Here’s a much-needed new venture: The Manchester Literature Festival Fringe. As a book is for life, not just October, we will be celebrating the literature of Manchester and beyond all year round.
These are very early days, so we are starting by hosting a unique set of literary-themed tours covering every aspect of literary Manchester and its environs.
Our first event will be a tour this summer of Emily Bronte’s Haworth on Saturday 28 July to mark the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth, followed by a tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester on Sunday 29 July. In October there will be a full showcase of tours as an adjunct to the established Manchester Literature Festival.
The Manchester Literature Festival Fringe is the brainchild of Ed Glinert, much-published author with Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House and Bloomsbury. Ed has annotated and edited some of the greatest works of English literature for Penguin Classics, including the entire Sherlock Holmes canon, The Diary of A Nobody, London Belongs To Me and the collected Gilbert & Sullivan libretti. He is currently trying to convince Penguin to publish Howard Spring’s Fame is the Spur as a Penguin Classic.
Ed is also a vastly experienced journalist (Manchester Evening News, Private Eye, City Life, Mojo), a widely prolific tour guide in Manchester, Liverpool and London, sought after public speaker, and compiler of the forthcoming Manchester Encyclopaedia.
Here is a list of the tours
* Charles Dickens’s Manchester, Sat 13 Oct, 11.30am, from the Queen Victoria statue, Piccadilly Gardens.
* Thomas De Quincey’s Manchester, Sat 13 Oct, 2.30pm, from St Ann’s Church.
* Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester, Mon 15 Oct, 1.30pm, from St Ann’s Church.
* Anthony Burgess’s Manchester, Tue 16 Oct, 11.30am, from St Ann’s Church.
* 1st Editions & Rarities, Wed 17 Oct, 1.30pm, from Victoria station wallmap.
* “Fame Is The Spur” – the Manchester of Howard Spring, Sat 20 Oct, 11.30am, from Central Library.
* The Literary and Lyrical Genius of Mark E. Smith, Sat 20 October, 2.30pm, from the Queen Victoria statue, Piccadilly Gardens.
* John Cooper Clarke’s Manchester, Sun 21 Oct, 12 noon from Band on the Wall.
* Literary Manchester: The Grand Tour (from the Portico Library to Anthony Burgess’s café), Wed 24 Oct, 11am from the Art Gallery.
* Manchester and the Golden Age of Poetry (from Lord Byron to Lemn Sissay), Fri 26 Sep, 11.30am from the Queen Victoria statue, Piccadilly Gardens.
* William Shakespeare’s Manchester, Fri 26 Sep, 2.30pm from the John Rylands Library.
* Ted Hughes Country, Sat 27 Sep, 11.30am from Mytholmroyd station.
* On the Trail of the Brontes, Sun 28 Sep, 1pm from Haworth steam railway station.