Wednesday, 5 September 2012

September 2012 - Events for Book Lovers, Writers and Curious Souls

A new month - new events! 

From book releases (read my highlights here), to a new batch of bookish events and films, it is all up for grabs and some of it it's free, so you have no excuse to stay home!


Our much loved favourites.

Geek Up
Thu 6th Sep ~ The New Continental's Open Mic Night takes place the first Thursday of the month and is particularly good if you are a poetry writer. More information here. Admission is free, 8.30pm start, but if you are planning to perform, you must put your name forward beforehand. 

Mon 17th Sep ~ Geek Up takes place every third Monday of the month at The Continental in Preston and it's a dedicated networking event for people working or interested in the Internet & Technology Industry. As a blogger, I will definitely be attending the one this month. 7.30pm, free admission. Find out more here. 

Fri 21st Sep ~ Spotlight - Lancaster Litfest's Open Mic night takes place the third Friday of the month and works as a platform for poets, writers, comedians and musicians. Find further information by visiting their website here. Again, like with the Continental's Open Mic Night, if you wish to be part of the line up, you must contact them in advance.

Mon 24th Sep ~ scRibble Creative Writing Group meets at The Continental the last Monday of every month to share their work and exchange feedback. Free, 7.30 start. Read how to get involved here.

Although they don't seem to have anything booked for this month, Burnley Writers Circle meets the second Saturday of every month offering workshops, writing challenges, feedback and writing competitions. You must become a member (£15 per year) and sessions cost £2 per person towards room hire and coffees. Further information here.

Lunchtime Classics happens once a month and is a 40 minutes introduction to works of classic literature by hearing it read out loud. Time: 1pm Tickets: £4/ £2 (Concession) Please contact Lancaster Litfest for future dates. Tel:  01524 62166 


This month seems to have a focus on crime fiction; however, there is plenty going on - including some big names. 

E. L. James
Thu 6th Sep ~ E. L. James, the author behind the writing sensation that has become Fifty Shades of Grey, visits Waterstones Piccadilly (London) for a signing. Details here.

Wed 12th Sep ~ crime writer Matina Cole will be in conversation with author Debra Morgan about her new novel The Life at Waterstone's Liverpool. Book here.

Sat 15th Sep ~ John Connolly visits Waterstones Preston to sign copies of his new crime fiction - The Warth of Angels. More information here.

Wed 19th Sep ~ in an evening sponsored by The Times, ex- Prime Minister John Major visits Waterstones Piccadilly to talk about his book My Old Man. Find out more here.

Fri 28th Sep ~ fantasy writer Brent Weeks visits Waterstones Deansgate Manchester to talk about the second book in his Lightbringer Trilogy - The Blinding Knife. This is his first visit to the UK in 15 years. Further information here

Mon 24th Sep ~ Tarun J. Tejpal talks to BBC Commentator Claire Fox about his latest thriller - The Story of My Assassins - at Foyles Charing Cross. Read more about it here.

Tue 25th Sep ~ Harald Welzer and Sonker Neitzel meet historian and author Frederick Taylor at Waterstones Piccadilly to talk about their book Soldaten, which is based around the bugged conversations of soldiers after the Second World War, affording shocking insights into the psychology of Nazism and the harsh realities of soldiering. More details here.

Thu 27th Sep ~ Time Out Live: Salman Rushdie (also known as Joseph Anton) will be in conversation with David Aaronovitch at Bloomsbury Theatre . His story reminds me of the book I have just reviewed - The Blasphemer (read about it here). 
"On 14 February, 1989, Salman Rushdie was 'sentenced to death' by the Ayatollah Khomeini, for writing The Satanic Verses. He was forced underground, moving from house to house under armed protection. To mark the release of his memoir of the fatwa, one of our greatest living novelists tells his remarkable story for the first time." More information on this event here

J K Rowling
Thu 27th Sep ~ Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling will be signing books and chatting to BBC journalist Mark Lawson about her new adult novel The Casual Vacancy. Southbank Centre, London. Click here to buy tickets.
Sat 29th Sep ~ Joseph Delaney, local writer and author of the children's series Spooks, visits Waterstones Preston and Blackpool at 10.30am and 3pm respectively to sign copies of his new book Spooks #11: Slither's Tale. More about it here


To celebrate the re-launch of their City and Pocket guidebook range, Lonely Planet has teamed up with artist Adrian Brannan to produce the Every City Tells a Story Exhibition. Held at Foyles Charing Cross, London, from the 1st to the 14th of September. Details here.

BookMachine hits Oxford on Thursday September 6th to host a party and networking event for anyone working in the publishing industry. If you're around and work in the publishing world, don't forget to drop by! Tickets: FREE, Time: 6.00pm; Place: Ashmolean Dining Room, Oxford. Register here

The Inpress Poetry Garden Market takes place on the lawns of the Royal Festival Hall (London) on Thursday September 13th from 11am until 9pm. If you like poetry, it's a must. Find out more here.

On Tuesday September 20th Waterstones Piccadilly and the British Museum invite you to Shakespeare: staging the world exhibition - an unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city as seen through the lens of Shakespeare's plays. Curator Dora Thornton and acclaimed Shakespearean Jonathan Bate will bring Shakespeare's world to life through a discussion of this new work. More information here.

Isle of Man will host its very own Literature Festival for the first time this month! Manx LitFest will take place from the 27th to the 30th of September and it has an very interesting line up. Click here for the schedule.

Bath Festival of Children's Literature takes place from the 28th of September to the 7th of October and will see talks, signings or workshops by Harper Collins authors Oliver Jeffers, Michael Morpurgo, Lauren Child and Helen Dunmore as well as OUP writers Ali Sparkes, Gill Lewis, Matt Dickinson (read my review of his book Mortal Chaos here), Julia Green, Sarah Hammond, and illustrators Layn Marlow and Korky Paul. See here for the schedule.


The Word Festival takes place on September 22nd at Astley Hall in Chorley and it offers writers an opportunity to network, develop their careers and even take part in the 'Writing Astley Hall' project. Click here for events and tickets.

The Publishing Training Certer is running a Children's Illustrated Book Editor Course from the 26th to the 27th of September. The course aims to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to deliver a children's illustrated book following approved specification and style, on time and on budge. Further information here.  


The John Rylands Library
There are series of local festivals happening this month including Food Festivals (Bolton, Cheshire, Manchester and the Feast Market in St Anne's Sq. Manchester) and Music Festivals (Ramsbottom and Salford). So get your gear on and let's get cracking!

Preston Guild is on full swing until the 9th of SeptemberThe Guild takes place every 20 years and it celebrates all things Preston. Parties, music performances, showcases... It's all going on in Preston. So don't forget to check what's on

Willis Hall's theatre adaptation of CharlotBrontë's novel Jayne Eyre comes to Oldham Library on Wednesday the 5th of September. Buy your tickets here

Built in the 1890s, The John Rylands Library is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world; both the building and its collections are of outstanding international significance. And you can explore its beauty on a guided tour held on Sunday 9th of September. For times and tickets click here. 

The Portico Library

The Portico Library is another gorgeous one in Manchester and from the 8th to the 9th of September it will become the destination of Heritage Open Days. This is a free event and you'll basically receive a guided tour of the library. See opening hours here.

Oldham Literary Weekend happens from the 14th to the 17th of September and it aims to broaden your horizons by putting together a very interesting list of events. See the schedule here.

Also, don't forget to also check your local library for events happening on your door step. You can  have a look at the ones happening in Lancashire Libraries by clicking here.

So there! This should be a busy month for us bookworms. :) And October looks even better with all sorts of Literature Festivals taking place. So stay tuned to the October list later this month. 

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