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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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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

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 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

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.

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 - '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'.

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