Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

Plenty of festive fun, including underground Dickens at St George’s Hall and some seasonal storytelling from First Draft and The Real Story with their Kulning.

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. Kulning: Winter Songs – First Draft and The Real Story at The Castle


    Kulning: Winter Songs at Castle Hotel, Manchester, 19 December 2016, free entry - Visit now

    Two of the city’s live performance organisers First Draft and The Real Story get together for a seasonal special, presenting an evening of winter songs and storytelling by hand-picked performers, designed to warm the cockles.

  • 2. The Ghosts of Christmas Past at St George’s Hall

    The Ghosts of Christmas Past.
    The Ghosts of Christmas Past from LoveHistory.

    The Ghosts of Christmas Past at St. George’s Hall, City Centre, 12–18 December 2016 , from £15.00 - Book now

    Seasonal storytelling comes to the catacombs of St George’s Hall, with a promenade performance of Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol. Don’t be a Scrooge – book your ticket now!

  • 3. The North West Poetry Tour at Burgess Foundation

    Poet SJ Fowler.
    Poet SJ Fowler.

    The North West Poetry Tour at International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester, 14 January–11 February 2017 , free entry - Visit now

    Eighty-odd writers and artists join forces across six dates to create brand-new collaborative works for performance around the North West, starting in York and ending in Liverpool. Manchester double acts include Richard Barrett and Tim Allen, Helmut Lemke and Tony Trehy, and Enemies Project curators SJ Fowler and Tom Jenks.

  • 4. Pen:Chant at PUSH Festival at HOME

    Poet and Pen:Chant host Ben Mellor.
    Poet and Pen:Chant host Ben Mellor.

    Pen:Chant at PUSH Festival at HOME, Manchester, 19 January 2017, from £8.00 - Book now

    The annual PUSH Festival at HOME sees Pen:Chant’s award-winning Ben Mellor introduce a fully local line-up of the best emerging and emergent writers and performers that Greater Manchester has to offer.

  • 5. Verbose second birthday at Fallow Cafe

    Verbose host Sarah-Clare Conlon, by Zoe Hodson.
    Zoe Hodson.

    Verbose at Fallow Cafe, Manchester, 23 January 2017, free entry - Visit now

    Live literature night Verbose celebrates its second birthday with readings from flash fiction headliners David Swann, Ashley Chantler and Peter Blair, plus the usual open mic of prose and poetry performances, all served up by host Sarah-Clare Conlon.

Culture Guides

Image courtesy of HOME


Cinemas around the North are putting on their festive hats this month but don’t worry, there’s plenty going on even if you aren’t into the whole Christmas thing.

Intervention 15 by Edward Krasinski


100 artists feature in an exhibition celebrating the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary, Edward Krasinksy is a surprise hit at Tate Liverpool and Manchester Museum looks at a world without bees. Our top exhibitions in Manchester and the North.

Credit Karen Wright


It may be blinkin cold but The Whitworth’s Frost Fair will warm your cockles, as will some tip top theatrical family classics – but not as you know ’em.

La Vie Parisienne


As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music venues burst from the seams with live music for you to enjoy.



We’re breaking this month’s theatre picks into grit and glam. Glam because it’s the season of shiny, sparkly things, ­and grit because, well, we’re Northern after all.

Destination Guides

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Edward Krasiński
Exhibitions 21 October 2016–05 March 2017 , from £6.00

Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Not for Navigation
Exhibitions 07 December 2016–24 February 2017 , FREE

Not for Navigation at The International 3

Exhibitions 24 November–21 December 2016 , FREE

Tim Isherwood: Please Use The Intercom

Feed Me - Image courtesy of Rachel Maclean
Cinema 03–13 December 2016 , from £7.00

Film Season: I’m Too Happy

Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations
Cinema 25 November–09 December 2016 , from £5.00

Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations