Next tour: Sat 18 October 2014.
Start: Midland Hotel steps, 5pm.
Booking: This one must be booked with the Manchester Literary Festival via Quaytickets. (Booking will probably start in August).
“It was the best of pints; it was the the worst of pints.”
So begins Charles Dickens’s classic drinking novel, An Ale of Two Cities. Indeed the ghosts of Dickens and of Anthony Burgess, Brendan Behan and Thomas De Quincey haunt the barstools and taprooms of many a Manchester tavern. To find them we’ll go to the Bank below the Portico Library and the Peveril of the Peak, still standing in all its green tiled glory, the shape mesmerisingly fanciful, the clothes line slung over the roof garden, named after Walter Scott’s 1823 novel. And as good bohemians we’ll drink in tales of opium eaters and clockwork oranges, and raise a glass to the forgers of fanciful fables.