Exhibiting artist Jane Lawson leads a collaborative session to develop a handbook of methods to identify and respond to ‘fake news’. Discuss the history of the phenomenon and its relation to new technologies.
During the Cotton Famine, an outpouring of poetry told of the despair and suffering endured by the people of Lancashire. Academics at the University of Exeter have been working to build an accessible database of these poems and to launch this resource there will be a mixture of recitation and song set in the context of the project and this important history. As well as entertainment, there will also be information provided on how to use the database. Come along to this event in celebration of the database launch to hear the poems and pay tribute to the past.
‘“They slowly paced the gradual ascent”: taking time with Jane Austen’s novels.’ This talk will propose that slow reading of key sentences and paragraphs – awarding them the close attention more often invited by poetry – can draw us into the heart of Jane Austen’s writing. Examples will be chosen from Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. Bill Hutchings is an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester.
Join the exhibitors to hear about the background of the works on display and the ideas and processes behind their practices. Refreshments will be available, and the artists will be joined by Allie Johns, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Digital Human Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University. Allie will draw on her accompanying short article ‘A little digital learning is a dangerous thing. Or is it?’
The Chanteuse aka Lucy Hope, has released an album of songs written by eminent French writer, Patrick Modiano (Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014). It is little known that Modiano penned exquisite lyrics for some of the famous yéyé recording artists in the late 60s/early 70s. The Chanteuse will be bringing these songs to a 'salon' at the Portico Library.
Hear from the artists featured in our June 2018 exhibition Beautiful Monsters and ask…
The Portico Library will be closed to the public and library members for a private wedding event.
Take part in a free event dedicated to Manchester’s Women, such as Margaret Ashton, who are specifically associated with The Portico Library and who celebrate Protest, Democracy and Freedom of Speech.
On the 16th of August 1819 Manchester was witness to the most dramatic political incident in British history - so says Ed Glinert of New Manchester Walks. 60,000 people met at St Peter's Field, near The Portico Library, to demonstrate for the right to vote and against the unjust laws of the period.
A Patron of The Portico Library, Melvin Burgess is an award-winning author of children's and young adult fiction. Often referred to as 'the godfather of teen fiction' by the British press, his novel Junk, published in 1996, was widely lauded for its realistic portrayal of youth, drugs and sex.
Guided tours start from The Bank Pub 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!
Join us on international Darwin Day for a talk that traces human evolution from 8m years ago to today's global population. Dr Reinmar Hager (University of Manchester) identifies the key phases in our human history and asks what our future looks like.
Using artist Nicola Dale’s work as a starting point, experts from different fields of study debate what aspects of “knowledge” are gained or lost through the rapid changes in communication and technology.
“Tutto il cielo e’ splendente” is the first Italian translation of the work of poet Christina Rossetti. This new book will be presented with readings in both languages and a musical interlude. Italian wine and nibbles provided.
Adelle Stripe's Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is a novel inspired by the life and work of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. Best known for her classic black comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too!, Dunbar wrote three plays before dying at a tragically young age. This new literary portrayal features a cast of real and imagined characters set against the backdrop of the infamous Buttershaw estate during the Thatcher era.
GUT HEALING is a live event delivered by artist and curator Amy Lawrence with invited local artists, in response to the themes and texts of The Portico Library’s current exhibition Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery & Abolition in Manchester. It includes among other elements an immersive all-female participatory work created by Lawrence herself, influenced by her ongoing research into the relationships between women's voices and the abolition, in particular Sojourner Truth's iconic 'Ain't I a Woman' speech of 1851
This illustrated talk will explore the landmark 2007 exhibition Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery curated by SuAndi, Kevin Dalton Johnson, Emma Poulter and Alan Rice at the Whitworth Art Gallery.
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.
'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.