Arts and Culture

2023 Chorlton Book Festival: A week of literary delights

Chorlton residents can look forward to an exciting cultural week as the Chorlton Book Festival returns from 15 to 23 September.

Due to the ongoing refurbishment of Chorlton Library, the 2023 festival will be held all over Chorlton in a series of events.

Literature enthusiasts can expect events including talks with best-selling authors, story-telling workshops, performance poetry, and history walks in the neighbourhood.

The festival opens with a creative writing workshop led by the award-winning playwright Cathy Crabb on Friday 15 September at Chorlton Library. Everyone is welcome to experience a bit of escapism in the world of storytelling with Crabb.

On Saturday the Edge Theatre will host a night of performance poetry with the Flapjack Press, with some of Manchester’s finest poets and spoken word performers.

Andrew Simson, author and historian, will have a walking tour in the Chorlton of 1845 on Sunday 17 September, exploring houses, meeting people, and telling the stories of the Beech Road.

The best-selling author Thomas D. Lee will celebrate the publication of his new book, Perilous Times, on Tuesday 19 in the Benito Lounge, where he wrote some parts of the novel.

On Friday 22, David Govier, Service Delivery Specialist for Archives & Heritage, will introduce the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project in Chorlton Library. This remarkable project aims to save thousands of at-risk audio recordings, including the Chorlton Oral History Sound Walks.

Journalist Nooruddean Choudry, known as Bearded Genius on X (formerly known as Twitter), will be in conversation with comedian Mick Ferry on Saturday 23 in Chorlton Unitarian Church. They will discuss Inshallah United, Choudry’s recently published book on football and faith.

The Chorlton Book Festival 2023 also offers a range of family-friendly events for children and adults. Highlights include the Chorlton Pride Family Fun Day, featuring African drumming workshops, and a Storytime session with Lady Ilaria, known for her fun family performances.

For more information about the 2023 Chorlton Book Festival, visit the website.

Main image: Chorlton Library, © David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Via Geograph.

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