Rain Never Stops Play – Our Winners

Creative Tourist

After a week of public voting and deliberation by our judges, we’re delighted to announce the winners in our short story competition: Belfast based ‘Troubles’ and ‘The City Is Leaving Me’, set in Manchester.

Our competition confirmed that there is a wealth of fresh writers out there with the urban backdrop providing rich inspiration. We have been genuinely astounded by the quality of the entries; it was a very close call between our finalists but we’re sure you’ll agree we have two very worthy winners.

Troubles, written by Linda McVeigh, who is based in West Sussex, tells the gentle story of Billy, a 60 something bus driver whose chance meeting with an old colleague shines a spotlight on his own solitary existence.  You can read the full story here.

The City Is Leaving Me is our second winner, written by the Manchester based writer, Lydia Unsworth. It is a tale of love and loss between the protagonist and the city. Surprising, touching and funny, you can read the full version on Rainy City Stories.

Thank you to everyone who entered, everyone who voted and our judges, Kate Feld, Jenn Ashworth, Susie Stubbs and John McAuliffe. It’s been inspiring to see so much raw talent.

Culture Guides

Cinema

David Bowie, Japanese classics and some early spooky screenings all feature in this month’s cinema guide.

Exhibitions

Welcome the autumnal season with all of the art goodness that it brings – there are so many brand new exhibitions to see!

Families

As we say bye to the summer holidays and begin to welcome in the cooler months, Manchester’s events and activities continue to bring joy and fun to families.

Author Thea Lenarduzzi

Literature

There are plenty of online readings and live launches as Manchester and the North welcomes some great writers with book festival season getting underway, and there are loads of new spoken word nights and open mics to check out…

Music

Autumn’s a fine old time for gigs in Manchester and the North. From otherworldly folk to life-affirming soul, here are our top picks for October onwards.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

As the new theatre season gets ready to launch, we champion some of the star performances happening over the next few months.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Food and Drink

Explore the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North as we head into autumn.

Tours and Activities

Every season change is an excuse to try something new, and when it comes to tours and activities, autumn delivers!

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts