Winter Festival 2020

Winter Festival 2020

We have a number of online events planned for our Winter Festival. Have a look and see if there is anything you would like to attend.

@readingagency children's Winter Mini Challenge

1 December - 15 January

Have you started the @readingagency Winter Mini Challenge yet? There’s still time! And this year, #EveryoneIsAHero - signing up today for the Winter Mini Challenge #WMC2020 

Online Exhibition: The Essoldo, Stretford

November 2020 – January 2021

The eye-catching Essoldo cinema has been a prominent figure of the Stretford landscape since the 1930s. This online exhibition, researched and written by Trafford Local Studies volunteer Lauren Kenna, takes a look at its many identities over the last eighty-four years.

Online Exhibition: John Alcock: From Old Trafford to the Atlantic

November 2020 – January 2021

In June 1919, pilot John Alcock and navigator Arthur Whitten Brown made history when they became the first people to fly non-stop over the Atlantic Ocean. Using original archive material, the Trafford Local Studies virtual exhibition follows Alcock's story, from his birth in Old Trafford, through to this amazing feat of aviation.

Archive Advent Calendar 

1 – 25 December 2020

Join Trafford Local Studies on their Facebook or Twitter pages for a festive countdown to Christmas, using historical photographs and archive material.

MIND Christmas Crafternoon

Saturday 5 December 11am-12noon

Join us on Saturday 5th December for the UK’s craftiest virtual festive fundraiser. We may not be able to meet up in the libraries over the Christmas period in the way we usually do, but we can still get together at our Christmas Crafternoon (or late morning!) online. Spend a morning folding, cutting, sticking and chatting and raise money to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. We will be making some sparkly confetti Christmas cards, perfect for a virtual Crafternoon on the fly! All you will need is some glue and scissors and we will provide the rest! You will need to be able to collect your craft pack from Urmston or Stretford Libraries by 11am on Saturday 5th December.

Book here on Eventbrite and we will send you the Zoom details for the event nearer the time. Bookings close at 10pm on Friday 4th December.

You don't have to donate to come along to our Crafternoon. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be made by visiting the MIND website.

How to prepare your novel/script for submission

Saturday 5 December 2020 1-4pm

Presented by author Zosia Wand this workshop, suitable for any writer, wherever they are in their writing career, from beginner through to professional writer trying to sell their story, will provide you with a valuable tool kit. The workshop will take place on Zoom.

Book your place on Eventbrite and we will send you the details needed to access the meeting the day before the workshop.

Secret history of Manchester - a talk by Ed Glinert

Friday 11 December 7.30pm, an online event

Take a trip into the deepest historical secrets of Manchester. 

You think you know Manchester? Well, no one knows it like Ed Glinert, who has spent 40 years unturning every last (Gothic) stone in the city, uncovering layer upon layer of other histories and lesser-known stories to create the ultimate “believe it or not”. Sites, streets and spaces that you’ve walked past a thousand times will never look the same again.

Book your ticket on Eventbrite and we will email you the Zoom meeting details closer to the event.

An evening with Carole Matthews

Tuesday 15 December 7pm

Join us for an evening with the queen of life-affirming fiction, Carole Matthews, as she discusses her new novel, Christmas for Beginners.

The event will take place on Zoom and tickets are free. Please book on Eventbrite and we will email you with details of how to access the event the day before.

Only one ticket per household is needed.

Booking closes at 6pm on Tuesday 15th December.

Casting the Runes

Friday 18 December 7pm

Nunkie presents a performance of the M.R. James' classic ghost story. In Casting the Runes we meet the unforgettable ‘Abbot of Lufford', Mr. Karswell: magic lanternist, historian of the occult, and scourge of the academic establishment. The story is perhaps best known for being the source for the classic 1950s horror film ‘Night of the Demon.’ Montague Rhodes James wrote many of his ghost stories to perform to friends at Christmas in the years leading up to WW1. Today they have lost none of their power to terrify and amuse. 

The event will take place on Zoom and is suitable for ages 12+ . Book your place on Eventbrite and we will email you the Zoom meeting details closer to the event. Only one ticket per household is needed. Booking for this event ends at 5pm on Friday 18th December.

Panto Stories with John Kirk

Saturday 19 December 11am

It's Christmas time - oh yes it is! - and the magic of pantomime is coming to Trafford Libraries. Join storyteller John Kirk on Zoom for a trio of popular pantomime stories to get you and your family in the mood for Christmas. Suitable for families with children 3+.

Tickets are free. Book your place on Eventbrite (only one ticket per household is needed) and we will send you all the details needed to access the event the day before. Booking closes at 10.30 am on 19th December.

Formidable Women of Manchester

Friday 8 January 7.30pm

A talk by Manchester tour guide and writer, Ed Glinert 

Join us as Ed pays tribute to the women who made and moulded Manchester – including the Pankhursts, who secured women the vote, Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw who was the first to solve the Rubik’s Cube; Isabella Banks, who wrote the much-loved Manchester Man, Shelagh Delaney, who created one of the greatest British films in A Taste of Honey; Ellen Wilkinson (“Red Ellen”) who accompanied the Jarrow marchers to London and Victoria Wood who created a Mancunian love story “set against the background of The Wimpy, The Golden Egg and Piccadilly Gardens”. 

The event will take place on Zoom. Book your free place on Eventbrite and we will email you the Zoom meeting details closer to the event. Only one ticket per household is needed. Booking for this event ends at 5pm on Friday 8th January.

"That Poetry Bloke" poems and songs with poet, Craig Bradley

Saturday 9 January 2pm

Join poet Craig Bradley for a fun afternoon session of poems and songs.  For children age 7 and over.

Book your place on Eventbrite (only one ticket per household is needed) and we will send you the Zoom meeting details nearer the event.

An evening with Helen Monks Takhar

Tuesday 12 January 6.30pm

Join us for an evening with Helen Monks Takhar who will be discussing her debut thriller, Precious You.

Helen Monks Takhar worked as a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor having graduated from Cambridge in 1997. She began her career writing for financial trade newspapers in 1999 before contributing to UK national newspapers including The Times and The Observer. Born in Southport, Merseyside in 1976, she lives in North London with her husband and two daughters. Precious You is her first novel.

The event will take place on Zoom and tickets are free. Please book on Eventbrite and we will email you with details of how to access the event the day before.

Only one ticket per household is needed.

Booking closes at 5.30pm on Tuesday 12th January.

An evening with Rosie Garland

Thursday 14 January 7-8.30pm

Join us for an evening in the company of writer, poet and singer, Rosie Garland. Rosie will be discussing and reading from her new collection of poetry, What Girls Do in the Dark, as well as taking questions about ways into writing, the writing process and how to get published in what promises to be a fascinating event.

The event will take place on Zoom and tickets are free. Book on Eventbrite and we will email you details of how to access the event the day before. Only one ticket per household is needed. Booking closes at 5pm on Thursday 14th January.

Traditional Tales with professional storyteller Helen Stewart

Friday 15 January 7-8pm

For children age 7 and over.

Book your place on Eventbrite (only one ticket per household is needed) and we will send you the Zoom meeting details nearer the event.

Elizabeth Gaskell's Manchester - a talk by Ed Glinert

Tuesday 19 January 2pm

Born in Chelsea, raised in Knutsford, Elizabeth Gaskell worked and lived in Manchester, and wrote about the miserable conditions of the industrial city. She became one of the greatest of the Victorian writers whose novels, such as Mary Barton (1848) and North & South (1855), defined the "condition'' of England. 

The event will take place on Zoom. Book your place on Eventbrite and we will email you the Zoom meeting details closer to the event. Only one ticket per household is needed. Booking for this event ends at 1pm on Tuesday 19th January.