Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.
Booklaunch: Melissa Lee-Houghton, Hanna Silva & Siddartha BoseThursday, December 5th, 2013, 6:30 pm | £6/£4, adv. & door
Three of the UK’s most exciting voices launch new collections in a night of cutting-edge modern poetry from award-winning independent literary publisher Penned in the Margins.
Blackburn poet Melissa Lee-Houghton celebrates the launch of her second book, Beautiful Girls: a raw and powerful account of mental illness that has been awarded a PBS Recommendation. Hanna Silva, widely acclaimed for her innovative vocal performances, launches her debut collection Forms of Protest and Siddhartha Bose launches Digital Monsoon, where dreams trigger extraordinary visions of an apocalyptic London populated by the ghosts of a multicultural city. Hosted and introduced by Tom Chivers of Penned in the Margins www.
An evening with The Special Relationship, featuring Bad Language and Comma PressFriday, December 6th, 2013, 7:00 pm | £5, adv. & door
London's The Special Relationship is the polymath of literary evenings. Seeking out those rare folk who can write and perform, their nights regularly feature poets, authors, playwrights, journalists, comedians, film makers and even the odd rock-star. As far as we're concerned, The Special Relationship presents the perfect antidote to the pre-Christmas build up. This evening sees The Special Relationship's first visit to Manchester where they'll be overseeing the seasonal short story antics of Bad Language, films with darkly festive themes and previews of Comma Press' new and exciting literary app, Morphologies and the 2013 Short Story Day. We all know it's far too early to be Christmas shopping; come and have a drink with us instead! Click here to get your tickets in advance.
Booklaunch: WOLF TIDE: Catherine Fox and Livi Michael in conversationThursday, December 12th, 2013, 7:00 pm | Free
The second of a new series of author events in partnership with the Manchester Writing School at MMU launches Catherine Fox’s latest young-adult novel, WOLF TIDE. 17 year-old Anabara Nolio is descended from a long line of warriors. She is also a private investigator. When tasked with discovering the truth about the university library’s lost books she thinks it’s a simple case. But the city isle of Laridy is riddled with dark secrets and ancient magic – a legacy from historic dealings with the realm of the Fairy.
Catherine will be reading from the book and in conversation with fellow novelist and children’s author Livi Michael. She’ll also be discussing how “mid-list” novelists have had to diversify to see their work in print, how her next book was partly crowd-sourced via Twitter, how she’s used blogs and social media to secure a publisher.
The event will open with some short readings from TIMELINES, MMU’s collection of short historical fiction for teens, featuring stories and illustrations by students of the Manchester Writing School and Manchester School of Art at MMU. Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar, and there’ll be a special bookstall, with signing after the event. Read more about WOLF TIDE on the blog: http://wolftide.blogspot.co.