Talks and Discussions

Seminar, conference or just an informative evening, if it’s happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas, this is the place to tell our readers.

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form


  • Wed
    Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street, Macclesfield


    Macclesfield Quakers hold meetings twice a month.

    You're invited to join us for Meeting for Worship at the beautiful King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel.

    The Quaker Way is firmly based in the belief that everyone has equal access to the Divine.

    Simple, silent group communion with the Divine - however it is thought of - is at the core of the British Quaker Way.

    There is no service and no priest, just the willingness to directly experience the Sacred as a group, rather than through a mediated service or personal meditation.

    During this simple yet rich worship, anyone may be deeply moved by the Spirit to speak, enriching the silence rather than interrupting it.

    Meeting for Worship begins at 2.30pm for one hour, followed by refreshments and informal discussion.

    The chapel provides a wheelchair ramp for access from the street, a loop system for the hearing impaired, and accessible toilet facilities. There is ample car parking across the road."

    Quaker Meeting for worship is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the Unitarian Chapel on King Edward Street from 2.30-3.30pm.

    Contact Jill Maguire on 01625 432437 or email

  • Tue
    7:30 pmSalvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, beginning at 7.30pm.

    Non members are very welcome.

    Admission £2.

    22nd January    
    Using Quarter Sessions Administrative Records for Family History a talk by Claire Moores.

    26th February
    Macclesfield: A Women's Town a talk by Allan Stevenson.
    The talk is based on his heritage walk around Macclesfield, highlighting nuggets of Macclesfield history alongside stories of the contribution women have made to the town.

    26th March   
    What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
    The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters. Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

    23rd April
    What did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon.

    28th May
    The FHSC website a talk by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    25th June  
    A visit to Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.

    23rd July
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal a talk by Shan Bristow

    27th August
    A forgotten Congleton suffragette a talk by Olivia Smedley.
    The subject is Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy  (1833 – 1918).

    24th September  
    AGM & Display of WWII memorabilia with short talks by members.

    22nd October
    Not Forgotten a talk by Geoff Archer
    How, why, for whom, and by whom, were local war memorials produced.

    26th November   
    Quarries, mines & the Macclesfield Canal a talk by David Kitching.  The construction of the canal allowed industries to reach existing markets more easily and also encouraged expansion to new markets.

    December     No Meeting.

    tel: 01625430467


  • Tue
    The Lecture Theatre, Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield

    February 2019 – December 2019


    Date Topic Speakers
    5th  February 2019



    Managing common general surgical emergencies Mr Usman Khan, Consultant General Surgeon, ECNHST
    5th  March 2019



    Diabetes in children Dr Surendran Chandrasekaran,

    Consultant Paediatrician, ECNHST


    2nd  April 2019



    Recognising, managing and treating deep venous thrombosis (DVT) Dr Imran Ansari,

    Consultant Acute Care Physician

    7th May 2019



    What’s new in  HIV and AIDS Dr Nalini Mahto,

    GU consultant, ECNHST

    4th  June 2019



    Dealing with Dupuytren’s disease of the hand Mr Jochan Fischer,

    Consultant Upper Limb consultant, ECNHST

    2nd  July 2019



    Looking after children with epilepsy Dr Kirsten Wolffsohn, Consultant Paediatrician
    3rd September 2019



    How Serious is Intensive Care Dr David Banks,

    Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care

    1st October 2019 Antenatal screening for congenital anomalies - myths and facts Dr Mandira Hazra

    Consultant Obstetrician

    12th  November 2019



    Are my palpitations serious? Dr Stuart Russell,

    Consultant Cardiologist

    3rd December 2019



    TBA Dr Andrew Marchetti,

    Consultant Anaesthetist

  • Sat
    Macclesfield Silk Museum, Old Park Lane, Macclesfield

    Launch of New Display of Macclesfield’s Ancient Egyptian Treasures at The Silk Museum

    16 February 2019 - 2020

    A ring belonging to Tutankhamun, a statuette of Queen Tiye - one of the most important queens in Egyptian history, and the mummy case of a significant female temple worker called Shebmut, are just some of the stars in a new display that sheds new light on Macclesfield’s own Marianne Brocklehurst and her remarkable collections.

    This new display at The Silk Museum will be officially opened by Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East, at 11.30am on 16th February 2019 and runs until 2020.

    The new display explores the connection between Macclesfield’s silk industry and Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections.   John Varney, Chair of The Silk Heritage Trust, said, ‘We are thrilled that the new research carried out by the museum’s curatorial team, has shown that many objects are even more significant than we thought; and this new display puts many more objects on show so that local people can enjoy more of this important heritage for the town’.

    Marianne was the daughter of silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst, Macclesfield’s first MP.  Her family’s wealth and social standing provided the resources for Marianne to travel extensively in Europe and the Middle East.  In 1873-74 Marianne, along with her companion Mary Booth, her nephew Alfred and servant George, made an epic voyage up the Nile.  Throughout this trip Marianne kept a personal diary illustrated with lively watercolours that captures life on the Nile through the eyes of this remarkable Victorian woman.

    Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth were life-time companions and were generally referred to as The MBs.  They were unconventional women for their time – as a couple they seem to have been uncompromising and determined in their life and work. They collected various objects on their travels around Egypt, but they seem to have had a particular interest in items with a connection to Ancient Egyptian women.   On their first trip, they collected the mummy case of a female temple worker, a scarab commemorating the marriage of a non-royal woman to the king, and the scarab of a king’s daughter. Perhaps it was intentional that the MBs, two unusually independent Victorian women, collected so many objects that bear the names, titles and likenesses of unusually independent Ancient Egyptian women.

    A Family Open Day takes place at The Silk Museum on 16th February 2019

    11am Welcome & Speeches John Varney, Chair, Silk Heritage Trust and Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East 11.30am onwards: Come and see the unique diary and notebooks that Marianne Brocklehurst made of her incredible adventures

    Learn more about the Tutankhamun Ring and other amazing treasures in the collections

    Mummification and Mask-making: Free Family Activities in the School Room

    New Makers’ Place Meet the brilliant craftspeople making unique handmade gifts + demonstrations and craft activities All day: New Silk Shop Exquisite silk products – perfect for gifts for all occasions PLUS Egyptian inspired jewellery and souvenirs Coffee and Cake, The Jacquard Café generously supplied by the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage with thanks to Bollington Co-op The Silk Museum admission is now Give What You Can. All donations welcome to support our work.

    Grateful thanks to Cheshire East Council for very generously supporting the new displays and the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage

    To find out more about Macclesfield Museums visit

    To find out more about Marianne Brocklehurst visit

  • Sat
    Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Congleton CW12 4SD

    Contemporary art installation inspired by indoor Tudor tennis secrets

    A new contemporary art installation, by artist Hilary Jack, is set to launch on the weekend of the country’s most celebrated event for tennis lovers, Wimbledon. But visitors to Little Moreton Hall in Congleton will notice a lack of grass courts and an unfamiliar setting for the much-loved game.

    The newly commissioned art work titled Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found during restoration work in the historic Long Gallery at the 16th century property.

    For the installation, Hilary Jack has collected over a thousand used tennis balls, gathered from Wimbledon and other tennis clubs all over the country. Working with film, Hilary has highlighted the topography of the Long Gallery while revealing the historic use of the space. To accompany the audio-visual installation, the Tudor tennis balls will also be on display for the first time in years.

    The Long Gallery was built in the 17th century as a demonstration of wealth by the ambitious Moreton family.  Long galleries were popular in this era as spaces for sociability and exercise as well as reflecting the status of the family.  Since the 1970s, five Tudor tennis balls have been discovered behind the Tudor panelling in the gallery as conservation work and maintenance has been taken place in the room and revealed clues about how it was used. It was these unique finds from a time gone by that have inspired Gathering.

    Hilary says: “I’ve visited Little Moreton Hall many times and have always been interested in how the environment has affected the appearance and architecture of the building over time.  On a recent visit, I overheard one of the guides explaining that the discovery of some Tudor tennis balls behind wood panels had confirmed the suspicion that a form of tennis had been played in the Long Gallery. As an artist I’m interested in the politics of place and I often work with found objects, so this triggered the idea for Gathering.  I hope that when visitors encounter the artwork it will elicit a response and prompt further enquiry into the history of Little Moreton Hall and the people who lived there.”

    Hilary works across media in research-based projects, often working with found objects in sculptural installations and public interventions. Hilary has worked with many heritage galleries, and historic sites on large scale commissions and exhibitions. Her research-based practice has an activist element, focussing on the politics of place while drawing out social and historic elements of a specific site.  Hilary has exhibited across the UK and Internationally. Her work is in a number of private and public collections including recent acquisitions for Manchester Art Gallery and The Government Art Collection. Hilary is currently exhibiting No Borders, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of Open Air 2019.

    Catherine Newbery, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager for the North at the National Trust says: “Hilary Jack is an interesting and established artist who has visited Little Moreton Hall many times, so when we received her proposal for the Long Gallery we were all really excited to find out more.  Little Moreton Hall is a beautiful building and art works and commissions like this help us bring the people who lived here to life and help our audiences make connections to their own lives.  As we are launching the commission around the Wimbledon tennis tournament I’m looking forward to the atmosphere the art work creates.”

    Gathering opens at Little Moreton Hall on 29 June, to coincide with Wimbledon, and ends on 3 November 2019.  For more information visit,

    Little Moreton Hall is a remarkable survivor from the Tudor era.  It is a timber-framed moated manor house that sits just south of Congleton.  Free guided tours are available for visitors to learn the history of the Hall and its inhabitants, and Tudor gentlewomen bring the Hall to life with demonstrations and activities.

    Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found at the 16th century property. Image © Steve Llse

  • Tue
    Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield SK10 1EE

    Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2018-2019 season costs £20 per person which covers entry to all meetings.

    For those not wishing to become members a guest fee of £5 is payable on the door for each meeting. 18 year-olds and under are admitted free.

    2019/2020 Programme

    Thursday 19th September 2019
    The Peterloo Massacre
    In the 200th anniversary year of Peterloo, Helen Antrobus from the People’s History Museum in Manchester returns to the society to talk about the massacre.

    Wednesday 9th October 2019
    Tracing Lines, Crafting Worlds: Orkney, Stonehenge and the Strange Case of the Grooved Ware Pot
    During the 3rd millennium BC communities in Britain and Ireland started making pottery imitating the Grooved Ware of the Orkney Islands. At the same time timber and stone circles started to appear. Mike Copper is an archaeologist working at the Ness of Brodgar who also makes replica prehistoric pottery.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 14th November 2019
    Strange Plants
    Alasdair Glen has worked in chemistry and botany research as well as in medical chemistry. Until recently he was National Chairman of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. In this talk he introduces us to some of the more unusual plants.

    Wednesday 15th January 2020
    Radical 19th Century Women and Egypt
    In the second half of the 19th-century a group of educated, passionate, complex and multi-faceted English women played a leading role in developing the study of Ancient Egypt. Emma Anderson, Interim Director of Macclesfield Museums, shows how the objects that the museums contain tell the lives and travels of some of these women.

    Thursday 13th February 2020
    Is there more to Biodiversity than meets the eye?
    Pam Berry, Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute Oxford University, examines what nature does for us for free and considers how we value it and how this could contribute to its conservation.

    Wednesday 18th March 2020
    To be announced
    Unfortunately the speaker planned for this date is now unable to make it. An alternative will be announced in due course.

    Thursday 23rd April 2020
    Boundaries and Fine Art
    Until his retirement Graham Coulter-Smith was a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Staffordshire University. He is the author of several books and e-books including Art in the Age of Terrorism and Deconstructing Installation Art.

    Wednesday 13th May 2020
    The Common Freedom of the People—John Lilburne and the English Revolution
    Michael Braddick, professor of history at Sheffield University, introduces the life of John Lilburne. Lilburne, who lived at the time of the 17th-century civil wars, was a leader of the Levellers in politics. Starting life as a Puritan he eventually became a Quaker.


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  • Sat
    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit or follow

  • Fri

    Friday 1 November

    Woodland Wizards at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Set out on a woodland quest with Nature Stuff. Look for Dragon footprints and Dragon eggs and help make magic potions and a giant fire breathing dragon! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Woodland Wizards at Brereton Heath LNR
    07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)

    Sunday 3 November

    Bodge It

    Drop in at any point during the afternoon to learn about the traditional skill of using a pole lathe. Watch as logs are turned into chair legs.

    Time: Any time between 12.30pm and 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge)

    Tuesday 5 November

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - November

    A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

    Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking: Get tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - November
    07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)

    Sunday 10 November

    Poynton Park Tree Wander

    Come and learn about our native trees and how to identify them on a short walk around Poynton Park. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 10/09/2019

    Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Poynton Park Car Park, South Park Drive, Poynton, SK12 1BR (SJ924842)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
    Booking: Get tickets for Poynton Park Tree Wander by 8 November
    01625 383700
    (Easy walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)

    Saturday 16 November

    Hedgelaying for Beginners

    Hedgelaying is the traditional way to maintain a boundary hedge. This hands on event will introduce you to the basic hedge laying techniques and to the different tools required to complete the job. Suitable for anyone over the age of 14. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £25.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 16/09/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Glebe Farm, Astbury, Congleton, CW12 4RQ (SJ847615)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matthew Axford
    Booking: Get tickets for Hedgelaying for Beginners by 13 November
    Information: 01260 297237 or visit the Glebe Farm website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 14 / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Please leave your dog at home)

    Sunday 24 November

    Rossmill Working Party

    Help keep your local park looking good and learn some new skills by joining the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and balsam bashing. Please bring your own gardening.

    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Rossmill, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0EJ (SJ789853)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Roger Brereton
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)

    Saturday 30 November

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - November – Higher Poynton

    The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

    However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

    Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
    Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking: Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - November
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)

  • Fri

    LIT is a weekend of stories and light in Macclesfield, the first edition of which will be held between Friday 22 and Sunday 24 November 2019. 

    LIT is a chance to tell, write, hear and share stories, to shine a light on creativity and unleash people’s imagination. 

    LIT kicked off with a trailblazing event on Saturday 19 October which featured former DJ Dave Haslam and New Order drummer Stephen Morris in conversation.

    The weekend will feature events and workshops with stories and light as their inspiration.

    Highlights include:

    • • A Polari-inspired double bill of the best LGBT+ writing and performance with Paul Burston and Jez Dolan on Friday 22 November at King Edward Street Chapel.
    • • A group Playreading and discussion of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman in the Savage Chapel at St Michael’s church on Friday 22 November. 
    • • A FREE torchlit promenade through West Park on Saturday 23 November, uncovering the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight through sound and light installations.
    • Creative writing and performance workshops with experts, on Saturday 23 November: get tips on Writing Short Stories, Writing Flash Fiction, Performing your Poetry, Writing non-fiction/memoir, Comedy Writing, Performing your Flash Fiction.
    • • A FREE LITle storytelling hub at Macclesfield library on Saturday 23 November and at St Michael’s church on Treacle Sunday – for kids of all ages, featuring international storytellers Jan Blake, Peter Chand and Nick Hennessey.
    • • Performances of six new short stories specially written for Macclesfield – on Saturday 23 November. 
    • Tickle Your Fancy Storytime cabaret on Saturday night hosted by Doolally – with loads of fun acts!
    • • An early morning smartphone photography walk with Simon Buckley telling the story of Macclesfield at dawn, Sunday 24 November.
    • • A performance mixing memory and music with Macclesfield at its centre – with artist Simon Buckley and musician Michael Walsh, Sunday 24th November.

    LIT wants to inspire the people and children of Macclesfield to find their inner storyteller – and to enjoy stories in all their different guises.

    We’re also looking for volunteers to help us deliver LIT for Macclesfield. Contact if you’re interested. 

    To buy tickets visit, or follow @LITmacclesfield on facebook and Twitter.

    Play-reading in the Savage Chapel

    with Sam Ward

    Fri 22 Nov, 6.30-8.30pm

    Savage Chapel, St Michael’s church, Market Place, SK10 1DY


    A play-reading evening set in the evocative surroundings of the Savage Chapel in St Michael’s church. Come to read and discuss Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. No acting or public speaking skills are required; the play-reading is open to everyone who loves the stories that the best plays can tell. 

    Manchester based actor and theatre maker, Sam Ward, facilitates this play reading session. A graduate of the MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College, University of London, Sam is lead artist in YESYESNONO theatre company and has written and performed the award winning Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist and [insert slogan here], both of which toured nationally following success at Edinburgh Fringe. Sam spent a year as resident assistant director at HOME in Manchester, where he also facilitates a regular play-reading group.

    Polari Literary Salon / Bona to Vada your Dolly old Eek! 

    Double bill 

    King Edward Street Chapel, King Edward Street, SK10 1AB

    Fri 22 Nov, 7.30-10pm (with a 15 min interval between shows)


    Polari – sometimes known as ‘the lost language of gay men’ – was used between the 1920s and 1970s as both disguise and identification, often to avoid either arrest or attack.

    This is an exclusive double bill from two of the best-known names in LGBT+ writing and art in the beautifully intimate surroundings of King Edward Street Chapel. Troll on in.

    Polari Literary Salon

    London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon comes to LIT. Founded in 2007 by author Paul Burston, Polari showcases the best in emerging and established LGBT+ literary talent. 

    Named Best Cultural Event in the Co-Op Respect Loved by You Awards 2013, the salon is based at London’s Southbank Centre and also tours regularly. In 2016, founder Paul Burston was featured in the British Council’s Global List, celebrating ’33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world.’

    In 2011, The Polari First Book Prize was created to celebrate and reward new LGBT+ literary talent. In 2019, a second Polari Prize for non-debuts was added.

    Tonight’s event is programmed and hosted by Burston, with guest performers including award-winning authors Rosie Garland, VG Lee and Okechukwu Nzelu.

    “Always fun, always thought-provoking - a guaranteed good night out” - Sarah Waters


    Bona to Vada your Dolly old Eek! 

    Jez Dolan 

    Take a troll, stretch your lallies, vada the omipalones and enter the bijou world of Polari with artist Jez Dolan. With music, art, and a liberal sprinkling of stardust, Jez creates a unique and original show using Polari as his inspiration. 

    The LITle Hub

    Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, SK10 1EE 

    Mon 18 – Fri 22 Nov, 10am-5pm

    Sat 23 Nov, 10am–1pm

    St Michael’s church, Market Place, SK10 1DY

    Sun 24 Nov, noon-4pm


    No need to book

    The LITle hub is for children of all ages to take time to discover and be inspired by stories from around the world.


    Come and enjoy the magic of reading under the LIT gazebo in Macclesfield library during the week.

    Then, on Saturday morning the library is home to extraordinary storytellers Jan Blake and Peter Chand (10-11am; 11am-12pm) and artist Marc Jackson (12-1pm) who’ll be interpreting your stories.

    On Treacle Sunday, the LITle hub moves over to St Michael’s church in Market Place, where Jan and Peter will be back to take you on a journey through tales of Love & Light from around the world, along with Nick Hennessey with his traditional stories and harp playing.

    The LITle hub is free and welcomes children and adults of all ages.

    Writing short stories workshop

    with Nicholas Royle

    The Old Sunday School (Heritage Centre), Roe St, SK11 6UT

    Sat 23 Nov, 11am-1pm


    Join award-winning author and Booker-prize shortlisted editor, Nicholas Royle, in this workshop looking at short story openings and techniques for getting started. He’ll take you through some common mistakes people make so you can avoid them in your work. And if you’re stuck, Nicholas will try and help solve your creative problem and unlock your story.

    Nicholas Royle is the author of seven novels, two novellas and three volumes of short fiction​. He has edited twenty anthologies of short stories. Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize, he also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories as signed, limited-edition chapbooks. He works as an editor for Salt Publishing.

    Writing Flash Fiction workshop

    with David Gaffney

    Sat 23 Nov, 11am-1pm

    The Old Sunday School (Heritage Centre), Roe St, SK11 6UT


    Join the master of Flash Fiction, David Gaffney, and find out how to produce effective stories – in less than 500 words. Filled with fun, practical exercises, you’ll learn how to transform 1000 words into 150 without losing power, character detail, plot and dialogue. You’ll leave with the tools to be able to write fantastic Flash Fiction.

    ‘One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others.’ Guardian

    David Gaffney is the author of the novels Never Never (2008) and All The Places I've Ever Lived (2017) plus the flash fiction and short story collections Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), The Half-Life of Songs(2010) and More Sawn-Off Tales (2013).  He has written articles for The Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine, and was a judge for the Bridport Prize. His story ‘The Staring Man’ is featured in Best British Short Stories, and his story ‘Insight’ featured in the collection We Were Strangers - stories inspired by Joy Division (2018) David’s graphic novel with Dan Berry, The Three Rooms In Valerie's Head was published in 2018 with Top Shelf and his next graphic novel, Rivers, will be out in 2020. 

    Performance Poetry – for women

    with Joelle Taylor

    Sat 23 Nov, 11.30am-2.30pm

    The Old Sunday School (Heritage Centre), Roe St, SK11 6UT


    Silence was a song your enemy taught you. 

    This inspiring workshop for women will look at how to create compelling poetry and spoken word through unravelling life stories and reclaiming voices. Exploring a range of poetic and performance techniques, it’s suitable for all abilities.

    Poet Joelle Taylor has recently completed an international tour of her latest poetry collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me, a book which looks at her life story fused with the experiences of women globally. She spent two years researching the collection, working with women from marginalised communities including prisons, refugee organisations, the care system, traveller camps and the battlefield. Joelle is an award-winning poet and playwright, widely anthologised, and the author of three full poetry collections and three plays. She is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet. She has featured on radio and television, and founded the UK’s national youth slam championships. Her work is taught as part of the English GCSE syllabus.

    Writing nonfiction and memoir

    with Kate Feld

    Sat 23 Nov, 1-3pm

    The Old Sunday School (Heritage Centre), Roe St, SK11 6UT


    What are the stories your life holds? In this two-hour nonfiction writing workshop – suitable for total beginners and experienced writers alike – we'll read and discuss examples of inspiring short-form memoir and personal essays, learn about different writing techniques and approaches, and start work on a piece based on your own life experience.

    Bring pen and paper, or a laptop.

    Kate Feld writes short fiction, essays, poetry and work that sits between forms. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including The Letters Page, The Stinging Fly and Hotel. She lectures in journalism at Salford University, hosts writing events and leads workshops on creative writing. She is the founding director of UK creative nonfiction project The Real Story.

    Performing Flash Fiction

    with Fat Roland

    Sat 23 Nov, 1.30-3.30pm

    The Old Sunday School (Heritage Centre), Roe St, SK11 6UT


    Reading your creative writing in public can seem like a big step, but there are tips and tricks that can make any writer a skilled performer. This workshop offers a creative and fun space to help you go from the page to the stage. Fat Roland, from award-winning spoken word night Bad Language, will cover everything from speaking technique to stage stance, from subject matter to heart flutters. Ideal for writers thinking about performing for the first time, or for those who have started reading their work publicly but need help to find their voice.


    Fat Roland is a flash fiction writer whose third solo show Seven Inch was commissioned by The Lowry Theatre in Salford. He has three Edinburgh Fringe shows under his belt, is champion of Literary Death Match Manchester and comperes Bad Language, twice voted the UK’s best spoken word night. His most recent gigs include FaxFiction at Waterside Arts, Flash In The Van inside a caravan in Lancashire, Tales Of Whatever and the Big Gay Storyslam. By day, he runs events for the live literature venue at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

    An introduction to comedy writing – for women

    with Jane Postlethwaite

    Sat 23 Nov, 2-5pm

    The Old Sunday School (Heritage Centre), Roe St, SK11 6UT


    Do people tell you that you’re funny? Have you always wanted to try writing comedy? Maybe you've got some great ideas, a phone full of notes, a head full of swirling unfinished jokes, but you’re wondering what’s next?

    If the answer to any of those is yes, then join Jane Postlethwaite, comedian, writer and proprietor of the Cumbria School of Comedy who’ll help you take those half-formed, unfinished funny moments in your head and transform them into real-life comedy writing. You don't need any experience – all you need is an interest in comedy, writing and being creative.

    So, banish thoughts of not being good enough, or thinking you don’t know what you’re doing and spend three hours building your confidence and having a laugh with like-minded women who want to make the world a funnier place.

    Jane Postlethwaite is a Cumbrian comedian, writer, actor and voice over. Inspired by northern humour, dark themes, feminism and interesting characters she has created multimedia, audience interactive, thought-provoking and comedic work to make you laugh, cry laughing and think about what you cried laughing at for days after. In July 2018 Jane was selected for the BBC New Comedy award heats. She plays several characters in ‘Don't Worry; It's Only the End of the World’ a post-apocalyptic radio sitcom written by Alfie Shaw available on iTunes. She co-hosts the Miraculous Cumbria Podcast with fellow comedian and writer Steph Bradshaw, while the duo paired up to create is ‘Haunted’ which premiered at Brighton Fringe in May 2019 to sell out audiences.  

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – a promenade in West Park

    West Park, Prestbury Rd, SK10 3BJ

    Sat 23 Nov, gather from 4.30pm at West Park café.

    Promenade times 5pm, 6pm & 7pm


    For all ages. 

    No need to book.

    Bring a torch! 

    Meet us at West Park café with your torch, from 4.30pm and get ready to share candlelit stories, performances, installations and projections inspired by Cheshire’s very own 14th century poem
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, alongside music and soundscapes created in collaboration with pupils from local schools. There’ll be screen printing and other activities plus plenty of refreshments to enjoy in the cosy café. 

    Wind your way through West Park by torchlight. 

    What will you find in the dark?

    Sir Gawain? The Green Knight? Or other fabulous scenes of chivalry?

    The story is alive and waiting to be discovered…

    The Story 

    Sir Gawain is a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table. One new year, as the frost covers the earth, an enormous green knight appears at court riding a gigantic green horse, an axe in one hand, a sprig of holly in the other. This green giant sets a challenge for the assembled knights. One of them can strike him with his axe as long as he can return the blow in a year’s time.

    Up steps Sir Gawain, the youngest of Arthur’s knights, the king’s nephew. He takes the axe and with one blow beheads the enormous green knight…

    Produced by: 154 Collective

    In collaboration with local artists: Jacki Clark and Ralph McGaul

    Macc Stories

    Sat 23 Nov, 6-8pm

    United Reformed Church, Park Green, SK11 7NA


    Six writers came to Macclesfield one day in Autumn, each in search of inspiration.

    Join us at this very special performance where each writer will read the six short stories they created as a result of their visits, set against a backdrop of specially commissioned visuals by Not Quite Light photographer Simon Buckley.

    What will they have gleaned about the town and its folk from their mooching, eavesdropping and simply watching the Macc world go by? Come along and find out... Expect everything from fashion and football to worshippers and woodlands.


    Sarah-Clare Conlon

    Abi Hynes

    David Gaffney

    Nicholas Royle

    Reshma Ruia

    Joe Stretch

    Visuals Simon Buckley 

    Tickle your Fancy cabaret 

    Sat 23 Nov, 8-10pm

    United Reformed Church, Park Green, SK11 7NA



    We’ve got a cabaret night full of surprises. A veritable smorgasbord of entertainment with a wide and wonderful array of performers. There’ll be magic, music, spoken word… something for everyone, from the dramatic to the downright unusual!

    Hosted by comedy singing act, Doolally, every Tickle Your Fancy night includes a different line up of quality acts and there are always sweet delights on hand and a writing competition (with prizes) to enjoy!

    Tickle your Fancy has been entertaining audiences in Chorlton and beyond since 2015.

    The line-up for LIT:

    Stewart Gibb-Lodge

    Hilarious character comedy and music from this Salford based, Tickle your Fancy regular.

    Very silly, sometimes surreal but always with a song.

    Marvin Cheeseman 

    Manchester’s finest poet and an incredibly popular Tickle your fancy regular.

    Jo Bell

    Macclesfield’s very own poet, pundit and broadcaster, Jo’s awards include the Charles Causley prize and the Manchester Cathedral prize. Carol Ann Duffy calls her “one of the most exciting poets writing today”. Jo aims to write with an absolutely unsentimental tenderness. What will she bring to Tickle your fancy?

    Helen Beauchamp 

    Listen to Helen’s beautiful voice and great guitar – Helen is Doolally’s new musician!

    And all hosted by Doolally who’ll performing their funny and daft songs. 

    A Dawn Smartphone Walk – with Simon Buckley

    Sun 24 Nov, 6.45-8.15am

    Meet at Macclesfield Station


    Best known for the dawn and dusk photography of his Not Quite Light project, as well as his now famous mobile phone shot of a Deansgate Rainstorm, Simon Buckley invites you to join him on an early morning walk around Macclesfield. Pick up some tips for taking dawn shots on your smartphone and enjoy stories from Simon’s dawn and dusk wanderings. 

    Be sure to wear comfortable and sensible footwear and be aware that not all areas will be easily accessible or necessarily slip free.

    On the Way There, On the Way Back

    Sun 24 Nov, 6.30pm

    King Edward Street Chapel, King Edward Street, SK10 1AB


    Immerse yourself in the memories of artist Simon Buckley and musician Michael Walsh, through spoken word, film, soundscapes and music. This intimate and personal show will explore stories of childhood, growing up and our relationships with the adults that seek to nurture us.


    Simon often visited his grandparents in their terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent as a child. His nana had been born there, and didn’t leave until late in her life. It was also where his dad spent his childhood. Through these visits, Simon not only discovered aspects of his own self, he also came to know his father by understanding the environment in which he had lived as a boy, and how both of them had perhaps been similarly shaped by the surrounding, tight-knit neighbourhood.

    At the centre of these trips to Stoke, was Macclesfield, whose station became an emotional landmark, signifying the crossover between home and away.

    Simon will be joined by musician Thurston Thomson, sound artist and producer at Courtyard Creative, a showcase for up and coming singer songwriters.

    Michael Walsh, grew up in Manchester and Stockport has, and has, through his critically acclaimed album, Quarehawk, explored the last three years of his Irish father’s life. The music and poetry of this work examines his relationship with his dad and the strong Irish roots that governed family life. It also explores how Mike has come to terms with his death, and has subsequently found his own voice.

    Michael Walsh is an Irish flute player, and his album Quarehawk, which features such talent as Mike McGoldrick, Bryony Griffith and Mike Garry, has received critical acclaim, with Irish Music Magazine saying “This album moved me like no other”. He recently performed at Sadler’s Wells and was the finale of this year’s Not Quite Light Festival.

    For this performance Mike will be joined by musician Liz Hanley.

  • Sat
    1.30 to 5.30 pmBramhall Methodist Church, 23 Bramhall Ln S, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1AL

    On 23 November 2019, Prestbury Travel are bringing a World of Travel Experts to the Methodist Church in Bramhall for an informative and fun afternoon.

    Travel experts from Australia & New Zealand, through to India, China, Japan, Latin America, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean & Europe will be on hand to share their expertise and knowledge with everyone visiting.

    Louise Lockwood, General Manager of Prestbury Travel said ‘We are really excited to be hosting our very first Prestbury Travel Holiday Show in Bramhall this November. As well as having thirteen travel companies joining us we’ve also got some wonderful prizes to be won including a holiday for two to Gran Canaria with flights and half board included. As a local independent family run travel agent our aim is to always provide a personalised service together with a wealth of holiday choices and we hope the Holiday Show will do precisely this.’ Prestbury Travel have been an established business in the villages of Prestbury, Bramhall, Hale and Poynton for many, many years. Entrance to the Holiday Show will be FREE and the event is taking place at the Methodist Church in Bramhall on Saturday 23 November from 1.30 – 5.30pm.

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