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Free Tour of the Georgian City Centre and The Portico Library

7 August 2017, 6:30pm
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PLEASE NOTE THIS TOUR BEGINS FROM MANCHESTER ART GALLERY
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).

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


Cartoons, My Dad and Dementia: Tony Husband

22 August 2017, 6:30pm
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Award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband discusses his book Take Care, Son: The Story of My Dad and his Dementia, exploring the creative journey he experienced in conceiving the illustrations for his book.

When Ron Husband started to forget things - dates, names, appointments … daft things, important things - it took a while to realise that this was ‘a different form of forgetting’. But it was just the first sign of the illness that gradually took him away from the family he loved. Forming part of The Portico Library’s Reminiscence Project, Tony Husband will be talking about his work as a cartoonist and his inspiration and journey through creating the book Take Care, Son: The Story of My Dad and Dementia, a touching illustrated story framed as a chat between Tony and his dad.

Tony Husband has been a full-time cartoonist since 1984 and his cartoons have appeared in many newspapers, magazines, books and websites, including Private Eye, The Times, Punch, and The Spectator. Yobs, which he draws for Private Eye, is one of the best-known comic-strips in Britain.

The event will be followed by a book signing.

- 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Society -

Members £5
Non-Members £6
Students/Unemployed £3


Emma Decent - Memory Treasure Writing Workshop

4 September 2017, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Free Event
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The objects we treasure hold our memories and stories. Bring along or remember an object that has special meaning for you (ideally not a photo) at this relaxed and creative life-writing workshop. No writing experience necessary.

Event limited to only 15 places.


Emma Decent - I Don’t Know What I’m Supposed To Be Doing

12 September 2017, 6:30pm
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'I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing' was something Emma's Mum said repeatedly in the early days of her dementia. Over ten years later, now her mother has died, Emma finds herself asking the question for herself. Emma's mum was a librarian, Emma is a library assistant. Specially staged for The Portico Library, her show takes you on a journey through time, mother-daughter love and re-evaluation. A funny, moving, inspiring tale using poetry, theatre - and library books.

- 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Society -


Mike Harding - Fishing for Ghosts

13 September 2017
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Mike Harding will be at The Portico Library to talk about his new book of poetry "Fishing for Ghosts". In this new collection, a lifetime of listening, observing, thinking and reflecting has produced poems that tell stories in his own voice. Harding is a natural story teller and, like all true storytellers, his direct language engages the listener and reader alike in the recognition that their own poems may also be waiting to be retrieved from the seemingly random. Join us for an evening with Mike Harding and a reading from this new collection.


Val McDermid: Locating Crime Fiction

26 September 2017, 6:30pm
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Val McDermid is a celebrated and best selling Scottish crime writer, known for her series of suspense novels and her famous creation for television, Wire in the Blood. Many of McDermids books feature locations in the North and this September she will talk about the importance of place in crime fiction, how location informs the story you can tell. McDermid will discuss A Place of Execution in Derbyshire, the Brannigan novels using Manchester and the impossibility of Bradfield feeling real without readers being able to map their experience of Northern cities on to it. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. This event is brought to you as part of The Portico Literary Prize programme.


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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