Events 2019

Sometimes I like to meet authors and talk to them about their books and their lives… Sometimes I like you to come along and watch, filthy. Hahaha.


Tuesday the 3rd – Cerys Matthews: Where The Wild Cooks Go, Liverpool Epstein Theatre, 7.30pm.

I will be hosting a night with Cerys Matthews as she takes us around the world, celebrating her love of food and music. With a childhood spent foraging and learning to make flapjacks and nettle soup, followed by a life of touring as a musician around the world and delighting in the delicious local delicacies discovered along the way, a love for food and cooking has always been central to Cerys Matthews’ life. And now, to mark the publication of her glorious new book, Where the Wild Cooks Go, she is bringing her culinary learnings from around the globe to Liverpool. Cerys will be sharing the flavours, ingredients,cocktails and tunes that have inspired her over a lifetime of cooking and travelling. She will in dulge us with some poetry readings and a sprinkling of singing, playing a few of her favourite songs from the countries that she has visited.

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Tuesday the 10th – Tracy Chevalier at Liverpool Central Library, 6.30pm

Liverpool Central Library is delight to welcome, multi-million copy selling author, Tracy Chevalier on September the 10th 2019, to discuss her latest novel A Single Thread.

It is 1932, and the losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiancé and her brother and regarded by society as a ‘surplus woman’ unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone. Warm, vivid and beautifully orchestrated, A Single Thread reveals one of our finest modern writers at the peak of her powers.

Tracy Chevalier grew up in Washington, DC. She moved to England in 1984, and graduated in 1994 from the MA course in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her first novel, The Virgin Blue, was chosen by WH Smith for its Fresh Talent promotion in 1997. In 2000, HarperCollins published Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has gone on to sell over two million copies worldwide. Falling Angels was published to much critical acclaim in 2002, The Lady and the Unicorn, followed in 2004 and Burning Bright in 2007, followed by the bestselling Remarkable Creatures in 2009. Her most recent novel The Last Runaway was chosen as an R&J pick in 2013.

The film of Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth as Vermeer, was released in the UK in 2003. It was nominated for 10 BAFTAs and two Academy Awards.

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Sunday the 6th – Jessie Burton, Cheltenham Literature Festival, 10am

Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, returns to Cheltenham with her luminous new novel The Confession. With Simon Savidge she delves into its themes covering secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

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Sunday the 6th – Deep Dark Fantasy with Rachel Burge, Frances Hardinge and Steve Feasey, Cheltenham Literature Festival, 6pm

Plunge deep into the minds of phenomenal fantasy writers Rachel Burge (The Twisted Tree), Frances Hardinge (Deeplight) and Steve Feasey (Dark Blade). Enter their imagined worlds with Simon Savidge of Savidge Reads, hear about the myths and legends that inspired them and the enduring allure of gods and monsters.

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Saturday the 12th – Northern Noir with Jo Baker, A.A. Dhand and Mari Hannah, Durham Book Festival, 3pm

This event brings together three authors whose novels explore the darker side of the North. In a thrilling new novel from the author of Longbourn, Jo Baker’s The Body Lies is a work of riveting psychological suspense that explores how to live as a woman in the world when the stakes are dangerously high.A.A. Dhand’s DCI Harry Virdee is back in One Way Out. Delving deep into the dark side of Bradford, Virdee explores a city driven by racial tensions, as he races to save his wife and the city from a new and aggressive nationalist group. The Scandal is the newest novel from the North East crime writer Mari Hannah. Set against a Tyneside backdrop, DS Frankie Oliver grapples with a murder in Newcastle city centre in the run up to Christmas. Chaired by Simon Savidge, Savidge Reads

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Sunday the 13th – Subverting Slave Narratives with Sara Collins and Yvonne Battle-Felton, Durham Book Festival, 11am

Sara Collins and Yvonne Battle-Felton have written two of the hottest historical fiction debuts of 2019.Sara Collins’ novel The Confessions of Frannie Langton introduces a new gothic heroine. Frannie Langton is a former slave from a plantation in Jamaica, who is now on trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of her employers in Georgian London. In Remembered, Northern Writers’ Awards winner Yvonne Battle-Felton explores slavery’s complex legacy through the eyes of Spring, an emancipated slave dying in hospital and looking back on her life. These two unforgettable female narrators are each fighting to tell their own stories in their own words. Join Sara and Yvonne to find out how they brought them to life. Chaired by Simon Savidge, Savidge Reads 

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Tuesday the 15th – TBA

Wednesday the 16th – TBA

Wednesday the 23rd – Class, Home Manchester

I will be seeing my mate Scottee in his new show Class, all about Class, which you should all be seeing wherever it is on – you don’t have to go on the same day as me, ha.

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Thursday the 24th – Cher, Manchester Arena

I am taking Chris to see Cher, I am also available to sing I Got You Babe if needs be, ha.


Wednesday the 13th – Megan Phelps-Roper, The Dancehouse Manchester, 7pm

Megan Phelps-Roper, who controversially left the Westboro Baptist Church back in November 2012, will be joining us to discuss her inspirational memoir Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope, leaving the Westboro Baptist Church. Megan was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church – the aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic religious sect who rejoice at AIDS and natural disasters. From childhood to her early twenties, Megan participated in the Church’s notorious picketing campaign almost daily. Then, in November 2012 at the age of twenty-six, Megan left the church, her close-knit family, and her life behind.

The church was the subject of Louis Theroux’s riveting and widely-watched BBC documentary ‘The Most Hated Family in America’, and has been featured most recently on Louis’ third visit back to Kansas. Megan will be interviewed by Simon Savidge, the man behind much-loved blog Savidge Reads.

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Thursday the 21st – TBA

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