2019 Programme

This year Altrincham Word Fest is bigger and better than ever!  With events and workshops on poetry, blogging, creative writing, comedy, crime fiction, Alan Turing ‘s Manchester and advice on publishing your own work we have something for everyone. Whether you want to learn, perform or just listen –  you will find something to inspire you!

Saturday 11th May

David Gaffney, Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Workshop:  Creating a Short Story in 150 words with the king of the form,  David Gaffney 

Time:  2pm until 4pm

Venue: altspace, Kennedy House 1F, 31 Stamford Street, Altrincham

Cost: £12

Learn how to reduce a thousand words to 150 without losing a thing. Full of practical, fun exercises, this session will leave you wondering why anything has to be  longer than a side of A4!

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Sunday 12th May 

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Blogging and Beyond with award winning lifestyle blogger Susan Earlam

Time: 2pm until 4pm

Venue: Altirncham Town Hall, 25 Market Street

Cost: £7 ( includes afternoon tea)

Susan is a successful women’s lifestyle blogger who is now writing her first novel. She will be discussing blogging, ‘life online’ and her development as a writer with Digital Witch, Victoria Sorzano.

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Tuesday 14th May 

Cath Staincliffe (14th May)

An Evening with Cath Staincliffe

Time: 7pm

Venue: Altrincham Town Hall, 25 Market Street

Cost: £7 ( includes refreshments)

An evening with Cath Staincliffe, creator of TV Series Blue Murder and award winning writer of  the Sal Kilkenny private eye series. She will discuss her ‘life of crime’ and her latest novels which deal with contemporary issues like transphobic hate crime and an adoption that goes very wrong indeed.

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Wednesday 15th May

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That’s What She Said

Time: 7pm

Venue: Coco’s Lounge, Stamford New Road, Altrincham

Cost: £10

That’s What She Said is a spoken word night for women and non-binary writers. It usually takes place at Tribeca in Manchester but is coming for Altrincham for one night only! An exhilarating evening of  the best new writing and performance  hosted by Jane Clare Bradley

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Thursday 16th May 

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An evening of experimental poetry with Tom Jenks with visual artist Kevin Linnane

Time: 7pm

Venue: Pi Bar, 18 Shaw’s Road Altrincham

Cost: £5

An evening of performance poetry from Tom Jenks experimental poet writer, librettist and performance artist. Visual artist Kevin Linnane will produce his responses to Tom’s work during the evening.

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Friday 17th May

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Comedy Stand Up with Whatsthesketch

Time: 7pm

Venue: Altrincham Town Hall, 25 Market Street

Cost: £7 (includes refreshments)

Improvised comedy night with themes provided by the audience. The event is a collaboration with ‘Whatsthesketch’, an Altrincham based contemporary theatre company. It’s going to be very interactive!

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Saturday 18th May

Clare Stuart (18th May)

 Put Pen to Paper with Clare Stuart

Time: 10:30am to 12:30

Venue: Altrincham Library, 2 Pott Street, Altrincham

Cost: £10

A fun and informal workshop – all you will need to bring is a pen and paper! No prior knowledge of poetry or expressive writing is required, just a willingness to experiment with words in a supportive environment.

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Saturday 18th May

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Life Writing and Personal Narrative with Kate Feld 

Time : 2pm until 4pm

Venue: altspace, Kennedy House 1F, Stamford Street, Altrincham

Cost: £12

Kate was so inspiring last year we had to ask her back! This workshop is suitable for total beginners and experienced writers alike, we’ll discuss examples of inspiring short-form memoir and personal essays, learn about different writing techniques and start work on a piece based on your own life experience.

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Monday 20th May

Dave-Haslam (20th May)

Sonic Youth Slept on my Floor, Music, Manchester and More: An Evening with Dave Haslam

Time : 7pm

Venue: Pi Bar, 18 Shaw’s Road Altrincham

Cost: £7

Dave was a DJ during the Hacienda’s headiest days. His memoir documents his years at the iconic club and on the Manchester music scene, hob nobbing with Tony Wilson, Terry Hall, Neneh Cherry, David Byrne and many more.

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Tuesday 21st May

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Alan Turing’s Manchester: An Evening with Jonathan Swinton

Time: 7pm

Venue: Altrincham Town Hall, 25 Market Street

Cost: £5

Jonathan Swinton‘s new book is about the Manchester that Turing experienced on his arrival in 1948 and what it was like to make new friends and lovers in the bombed-out,post-war city and its suburbs, including Altrincham.

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Wednesday 22nd May

Poetry Open mic (22nd May) Replacement

Poetry Open Mic Evening

Time: 7pm

Venue: Coco’s Lounge, Stamford New Road, Altrincham

Cost: £5

For all poets no matter what vintage or level of experience. Don’t be shy, come and perform your work to a supportive audience at this informal evening. Or listen!

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Thursday 23rd May

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An Evening with David Nolan – King of Manc Noir

Time: 7pm

Venue: Altrincham Town Hall, 25 Market Street

Cost: £7

David will be discussing his career as a journalist, documentary maker and now writer of gripping Manchester based crime thriller, Black Moss, with David Prior, editor of Altrincham Today.

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Saturday 25th May

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How to Get Your Work Published

Time: 3pm until 5pm

Venue: Altrincham Town Hall, 25 Market Street

Cost: £10

Nicholas Royle, is a writer, editor, publisher, creative writing lecturer and supporter of new writers. If you are looking for advice about finding a publisher, either on-line or in print, for your work – Nicholas has all the answers.

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Sunday 26th May

Write your rant (26th May)

Write Your Rant!

Stop the Press!!!!!

By popular demand we have had to change our deadline again!!! We will now accept entries until Friday the 17th May.

Are you 11-18 years olds, living or studying in Altrincham or the surrounding area?  Is there something that gets on your nerves, exasperates you or raises your hackles? Why not let off steam and write a rant? Let it all out in no more than 250 words – speech, story, poem, prose – whatever you like and send it to us at altrinchamchamwordfest@gmail.com.  You’ll feel much better AND you’ll be in the running for a cash prize and the opportunity to perform your rant at a free Word Fest event on Sunday 26th May at Altrincham Town Hall.

Time: 3pm

Venue: Altrincham Town Hall, 25 Market Street

Free admission