Literary Events To Get Excited About

This week at Go See This, we’ve decided to focus on the fantastic literary events popping up in the coming weeks. Whether you’re a fan of the classics, love new writing or you’re looking for a bit of magic, we’re certain that there’s something for you in our exciting selection.

Wizards, witches and even muggles are invited to Deansgate’s Waterstones for some Hogwarts fun on Thursday 2 February at 6pm for Harry Potter Book Night 2017. Come dressed as your favourite character and join in with the potion making, magical crafts and wizarding duels. If you know your Hippogriff from your Hungarian Horntail, make sure that you stay around for the Harry Potter Book Night Quiz Spectacular at 7pm.

Visit the home of history’s most famous literary sisters in Haworth at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Take a step back in time and see the streets and corridors that Emily, Charlotte and Anne tread almost 200 years ago. There’s a whole host of events to be enjoyed at the museum and plenty of places to explore in Haworth. We would definitely recommend channeling your inner Cathy and Heathcliff and going for a stroll on the moors.

If you’re looking for a book club, we might have found the perfect one! A Victorian Book Club is hosted at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Plymouth Grove on the third Thursday of every month. Drop in to the next session on 16 February and join in with discussions about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. After you’ve exhausted yourself reliving the atrocities of the novel, take a tour of Gaskell’s house and lighten your mood with tales from Cranford.

It’s been hailed as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester and now it’s back! Head to Fallow Café in Fallowfield to hear a special short-short story showcase with Verbose. The first outing of 2017 will be Monday 23 January and this refreshing entertainment can be enjoyed on the fourth Monday of every month. Entry is free and doors open at 7.30pm. If you are hoping to perform in one of their three minute slots, email

It’s almost been 100 years since Anthony Burgess was born. To celebrate the life of this Manchester author, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation will be hosting a special event on Saturday 25 February. A special live performance will take place at the Engine House on Cambridge Street in which Burgess’ unpublished letters will be explored. The performance will take place at 7pm and you can book your £5 ticket here (you will even get a free drink!).

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Anthony Burgess.jpg 2Title Image: The Bronte Society
Bottom Image: International Anthony Burgess Foundation