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Don't Blow It: Handkerchief Workshop with Sarah Corbett

8 July 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sneak a message under the nose of someone who could seriously influence positive change and help them to do so. Instead of being an aggressive activist, be a critical friend. It’s not only a loving thing to do, it can be more effective. Your local politician probably gets dozens, if not hundreds of letters and emails urging them to consider all sorts of important issues. But how often do they get given a hand-stitched hanky acknowledging that their job is difficult and encouraging them to not ‘blow it’ but use their power to support create long lasting positive change? Probably not very often!

You could also stitch a hanky for a friend, family member or even a stranger who is in a position of power who you are worried might not be fulfilling the potential with the power and influence they have and you could encourage them to be the change they want to see in the world. Our kits have message suggestions for MPs, Teachers, Religious Leaders and even Bankers. Our kits also include questions to reflect on whilst stitching over your message to encourage you to think critically and encourage some ‘crafterthought’s to come out of this craftivism action.

We hope that they keep their handmade hanky to help motivate them to show their love for our global neighbours and the environment, and to act to help rather than harm them.

Jane Austen Anniversary Events

Up and down the country, people are giving events and exhibitions to mark the important 200-year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. We will be paying tribute Jane through our own events at The Portico Library. In recognition of Austen’s talent for charmingly intimate observations of the everyday our events look at two of the most wonderfully ordinary of activities: sewing and sleep!

Handkerchief Embroidery Workshop

18 July 2017, 11pm – 4pm
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Textile Artist Harriet Lawson will lead a workshop inspired by Regency embroidery styles. Practice a variety of sewing techniques and at the end of the day you will take home your very own beautifully decorated handkerchief. A delicious Portico Library Cream Tea will be included at the break.

Harriet Lawton graduated from BA (Hons) Embroidery at Manchester School of Art in 2013. She has since been practicing as a contemporary craft artist and artist educator, completing commissions for Wakefield Museum and Gawthorpe Hall, and delivering talks and workshops for organisations including the Whitworth Manchester and the Embroiderer's Guild.

Lecture: Sleep and Sleeplessness in Austen

20 July 2017, 6:30pm
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What is Fanny Price’s bed-time? Why can’t Catherine Moreland sleep? Why can’t Lady Bertram stay awake? And what general significance does Jane Austen attach to the sleeping habits and nocturnal adventures of her heroes and heroines? Covering a wide range of examples from Northanger Abbey to Persuasion, this talk will uncover a subtle but persistent preoccupation with sleep and sleeplessness in Austen’s literary career, and will suggest that human slumber represents an unpredictable force operating at the edge of her tightly regulated social worlds.

Dr Michael Greaney is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He is currently writing a book on the representation of sleep and sleep-related states in the modern novel. With Hilary Hinds (Lancaster) and Garrett Sullivan (Penn State University), Michael is one of the co-founders of the 'Sleep Cultures' website:

Oliver Lomax - 18 Poems

10 August 2017, 6:30pm
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Oliver Lomax is a thirty-three year old poet from Bolton. He recently published and launched his first collection 18 Poems (published by Dylan’s Bookstore Salubrious House Swansea) at The Laugharne Festival in South Wales. The book has illustrated by the artist Dan Llywelyn Hall who produced a series of paintings in response to the poems.
Oliver will read from this new collection in addition to other poems and will be signing copies of the book at this event.

Support will come from Damien Riley of Ourfold who will perform some acoustic versions of tracks from their new album.

‘Oliver is a great poet, imagine a mix of Simon Armitage, Allan Bennett and Jarvis Cocker all rolled into one, he can do it all and is defiantly one to watch.’ Jeff Townes

Free Tours of The Portico

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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.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations can be made by contacting us here. Please note that The Portico Library is happy to issue a refund up to 24 hours before the event takes place.

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