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The autumn Manchester Literature Festival is on and we at New Manchester Walks are leading a host of literary themed tours covering every single aspect of the written word – not just in October, but all year round!

The tours have been devised by New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert, author, editor, journalist, the only Manchester writer and tour guide whose books have been published by Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury.

Here’s the programme. Please let us know if you’re likely to attend. Some of these can be booked on eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you.

Sat 7 Oct Literary Manchester Coach Tour. A road trip around Manchester in honour of Love On the Dole, Fame is the Spur, Hard Times, Don Juan, The Masque of Anarchy, Salome Malone and plenty of Anthony Burgess in his centenary year. Meet coach stop, Albert Square, 10.30am. This must be booked through eventbrite.

Thu 12 Oct Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester. Meet St Ann’s Church, 10.30am.

Sat 14 Oct Charles Dickens’s Manchester – Hard Times. Meet Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Gardens, 11am.

Sat 14 Oct Thomas de Quincey’s Manchester. On the trail of the opium-eater. Meet St Ann’s Church, 2pm.

Tue 17 Oct Anthony Burgess’s Manchester. The future’s clockwork; the future’s orange. Meet St Ann’s Church, 10.45am.

Tue 17 Oct Literary 1st Editions and Rarities. The rarely seen treasures of Chetham’s, Rylands, Central Library and the Portico. Meet Victoria Station wallmap, 1.30pm.

Sat 21 Oct Ted Hughes Country – Hills, Hymns, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall. Meet Mytholmroyd station, 12.30pm.

Sun 22 Oct On the Trail of the Brontes. Meet Haworth Steam Railway Station, 1pm.

Thu 9 Nov Manchester & the Golden Age of English Poetry. Don Juan, The Masque of Anarchy, The Lady of Shalott, In Memoriam, Astarte Syriaca … Meet Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Gardens, 11am.

Thu 9 Nov William Shakespeare’s Manchester. What is the city but the people? (Coriolanus). Meet entrance, John Rylands Library, 1.30pm. Ends with a look at a first folio.

Thu 18 Jan On the Literary Trail of The Manchester Man. Meet Victoria Station wallmap, 2pm.

Thu 25 Jan Fame Is The Spur – The Manchester of Howard Spring. Meet Central Library, St Peter’s Square, 1.30pm.

Thu 22 Mar Literary Manchester: The Grand Tour. Meet Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Gardens, 1.30pm.

Sun 25 Mar On the Trail of the Brontes. Meet Haworth Steam Railway Station, 1pm.