack Press Poets

 

Outstanding poetry from the multi award-winning poets and spoken word artists of Flapjack Press.

Join us in celebrating the publication of The Anthology of Tomorrow, with performances from Dave Viney, Laura Taylor, Thick Richard, Melanie Rees, John Darwin and Tony Curry. Hosted by Paul Neads.

“Flapjack Press publishes the most cutting-edge poetic performers” - Writing Manchester
www.flapjackpress.co.uk: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.
Shortlisted Best Northern Publisher, Northern Soul Awards 2018

Monday 23 September
Chorlton Library
8-10pm
Free event, everyone welcome.

 

Tuesday 24 September

An Evening with author Paul Tudor Owen

 

Paul Tudor Owen was born in Manchester in 1978, and was educated at the University of Sheffield, the University of Pittsburgh, and the London School of Economics. 
He began his career as a local newspaper reporter in north-west London, and currently works at the Guardian, where he spent three years as deputy head of US news at the paper's New York office.  

About Paul's debut novel The Weighing of the Heart

'Sooner or later, everybody comes to New York…'

Following a sudden break-up, Englishman in New York Nick Braeburn takes a room with the elderly Peacock sisters in their lavish Upper East Side apartment, and finds himself increasingly drawn to the priceless piece of Egyptian art on their study wall – and to Lydia, the beautiful Portuguese artist who lives across the roof garden.
But as Nick draws Lydia into a crime he hopes will bring them together, they both begin to unravel, and each finds that the other is not quite who they seem.
Published by Obliterati Press, Paul Tudor Owen's intriguing debut novel brilliantly evokes the New York of Paul Auster and Joseph O'Neill.

Tuesday 24 September
ChorltonLibrary
7-8.30pm
£2.99 tickets can be booked here.

Wednesday 25 September

An Evening with author Karline Smith

In her powerhouse first novel Moss Side Massive, Karline Smith graphically portrays the harsh realities of life on the mean streets of Manchester's Moss Side district where baby-faced drug dealers ply their trade on mountain bikes whilst gun shots shatter the night air. Written with compelling authenticity Moss Side Massive takes the reader into the heart of a world where the gun is God and respect means fast money or a quick death.'

Moss Side Massive received reviews from The Guardian, Time Out, The Voice, The Big Issue, City Life magazine. 
The sequel to Moss Side Massive, Full Crew was published by the X-Press in December 2002, receiving excellent reviews from Times Literary Supplement and City Life Magazine.
Both books have been reprinted by Black Sapphire Press in 2019. Karline’s third novel Goosebumps and Butterflies are Fairy Tales was also published by Black Sapphire Press December 2018.

Wednesday 25 September
Chorlton Library
7 - 8.30pm
£2.99 tickets can be booked here.



Thursday 26 September

Chorlton Good Neighbours

 

Want to hear some fascinating stories and experiences captured by local writers? Stories of Our Lives is a community project involving Chorlton Good Neighbours, where writers have been encouraged to meet, chat and listen to the memories of older residents of Chorlton and the surrounding areas.  Each writer recorded key memories of their story telling neighbours and these valuable recollections have been published in a short anthology. Short extracts from that anthology will be read out during the morning, as well as personal feedback from both writers and participants on how they enjoyed the sessions. 

 

Thursday 26 September

Wilbraham St Ninian’s United Reform Church, Egerton Road South

10 - 11.30am

All welcome. Free event.

The Book Quiz at The Edge Theatre
 

Copland Smith returns with the legendary Book Festival Quiz Night, kindly hosted this year by the lovely people at The Edge Theatre!
The only clue we've been given by Copland is 'It's not supposed to be easy', so we'd better revising now.
Lots of bookish prizes to be won.
Maximum of 6 people on a team.

Thursday 26 September
The Edge Theatre
8:30-10pm
£1 per person, payable on the night. 

 

An Evening with author Caroline England

 

From Manchester divorce lawyer to top ten kindle best seller, Caroline England will be talking about her road to publication, reading extracts from her psychological thrillers and answering all your writerly questions!


Caroline's debut novel, Beneath the Skin was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017. Her second novel, My Husband Lies, followed in May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller.
 

Her latest novel, Betray Her published by Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group, is now available as an eBook.
The paperback will be released on 24 September 2019.

 

Caroline also has two dark, twisty short story collections available on Amazon, both in eBook and paperback, Watching Horsepats Feed the Horses and Hanged by the Neck. 

Thursday 26 September
Chorlton Library
7-8.30pm
£2.99 tickets can be booked here.

Friday 27 September

Artful Playground presents The Wonderful World of Fairy Tales

Join us for a magical, musical storytime for under fives. 


Artful Playground is an educational theatre company committed to introducing live music and drama to children through exciting musical experiences and using creative arts to build confidence, develop social interaction and improve performance skills. 

Friday 27 September
Chorlton Library
10.30-11.30am
Free event.

 

Alan Turing's Manchester a talk by author Jonathan Swinton.

 

Manchester is proud of Alan Turing but does it deserve to be? This book explores the complexity of the city that Alan Turing encountered in 1948.
This book takes you across the city of Manchester, from Hale to Moston, via the Festival of Britain and the seminar rooms and pick-up sites of the Oxford Road.
It is a richly illustrated account of lives lived and one life ended tragically early in a post-war Manchester busy creating the computer.

'I loved writing this book, the fruit of years of researching Alan Turing’s story. Most fascinating for me, and I hope, for you were the remarkable men and women who surrounded him. So while this book is of course about Turing, it's more about Manchester, and what it was like to make new friends and lovers in the smog-bound, bombed-out city of 1948' 
Jonathan Swinton.

Friday 27 September
Chorlton Library
2-3pm
Free Event.

When History met art and became a book.

How to create a book from the beginning to the end.

 

History books come in many shapes and sizes, but Peter Topping and Andrew Simpson have created a unique style which mixes Peter’s paintings with period photographs and maps, and Andrew’s stories of the past.

 

They focus on “the stories behind the doors”, and of people who history hasn’t just forgotten but never bothered to notice.  Often it starts with one of Peter’s paintings and the challenge for Andrew to “find the story”. In the process it has led the pair to write seven books together, create two major street installations along with history talks and walks.

 

 

Friday 27 September

Chorlton Library

7 - 8:30pm

Free event. All welcome. 


Saturday 28 September

Family Fun Day - Get Your Creativity On with Rubbish Revamped and Mandy Cleveland

 

It's the last day of the Chorlton Book Festival and it's party time for the whole family!


Mandy Cleveland and Rubbish Revamped will be here during the day to make your minds go pop with lots of creative, crafty wonderful things.

Saturday 28 September
Chorlton Library
11-4.30pm
Free Event  

 

Pamela DeMenthe presents Sticky Digits

 

Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits is a hilarious solo comedy that satirises the rise of the self published erotic fiction author.


Want to know how to break into the world of erotic fiction?
 

Self published author-ess, Pamela DeMenthe is throbbing her way around the nation to share the secrets of her success and present her latest scorcher, Sticky Digits.
You’re invited to learn Pamela’s top tips for success before she reads an excerpt from this saucy and bizarre ‘top seller’.

 

Witness the show quickly descend into a surreal and dark fantasy, revealing far more about Pamela’s struggles than she had intended.

Saturday 28 September
The Edge Theatre
7.30pm
£12/£10 Book tickets here.