Festival Fever

The sun may be long gone and the nights are drawing in, but Mancunia is awash with a feel good festival vibe!  

Hot on the heels of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, we’re already in the midst of the Manchester Literature Festival.  http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/ Now, for some one who loves Manchester, obsesses about Literature and is partial to the odd Festival, you’d think this’d be right up my street.  Well it is, but…I’m finding it really hard to engage with any of the events.  The one that appeals the most is the Anthony Burgess Tour but I’m busy that day sadly.  Which remind me, I’m glad they’ve made the hub at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, serving to highlight a great but underused resource / venue we have here in the city centre:  http://www.anthonyburgess.org/    I’ll do a review soon…

Perhaps I’ll find it easier to get my teeth into the plethora of comedic on talent at the next big event of festival season, Manchester Comedy Festival.  There’s heaps going on for all price ranges.  Check out all the listings here:


Talking of getting your teeth into something, the Royal Exchange is offering a brilliant series of new stage works until 5th November and for £10 the title tells you exactly what you get: A Play, A Pie and A Pint.   http://www.royalexchange.org.uk/event.aspx?id=453  The marvellous thing is they even have 45 minute shows at lunch time for you to scoff your pie to.  Beats queuing at Greggs!

The next biggie is not really my bag (quilted or cross stitched) but this weekend also sees Manchester play host to another event, which fortunately doesn’t have the word ‘festival’ in the title or I’d be starting to sound repetitive – it’s the Great Northern Contemporary Crafts Fair  http://www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk/

And finally, I’ll be joining the throngs of hopefuls tomorrow morning trying to snaffle Stone Roses tickets for their Heaton Park gigs. The news of their reunion has put a collective smile on the faces on most Mancunions this week.  Who needs the summer sun after all?


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