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Charles Dickens’s Manchester (Literature Festival)

Start:
17/10/2019 2:30 pm
End:
17/10/2019 4:15 pm
Cost:
around £10
Venue:
Queen Victoria Statue
Address:
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Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 1RG

Next tour: Thursday 17 October 2019.
Meet: Queen Victoria Statue (where else?!), Piccadilly Gardens, 2.30pm.
Booking: Please book through the Manchester Literature Festival.

Here’s a great review of this tour on TripAdvisor.

I booked myself and some Irish/Canadian visitors on a special Charles Dickens’s Manchester tour to coincide with the Manchester Literary Festival. It was a superb way to get new insights into some familiar parts of the city and to discover fascinating facts about places that I have often walked past without appreciating their historic and cultural significance.

Ed Glinert, our tour guide and author of “The Manchester Compendium” (also highly recommended, available on amazon), was excellent. His selection of essential and quirky details, delivered with dry wit in an east London accent, were spot on. I was a student in Manchester in the 1980s and have family there so I now visit the city every month. The tour made me realise how much there is still to discover about the place and it was great to see how much my visitors, on their first trip to the city, enjoyed finding out about the place. I will definitely do more of New Manchester Walks tours and would highly recommend them.

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Here’s the synopsis
Bleak House starts with a one-word sentence: “London”. Charles Dickens probably considered starting “Hard Times” with a similar one-word sentence: “Manchester”, except that he hedged his bets by calling his mythical Northern city “Coketown”.

Nevertheless the great novelist spent much time in Manchester, appearing at The Athenaeum and Free Trade Hall, and hanging loose with Harrison Ainsworth.

We remember the best of times, the worst of times.

* The walk is taking place during the Manchester Literature Festival and includes a visit to the Portico Library. It is led by Ed Glinert, Penguin author and editor of Penguin Classics’ Sherlock Holmes stories.

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