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Kate Feld

Kate Feld, author of the Manchizzle (described by The Guardian as ‘the pick of Manchester culture and hub of blogging goodness’) and organiser of the Manchester Blog Awards, rounds up November’s happenings in the blogosphere.

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Wrap up warm, it’s November in Manchester. True to form it’s been wet, windy and a good time for indoor pursuits – like checking out art exhibitions, clearly. The entire local blogosphere seems to have trooped in to Angels of Anarchy at Manchester Art Gallery. Cultural Tales of Two Cities, Echostains and Red Hand Gang have all reviewed the exhibition on their blogs. Bloggers Katherine Woodfine, EP Niblock, Natalie Bradbury, Ella Wredenfors and, erm, me, wrote reviews for the exhibition website. And Angels even gave photoblogger Gill Moore an ‘arty wow moment’ .

Manchester’s reputation as a hotbed of digital-literary experimenting continues to develop: a social media love story, November in Manchester, is currently unfolding via blogs, twitter accounts and shared photos. Writer Tom Mason has invited readers to get involved by submitting photos, videos and more – details are on the site.

Booklovers are more than catered for by the growing crowd of Manchester literary blogs; The Lit List, Manchester Libraries’ blog, is a great place to hear about bookish events such as the recent unfurling of the toasty and profound Poetry Society’s giant knitted poem (pictured above in its unfinished state) at Victoria Baths, which Words & Fixtures reports on here. But if comedy is more your thing, new blog, LOL! Manchester has you covered, with a plethora of reviews, previews and a weekly ‘Friday Funny Fix’ of Mancunian standup via YouTube.

Fresh from an envy-inducing NYC noshfest, foodblogger Hale and Hearty digested some news about a high-flying new bar venture at the airport. And on the music scene, jazzman (and woman) The Ring Modulator reported back from two gigs: a tribute to Ray Charles at the Cinnamon Club and Tord Gustavsen Ensemble at RNCM.

But not everyone was huddled inside out of the elements. Intrepid urban explorers, The Manchester Zedders joined psychogeographers from the Loiterer’s Resistance Movement for a meander around Didsbury in which they found yew trees in Parsonage Gardens, discussed disappearing mills and got to experience walking on jam (and not the sweet kind, either).

See you next month.

Knitted manester balcony view

Images (top to bottom): courtesy The Poetry Society.

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Poet Helen Mort. Photo by Jan Bella

Literature

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Tours and Activities

We’re deep into Autumn now but don’t let that stop you from finding a new tour or activity to get stuck into.

Things to do right now

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Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

Visual Arts Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Graffiti at Zap Graffiti

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Blacksmithing at Forge Four

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Embroidery with Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle

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Making silver stacker rings at The Old Granary

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Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

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Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Textile taxidermy
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Textile taxidermy with Jaki Bogg at Craven Arts Studios

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Knittaz with Attitude: Yarnbombing at Upside Down Coffee

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Aftersun at HOME