Category Archives: Event List

The Garsdale Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat is now up and running! We are delighted with the enthusiastic testimonials received ahead of our official opening by Willy Russell on 29th June.

‘Far beyond my hopes and expectations…..stunning food, wonderful walks and encouragement for writing – all in abundance.’ (Eleanor);

‘The Garsdale Retreat lives true to Keats – I believe in nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination – thank you for a wonderful week.’(Judith);

‘What a privilege to be a part of your first week! Nutritious food for body and soul.’ (Fiona).

The further good news is that we have places on inspiring courses to come, tutored by our outstanding team of writers. Also half price offers for the remaining places on both Jane Draycott and Pete Mullineaux’s courses, see below:


19 – 24 June:  Jane Draycott (guest, Kim Moore): Don’t Stop Now!  Taking Your Poetry Further Half price offer – please call 01539 234184 to book.

3 – 8 July: Pete Mullineaux/Moya Roddy: From Inspiration to Craft: The Making and Shaping of a Poem (optional daily Meditation included)Half price offer – please call 01539 234184 

24 – 29 July: Paul Henry (guest, Philip Lyons):  Writing Poetry

7 – 12 Aug: Rhian Edwards (guest, Fleur Adcock): Character Portraits – Escaping the Ego

21 – 26 Aug: Helen Moore (Polly Atkin):  Writing the Land: Crafting Poems from Inspired Communion

18 – 23 Sept: Simon Williams/Susan Taylor: Poetry: The Joy of Making.

2 – 7 Oct:  Hamish Wilson (guest, Kate Fox): It’s Not Just About Daffodils – Poetry for Beginners

Performance Poetry:

4 – 9 September:  Ben Mellor (guest, Ian McMillan): Re: Discovering Your Voice

Musical theatre:

11 – 16 September: Natasha Sutton-Williams (resident pianist, Phil Blandford): Musical Theatre

Novel Writing Tutored Retreat

17 – 22 July:  Hannah Vincent (guest, Umi Sinha): Writers Write – Novel Writing

Autumn Retreat (Untutored)

16 -21 October

For further information please go to our website –


Thick Richard: Swear School

Thick Richard: Swear School

Wednesday 3 May 7:30pm
Thursday 4 May 7:30pm
Friday 5 May 7:30pm
Saturday 6 May 7:30pm

A fast-paced crash course in everything you wanted to know about bad language that school couldn’t teach you.

Join the class of sinister puppets as punk poet Thick Richard looks at the history, definition and use of swearing in his darkly humorous, educational show.

Very, VERY strong language throughout!

For more info and to book tickets:

Contact Theatre Events

We have a few events coming up at Contact that I thought would be of interest to your readers?

Ceridwen Short
Sales and Communications Assistant
Oxford Road
M15 6JA

Tickets and Information
0161 274 0600

Contact Theatre upcoming events

We have the following events coming up next season which I thought might be of interest to your audience. Would you be able to add them to your listings?

Many thanks,
Ceridwen Short
Sales and Communications Assistant

Tickets and Information

0161 274 0600


Contact is a leading national arts organisation and charity nurturing the next generation of artists, audiences and creative leaders. Our autumn 2016 season is on sale now – click here to view the brochure.

Our building is available to hire for conferences, festivals, showcases, parties and meetings and this supports our work with young people – to enquire about hiring a space for your next event please contact

Registered charity number: 501953

Manchester Literature Festival

Here’s a list of events:

Cathy Bolton
Manchester Literature Festival
The Department Store, 5 Oak Street, Manchester M4 5JD
t: 0161 832 5502

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Upcoming events at the Burgess

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Events Listing: September-October 2016

 Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

Archive Tour Dates:

Wednesday 7 September, 6pm

Wednesday 5 October, 6pm

Wednesday 9 November, 6pm

Wednesday 7 December, 6pm

A behind-the-scenes look at the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the multi-talented Manchester-born writer and composer, and author of A Clockwork Orange.

Led by experts on Anthony Burgess and his work, this is a chance to find out more about the unique and personal collection of books, manuscripts, compositions, photographs, furniture, drawings and correspondence with contemporary writers and artists amassed by Burgess during his rich and varied life and now held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

Places are free, but advanced booking, via the above contact details, is essential.

Photography Exhibition: Nick Hedges and Shelter

16-18 September 2016, 10am-3pm.

 The Swinging Sixties are the stuff of legend. But while some never had it so good, three million people were living in slums. Shelter was born out of the belief that this disparity was wrong and was driven by the determination to change things. 

Now, the country is in the grip of another housing crisis. A huge range of people are affected by our current housing shortage – from a generation of young families who can’t afford a home, to those struggling to live in places too insecure or awful to call home. 

Nick Hedges’s iconic photography helps us understand the harsh reality and history of homelessness. Juxtaposed with contemporary case studies, this event aims to raise awareness of current housing needs, Shelter’s services in Manchester and to rally ongoing support in the city by showcasing this striking work

Melissa Lee-Houghton & Luke Kennard

28th September, 7pm


 In collaboration with Penned in the Margins, we present a reading by two of Britain’s most exciting young poets. Selected by the Poetry Book Society as the one of the Next Generation Poets in 2014, Melissa Lee-Houghton’s work explores mental health and what it means to be human. Her debut collection A Body Made of You was published by Penned in the Margins in 2011. Her follow-up, Beautiful Girls, was released in 2013.

 Luke Kennard is the author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. His first collection of poems, The Solex Brothers, was published in 2005, and won an Eric Gregory Award. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, made him the youngest writer to be nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. His latest work, 2016’s Cain, covers everything from interfaith dialogue and genealogy to zombies.

 Highlights of the Manchester Literature Festival

7-23 October 2016

 The International Anthony Burgess Foundation will be hosting several events at the Manchester Literature Festival, featuring Gillian Slovo, Olivia Laing, Marina Lewycka, and Andrew Michael Hurley. More information about what’s happening can be found at

Last Chance to See: Rome in the Rain

Exhibition, until 30 September 2016

10am-3pm, Mon-Fri

Anthony Burgess lived in Rome in the 1970s with his second wife Liana and their son Andrea. His time there inspired novels, musical compositions, translations, articles and a study guide for English literature. These works are marked by recurring preoccupations including the sonnets of the nineteenth century Roman poet Belli, the last days of the dying John Keats, and the tension between Rome’s role as the ‘eternal city’ and its secular concerns. This new exhibition brings Burgess’s Roman project to life through a range of original manuscripts, audio recordings and artefacts never before exhibited.

Dr Graham Foster

International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Engine House
Chorlton Mill
3 Cambridge Street
M1 5BY

0161 235 0776

Bradford Libraries – 3 events

How to promote your book – workshop.
City Library
Thursday 5th May 5.30pm – 7pm

This workshop is aimed at the aspiring, small or self-published writer.
Do you want to know how to promote your book, blog or short story?
Come along and learn how to put together a basic campaign that is sure to get you started.
with Diane Honds from The Entertainment Bureau.

Kim Moore Poetry ‘The Art of Falling Down’
& ‘Exploring Poetry’ workshop with Carole Bromley.
Keighley Library
Saturday 7th May 2pm – 4pm
Carole Bromley will lead us in a relaxed session in which we will read and discuss contemporary poetry Whether you enjoy reading poetry or haven’t read any since school all are welcome .
The workshop will be followed by Kim Moore, who will be reading from her collection The Art of Falling.
Refreshments served.

The Big Read with Mari Hannah
Keighley Library
Wednesday 11th May 2pm
We invite you to discover P.D. James’ classic crime novel – ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’.
Join Crime author Mari Hannah in discussion about the book and all things crime!
We have 50 free copies of the book to give away
If you would like to read the book and attend the event please contact me or pick up a copy from Keighley Library.
Refreshments will be served.

Places are limited on all these events. If you’d like to reserve your place on any of these please email or phone me to put your name down.

Dionne Hood
Development Officer: Reading and Stock
Bradford Libraries

Tel: 01535 618211
Keighley Library, North Street, Keighley, BD21 3SX

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Bradford Libraries