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What’s on in the local community

Posted on: May 4, 2023

It’s spring time, and the world is waking up again! At House of Books & Friends we recognise the importance of feeling connected to the community around us in helping to prevent feelings of loneliness. Looking for literary events to get involved in this month? Here are some of our top recommendations!

At only £2 a ticket via eventbrite, grab yourself a space for Jorie Graham’s online book launch of To 2040 on May 10th where she will be hosted by landscape and place author Robert Macfarlane.

Will Dean will be visiting our very own beloved bookshop on May 15th to discuss his upcoming thriller The Last Passenger, joined by author Rob Parker, where you can be inspired by Dean’s writing processes and the journey behind the book for only £5 per ticket or £20 for a ticket and a hardback copy of the book. We are also hosting author Graham Caveney, who will be discussing his book On Agoraphobia, as well as our monthly book club at the end of May.

Oldham Library will be hosting their first ever Children’s Literature Festival on the 20th May providing fun for all the family, whilst Confingo Publishing will be conducting a free evening of spoken word poetry at the Royal Oak in Chorlton on the same day. 

You can catch another author event on the 31st May at Manchester Central Library with a conversation with TJ Klune, author of The House in the Cerulean Sea. Author and award-winning west end performer Carrie Hope Fletcher will also visit The Lowry for an evening of song and conversation on May 28th. 

The Big Help Out are marking the bank holiday weekend for the King’s Coronation by giving people the chance to help out in their local community. See what you can do to help by checking out their page and website!

There’s lots to do and see in Manchester this month so shake off your winter coats and step out into the sunshine, and don’t forget to grab a coffee from us on your way!

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