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Oldham Bookmark Festival 2019

Tomorrow to Sun 28 Apr 2019 Bolton Library

Book up your diary between 23–28 April and join us for lots of fantastic fun-filled events and activities at Oldham Library for this year’s Bookmark Festival. We have a variety of adult and family events – something for everyone to enjoy.

Catherine Isaac

Catherine Isaac

Tomorrow 2pm Halewood Library

Local author Catherine Isaac began her career as a graduate trainee on the Liverpool Echo and was later appointed Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post. She wrote her first book, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave.

Murder at Grand Raj

Bookmark '19 - How to Write the Best Crime Fiction

Tomorrow 5pm - 6.30pm Oldham Library

This workshop will examine the key ingredients when writing crime fiction including opening scenes, characterisation and use of location.

Michael Ford

An Evening with M.J.Ford at Northwich Library

Tomorrow 6.30pm Northwich Library

The latest book 'Keep Her Close' has just been released, sequel to 'Hold My Hand". For those who love a thrilling page turner and following the personal lives of main characters.

Vaseem Kham Oldham

Bookmark '19 - An evening with Vaseem Khan

Tomorrow 7pm - 9pm Oldham Library

Vaseem Khan will take readers on a journey from the days of the Raj to the heart of modern India – a colourful and conflicted environment of vast new wealth and historical problems.

Anthology of tomorrow

The Anthology of Tomorrow

Wed 24 Apr 2019 6pm Manchester Central Library

Book launch with performances

Growing Pains

Bookmark '19 - An Evening with Dr Mike Shooter

Wed 24 Apr 2019 7pm - 9pm Oldham Library

The stories that children, young people and their carers have brought to Mike Shooter in his role as a consultant psychiatrist over a career spanning nearly forty years.

Catherine Mayer

Storyhouse Women Weekend 2019: Friday 26 April – Sunday 28 April.

Fri 26 Apr 2019 to Sun 28 Apr 2019 Storyhouse

Storyhouse Women Weekend is a celebration of what it means to be a women or a girl in the world today, and a chance to explore and discuss topics that affect anyone who identifies as a woman or a girl.

Quizzly Bears

World Book Night Quiz

Fri 26 Apr 2019 8pm - 10pm Manchester Central Library

Celebrate World Book Night at Central Library with the ultimate book quiz! The rather brilliant Manchester based Quizzly Bears will be hosting an evening of quality quizzing with some fabulous prizes throughout the night.

John Connolly

John Connolly

Sat 27 Apr 2019 7pm Kendal Library

Author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, the Samuel Johnson trilogy, THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS and (with @JennieRidyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders.

Afternoon Tea Oldham

Bookmark '19 - Afternoon Tea with Jacqueline Ward

Sun 28 Apr 2019 2pm - 4pm

Join local author Jacqueline Ward in conversation as she hosts an afternoon tea in the beautiful Alexandra Park conservatory. Jacqueline will be answering.

Robert Scragg What Falls Between Cracks

Robert Scragg: What Falls Between the Cracks

Mon 29 Apr 2019 2pm Prescot Library

Robert Scragg had a random mix of jobs before taking the dive into crime writing. He’s been a bookseller, pizza deliverer, karate instructor and football coach.

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Amanda Brooke

Tue 30 Apr 2019 11am

Bestselling local author Amanda Brooke began developing her writing when her young son was diagnosed with cancer. Amanda has since published eight novels and will about her latest novel Don't Turn Around



Tue 30 Apr 2019 6.30pm Bolton Library

Our next Live Literature event will feature two of the most talented younger poets on the scene: Niall Campbell and @ZaffarKunial.

Nutcase tony williams

Tony Williams: Nutcase

Fri 3 May 2019 2pm Huyton Library

Nutcase is my debut novel and tells the story of Aidan, a lad growing up in Sheffield in the 1990s.

Read Regional Scragg Falls Cracks

What Falls Beneath The Cracks: Robert Scragg

Tue 7 May 2019 6.30pm - 8pm Bredbury Library

Meet author @robert_scragg who will be talking about his debut novel "What Falls Beneath the Cracks

Murder Mystery

Murder in the Library

Tue 7 May 2019 7pm - 8.45pm

No, not really. It's a murder mystery thing

Liz Howard

Time traveller: Author talk with Liz Howard

Wed 8 May 2019 6pm - 7.30pm Halton Lea Library

Join us to hear Runcorn author Liz Howard talk about her incredible experience of hypnotic regression, how it allowed her to travel through time.

Lindsey Davies

Lindsey Davies

Thu 9 May 2019 7pm Carlisle Library

Lindsey Davis is an English historical novelist, best known as the author of the Falco series of historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire. She is a recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger award.

Clare Shaw

Meet the Poet Clare Shaw

Fri 10 May 2019 3pm - 4pm Radcliffe Library

Clare Shaw poet, and author of Flood will be talking about and reading from her collection.


The Song-a-minute Man

Wed 15 May 2019 6.30pm Great Sankey

Teddy Mac, a former club singer known as The Song-a-minute Man was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2013. His son, Simon McDermott will share a poignant tale of vanishing family memories and a celebration of his father’s love of singing

The Other

The Other: writers workshops

Thu 16 May 2019 0.01am Email for details

Writers are paired up & read each other's work aloud often creating a distinct and engaging dynamic

Robert Scragg What Falls Between Cracks

Meet the author Robert Scragg

Thu 16 May 2019 7pm Ramsbottom Library

Robert Scragg, author of What Falls Between The Cracks will be at Ramsbottom Library. Robert Scragg writes police procedural crime fiction with an interest in the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’.

Matt Cain

Matt Cain in conversation with James Edgington

Thu 16 May 2019 7pm - 8.30pm Bolton Library

We will be welcoming the fabulously charismatic Matt Cain, who will be in conversation with James Edgington about his coming of age, feel good book, ‘The Madonna of Bolton,’ which was published last summer.

Get Creative

Adult Creative Writing Taster Session with Rob Keeley

Fri 17 May 2019 2pm - 4pm Wallasey Central Library

Local award-winning children's author Rob Keeley hosts this fun introductory Creative Writing workshop for adults at Wallasey Central Library.

Matt Cain

Matt Cain - 'The Madonna of Bolton' Book Launch and Disco

Fri 17 May 2019 8pm Manchester Central Library

The brilliant author Matt Cain will be launching the paperback of his bestselling novel 'The Madonna of Bolton' at Central Library!

Walt whitman

Walt Whitman 200

Thu 23 May 2019 to Sat 25 May 2019 Bolton Library

​Welcome to the home of the Whitman Bicentennial Celebration. This wonderful weekend is set to take place on Long Island, NY (where Walt Whitman was born) on May 31st-June 2nd, 2019!

Simon Armitage

An Evening with Simon Armitage

Wed 29 May 2019 7pm - 8pm Manchester Central Library

Celebrated as ‘the most popular and prolific British poet of his generation’ (The Times) and ‘the first poet of serious artistic intent since Philip Larkin to have achieved popularity’ (Sean O’Brien).

Griffiths Shaw

Bolton Central Library presents crime writers Elly Griffiths & William Shaw

Thu 6 Jun 2019 6.30pm - 7.30pm Bolton Library

Popular bestselling writer Elly Griffiths will be talking about exciting new books -the standalone 'utterly bewitching' contemporary gothic novel, The Stranger Diaries and the latest Dr Ruth Galloway -'The Stone Circle'.

Clare Shaw Flood

Clare Shaw: Flood

Thu 13 Jun 2019 6pm Liverpool Central Library

Clare Shaw was born in Burnley. She has three poetry collections.

Kate Ellis Lemon Grove

Murder in the Lemon Grove

Sat 22 Jun 2019 6.30pm Lymm Library

OK, who did that? See that body on the floor? Was it you Dodgy Sicilian? Or was it you Ever So Innocent Archaeologist? Or the other 2? You decide. But were your right?

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