October’s speaker was Ruth Taylor who spoke about Manchester Wheeler’s Cycling Club.
Members went to Stockport Plaza to see ‘Me and my Girl’
Supper club went to the Deanwater Hotel
There was a visit to Quarry Bank Mill for Beth Underdown ‘Ghost Stories’
Quarry Bank Mill isone of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, home to a complete industrial community.
Beth Underdown is a New Mills author and current author in residence. She is presenting a new commission responding to the Lost Voices exhibition. These are ghost stories about love – and love stories about ghosts – that capture the voice of five women at the mill, and the echoes they left behind.
Thursday Book Club ‘The Stranger in the Mirror’ Jane Shilling
The craft workshop was ‘Felt Applique pencil cases’
Members went to “The Victorians & the Reinvention of The Italian Renaissance
From Giotto to Michelangelo, Dante to Petrarch, Florence to Rome, Italy’s Renaissance left an indelible mark on the Victorians. Former Portico Librarian, Emma Marigliano, explores how British artists and poets reinterpreted and mythologised Italian culture for the British public.
This event was brought to you by the Dante Alighieri Society in Manchester with delicious Italian nibbles and wine provided after the talk.
Members attended ‘Manchester Thinkers and Drinkers’ Pub Tour, with Suzanne Hindle
Guide Suzanne Hindle regaled us with stories and snippets of spoken word from writers past and present, including a punk poet, a communist thinker, a doomed opium dreamer, and a modern Mancunian bard. It was a page-turning, thirst-quenching tour.
Members attended Peter Youds’s talk ‘Love, War, Sherry and Tripe’
Peter Youds is the author of the acclaimed Ties of Blood series of historical novels, and the talk was an introduction to the fascinating period in which his books are set. As well as touching on military matters and politics, other topics include what people ate and drank, what they wore, their health and their love lives.