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Family Day Poetry Morning with Matt Goodfellow

Today 11.30am Oldham Library

Matt Goodfellow will kick start the festival’s family day with a high energy, fun-filled and interactive poetry session. Take part in rhyme games and activities and create a poem together.


Bookmark Festival: Bookish

Today 6.30pm - 8pm Oldham Library

Five mini comedy shows each inspired by a different book and you get to choose which ones you see!

Wirral Local History Month

Wirral Libraries Local History Month

Thu 5 Apr 2018 to Mon 30 Apr 2018 Birkenhead Central

Local talks for Wirral people, inc. on war, West Kirby waterfront, suffragists and Britain's first policewoman. Events all over Wirral Libraries,

Knowsley Crime

A A Dhand

Mon 23 Apr 2018 11am Halewood Library

Girl Zero’ is a tense, forty-eight hours in the life of “DI Harry Virdee”, and the follow-up novel to the best-selling Bradford-based debut, ‘Streets of Darkness’.

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Meet the Author ~ David Hewitt (Burscough)

Mon 23 Apr 2018 2pm - 3.30pm Burcough Library

Come and meet author David Hewitt talking about his latest book, Joseph 17. A true but unusual story of a man caught up in the first world war and about the things that war made even great men do.

Katie Thistleton

Katie Thistleton (World Book Night)

Mon 23 Apr 2018 4pm - 5.30pm Oldham Library

Join CBBC’s TV and radio presenter Katie Thistleton as she talks about mental health and her new book Dear Katie: Real Problems, Real Advice.

Sahera Patel

Meet author Sahera Patel on World Book Night

Mon 23 Apr 2018 6pm Blackburn Library

Sahera Patel is a female British Muslim, teacher and public speaker, born in Bolton and now living in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Her parents were originally from India, offering her a diverse experience of two cultures.


Bookmark Festival: An Austentatious Murder

Mon 23 Apr 2018 7pm - 9pm Oldham Library

Acknowledging Jane Austen as one of mankind’s most gifted writers on the subject of love and the human condition, tech developers have created the ‘Austen Algorithm’ - the key to finding the perfect partner.

mad blood mayo

An Afternoon with Simon Mayo

Tue 24 Apr 2018 1.30pm - 3pm Oldham Library

Join Simon Mayo for an afternoon of relaxed conversation around his debut adult novel.

Knowsley Crime

Ian Marsh

Tue 24 Apr 2018 2pm Prescot Library

Dr Ian Marsh, from Prescot, has been a university lecturer for many years and has taught, researched and written widely on crime and criminal justice.

Poetry Book Society

Poetry Book Society Special

Tue 24 Apr 2018 6.30pm - 8pm Bolton Library

English and Creative Writing at Bolton University are proud to partner again with Bolton Library and Museum Services for a new season of literary events

Weaver Words

Weaver Words Frodsham Literature Festival

Wed 25 Apr 2018 to Sun 29 Apr 2018 Frodsham Library

Talks, events, workshops, competitions ... with the theme of a sense of place. Venues throughout Frodsham and surrounding area.

Spanish Son Salter Smith

Martin Salter-Smith

Fri 27 Apr 2018 10.30am Dalton Library

Martin Salter-Smith will be at Dalton library on Friday 27th April 10.30am to talk about his latest thriller set to the backdrop of the Spanish civil war.

jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward in Conversation

Fri 27 Apr 2018 7pm Manchester Central Library

‘Jesmyn Ward digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare. A must read.’ Margaret Atwood

Wirral Local History Month

Local History Month: Edith Smith - Britain's first policewoman

Sat 28 Apr 2018 2.30pm - 3.30pm Birkenhead Central

Britain's first policewoman by Bob Knowles at Birkenhead Central Library

Antony Dunn

Read Regional Poetry workshop and readings with Antony Dunn

Tue 1 May 2018 6.30pm - 8pm Marple Library

Join us for an Exploring Poetry sessions, where you can read and discuss contemporary poetry in a friendly environment. Exploring Poetry is for anyone who wants to find out more about contemporary poetry, how to read it and which poets to look out for.

Rebecca Fleet

Celebrate National Crime Reading Month with Rebecca Fleet

Fri 4 May 2018 1pm - 2pm Bolton Library

Exciting debut crime writer Rebecca Fleet will be talking about her explosive new thriller ‘The House Swap’.

Rachel Abbott Sharon Bolton

Celebrate National Crime Reading Month with Rachel Abbott and Sharon Bolton

Tue 8 May 2018 1pm - 2.30pm Bolton Library

Award winning crime writers Rachel Abbott and Sharon Bolton will be talking about their thrilling new books.

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From Pitt Street to Granby – Book Launch with Professor Mike Boyle, Tony Wailey and Madeline Heneghan

Tue 8 May 2018 6.30pm Toxteth Library

Join Professor Mike Boyle, director of the ‘Go Higher’ programme at Liverpool University, writer and historian Tony Wailey and Madeline Heneghan, Co-Director of Writing on the Wall for the launch of From Pitt Street to Granby.

Chris Simms

Author Event - Chris Simms

Wed 9 May 2018 7pm - 8pm Bredbury Library

Join us for an audience with super seller crime author Chris Simms. Chris will be speaking about his latest novel in the Jon Spicer series "Death Games"

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Zoe Sharp at Ellesmere Port Library

Thu 10 May 2018 2pm Ellesmere Port Library

A talk with bestselling author Zoe Sharp, writer of the bestselling Charlie Fox series, described as a female version of Jack Reacher.

Tall thin photo of writer dessed as detective holding a gun

Zoe Sharp at Upton Library

Thu 10 May 2018 7pm Upton Library

A talk with bestselling author Zoe Sharp, writer of the bestselling Charlie Fox series, described as a female version of Jack Reacher.

Wordpool 2018

Wordpool's Festival of Written Word

Tue 15 May 2018 9am to Thu 17 May 2018 9pm Various

Blackpool festival 15th to 17th May

Art Deco Wordpool

G & Tea : An evening with some of your favourite authors from the world of Romantic Fiction…

Tue 15 May 2018 6.30pm - 9.30pm Blackpool Central Library

Save the date

Elisabeth Carpenter

99 Reasons to join Elisabeth Carpenter for Brunch

Wed 16 May 2018 11am - 12.30pm Palatine Library

Here are just a few of the 99 Reasons why you will want to join Elisabeth Carpenter for brunch…

Joanne Hickson

Cream Tea with Joanna Hickson

Wed 16 May 2018 3pm - 5pm Moor Park Library

Enjoy a cream tea with historical author Joanna Hickson. Joanna will be talking to us about The Tudor Crown which focuses on the mother of young Henry Tudor, Lady Margaret Beaufort.

Seaside Special

Seaside Special: Postcards from the Edge

Wed 16 May 2018 6pm - 7.30pm Blackpool Central Library

Wordpool is delighted to be working with Independent publishers BlueMoose Books to launch this eagerly awaited anthology of short stories inspired by the North-West coast.

Mark Billingham

Love Like Blood – Mark Billingham

Wed 16 May 2018 8pm - 9.30pm Blackpool Central Library

Crime Writer Mark Billingham will be discussing the 14th book in his Tom Thorne series with Head of Blackpool Libraries Mark McCree.

Writers Day

Writers’ Day with Comma Press

Thu 17 May 2018 12 noon - 4.30pm Blackpool Central Library

Following on from the success of last year’s Writers’ Day, Wordpool is delighted to partner with Comma Press on a full-day programme of events for writers wanting to hone their skills and learn more about the journey to publication.

Shami Charkrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti - Of Women

Thu 17 May 2018 4pm Toxteth Library

In Of Women, Shami Chakrabarti argues that gender injustice is arguably the greatest human rights abuse on the planet.

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A Cartoon History of Here

Thu 17 May 2018 7pm - 8.30pm Pendleton Library

Comedy, cartoonery, poetry and improv created by tonight's audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband.

working class writers

Let’s Talk About Class – Working Class Writers Finding A Voice

Thu 17 May 2018 7pm Toxteth Library

“What’s life like, even today, if you’re a writer from the other side of the tracks?” asks international bestseller Kit de Waal. Join our talented panel of writers, Kit de Waal, Catherine O’Flynn, James Rice.

Jenn Ashworth

Jenn Ashworth introduces Fell

Mon 21 May 2018 6pm Ingleton Library

Fell is a novel about healing and hope set in Grange-over-Sands in the early 1960s. It tells two entwined stories. In 1963 Jack, his wife Netty and their young daughter Annette meet a charismatic and mysterious stranger while on a day out at the lido.

England beneath skin

Author Caroline England

Mon 21 May 2018 7.30pm - 9pm Coppice Library

Celebrate National Crime Reading Month with author Caroline England who will be talking about her new novel, My Husband's Lies.

Naomi Kruger

Meet the Author: Naomi Krüger (Leyland) #dementia

Tue 22 May 2018 2.30pm - 3.30pm Leyland Library

Local author, Naomi Krüger, will present her debut novel, May; the book is about the complexities of memory and is partly narrated by a character with Dementia.


Jeffery Deaver: The Cutting Edge

Wed 23 May 2018 7.30pm Storyhouse

Number one bestselling author and ultimate thriller writer Jeffery Deaver is in the UK for a limited time to talk about his brand new Lincoln Rhyme investigation and you can catch him in person at Storyhouse…


Pulp Idol Novel Writing Competition Final 2018

Tue 29 May 2018 7pm Toxteth Library

Announcing Pulp Idol guest judges representing two of the largest literary agencies in the UK: Laura Williams (Peters, Fraser and Dunlop) and Lucy Morris (Curtis Brown).

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Swallows and Amazons

Fri 1 Jun 2018 2.15pm and 9 more Storyhouse

A new stage version by Bryony Lavery. Based on the children’s novels by Arthur Ransome

Eve of Man

Tom and Giovanna Fletcher Book Signing

Sat 2 Jun 2018 4pm - 6pm Manchester Central Library

Come and meet Tom & Giovanna Fletcher at Manchester Central Library. Purchase price includes one copy of Eve of Man.

qaisra shahraz

Qaisra Shahraz

Tue 19 Jun 2018 7pm Oldham Library

Qaisra will be launching her new collection of short stories, The Concubine and the Slave-Catcher and reading from her story The Journey, highlighting the biggest refugee crisis in the world with millions migrating to Pakistan from India overnight.

Jenn Ashworth

Jenn Ashworth

Wed 27 Jun 2018 7pm Grange Over Sands Library

Fell is a novel about healing and hope set in Grange-over-Sands in the early 1960s. It tells two entwined stories. In 1963 Jack, his wife Netty and their young daughter Annette meet a charismatic and mysterious stranger while on a day out at the lido...

Phaedra brunch

Books and Brunch with Phaedra Patrick

Sat 30 Jun 2018 11am - 1pm Oldham Library

The bestselling author of award-winning The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper returns with a warm, poignant new novel about family, forgiveness and finding your own way to shine…

Jenn Ashworth

Read Regional author event - Jenn Ashworth

Tue 10 Jul 2018 6.30pm - 8pm Bramhall Library

Meet Preston born author Jenn Ashworth. Jenn will be talking about her novel Fell.

National Poetry Day 2018 logo

National Poetry Day

Thu 4 Oct 2018

Expect an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together.

Stacey Dooley

An Afternoon with Stacey Dooley

Sun 14 Oct 2018 2.30pm Storyhouse

In her first book, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, Stacey draws on her encounters with these brave and wonderful women, using their experiences as a vehicle to explore issues at the centre of female experience.

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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