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.
The Portico Prize Shortlist Readings – Wednesday 22nd January
Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Join the authors for a reading from their shortlisted book on the eve of the award ceremony and the announcement of the winner. Hosted by Chair of judges, Simon Savidge, the event includes the chance to have your book signed, to meet the authors and join in a Q&A. Held in partnership with our sponsors Man Met Uni.
Purchasing a ticket automatically enters you into a draw to win signed copies of all six shortlisted books. Tickets are limited so make sure you book in advance. Ticket includes complimentary drink on arrival.
The Portico Prize Award Ceremony – Thursday 23rd January
The Portico Library, Manchester
This intimate event, held between The Portico Library and The Bank Pub – formerly part of the Library – will reunite the building for the first time in 100 years. Canapés and drinks will be served in advance at a special reception, building up to the presentation of the award in the historic Library space. The event includes a book stall courtesy of Blackwells and the chance to have your copy signed by the author. Tickets are limited and early booking is advised. Free drink and canapés included in ticket price.
(I will be announcing the winner and hopefully not having an Oscar’s Best Movie moment, eek!) Tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-portico-prize-award-ceremony-tickets-85967183159
Emma Jane Unsworth in Conversation – Wednesday 29th January
Manchester Deansgate Waterstones
Emma Jane Unsworth is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her novel, Animals has been adapted into a film, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. In this event, we’re delighted to welcome her, in conversation with Simon Savidge discussing her new novel Adults.
Jenny McLaine is an adult. Supposedly. At thirty-five she owns her own house, writes for an achingly cool magazine and has hilarious friends just a message away. But the thing is: everything is falling apart. And now her mother has appeared on her doorstep, unbidden, to save the day… The new novel from the author of Animals, this is a deliciously candid and gloriously heartfelt novel story about friendship and family, and learning how to fall back in love with life.
Cerys Matthews at Wolverhampton Literature Festival – Friday 31st January
The Slade Rooms, Broad Street, Wolverhampton
Join musician and BBC broadcaster Cerys Matthews, to celebrate food, poetry, music and some curious aspects of world history. Expect some food demonstrations, a sprinkling of poetry and a song or two from her new folk cook-book Where the Wild Cooks Go. Simon Savidge will be hosting the event, helping with the cooking but definitely not singing! Cerys will be signing books after the event.
Stacey Halls in conversation, Liverpool – Wednesday 12th February
Waterstones Liverpool One, Liverpool
Join us on February 12th for our book talk and signing event with Stacey Halls, bestselling author of ‘The Familiars’! Released on February 6th, ‘The Foundling’ is the much-anticipated second novel from Stacey Halls and we cannot wait! The evening will be in-conversation with Simon Savidge, from @savidgereads.
Set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, ‘The Foundling’ explores families, secrets, class, equality, power and the meaning of motherhood.
London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.
Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.
Jess Kidd in Conversation, Manchester – Wednesday 26th February
Manchester Central Library
Canongate Books and Manchester Libraries present an evening with bestselling author Jess Kidd, chaired by Simon Savidge.
Jess is the author of ‘Himself’ and ‘The Hoarder’, both of which were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks. Jess also won the Costa Short Story Award in 2016. ‘Things in Jars’ is her third novel, and is a gripping Victorian detective mystery about what it means to be human in inhumane times. It features a whole brilliant cast of characters including female detective Bridie Devine, who must uncover the mystery of a stolen child.
When it came out earlier this year, ‘Things in Jars’ was widely reviewed in the broadsheets and magazines. Jess’s fans also include Graham Norton, Joanna Cannon and Dianne Setterfield.
More to be announced, keep checking in for updates and additions.