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Turning Blue: new live perforances with 'the master of English rural noir'

25 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm
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In 2016 Benjamin Myers won The Portico Prize for Literature and the Northern Writers' Award for his fourth novel Beastings. This March, ahead of the release of his next book, The Gallows Pole, The Portico Library will host an extraordinary collaborative event, combining excerpts delivered by Northern actors, new musical commissions, and artworks on related themes. Carolyn Curtis-Magri's exhibition explores a real-life unsolved murder case in the same landscape in which Myers' last book, Turning Blue, is set, while acclaimed composer David McLean's 'Crime Scene' ensemble provide purpose-built live scores to the performers' readings. Turning Blue follows McLean's rapturously received 'Crime Scene' premier this January as part of Islington Mill's Samarbeta residency programme, also featuring Thurston Moore, Charles Hayward and Lydia Lunch. This will be a moving, memorable event, bringing together original words, images and music in an atmospheric crime-noir style. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Byron's Venice: The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy

27 April 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm
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This talk celebrates the 200th anniversary of the composition of the final canto of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Beppo, in which Byron redefined and reinvented Venice for the rest of the nineteenth century and beyond. A host of writers, artists and tourists flooded into Venice in the wake of these publications, looking for the Byron's 'Sea Cybele, fresh from ocean', but what was so new about Byron's Venice? This talk seeks to offer an answer to that question.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception with complimentary Italian wine.

Dr Alan Rawes is Lecturer in Romanticism at the University of Manchester and Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies.

This event is sponsored by The Byron Society.

Free Tours of The Portico

20 Feb & 9 March 2017, 1:30pm
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Guided tours start from Manchester Art Gallery as your guide will begin with a short history of the old Georgian streets in the vicinity, before moving on to The Portico Library for an in-depth exploration of its collection, curios and characters. Book asap as these tours fill quickly!

You will be led by the inimitable Ed Glinert, well-known guide from New Manchester Walks and author of the Manchester Compendium (Penguin).

Drawing Classes at The Portico

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
11:30am - 1:30pm

£10.00 Booking not required

Practice your drawing skills in one of Manchester's most inspirational environments. Advice and tuition available from the class leader, Greg Fenwick. Basic materials are provided and tea and coffee is included in the price. If you wish to bring your own materials please restrict these to pencils, chalks and charcoals.

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