The buzz of Halloween is beginning to wear off, meaning we can all retire those super-spooky contact lenses, white and black face paint and dead cheerleader/blood-splattered French maid/killer something or other costumes. Bring yourself back to life with a weekend of free activities, wholesome and wonderful and without a drip of fake blood in sight.

Bokeh Yeah! present poetry film event Timeline
Bokeh Yeah! And Comma Films are teaming up to present a collection of poetry films, including pieces previously commissioned by Bokeh Yeah! and Comma Films, as well as an explanation of what the two respective organisations do. Later in the day will also see the launch of Gaia Holmes’ new book of poems, Lifting the Piano with One Hand, with readings and screenings of films based on her work. As well as this, a selection of the best films from the inaugural FilmPoem Festival will be on show, highlighting how the marriage of poetry and film is becoming more and more cemented in modern day culture.
Sat 2 Nov, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak St, M4, 10am – 5.30pm, FREE,

Manchester School of Art 2013 at Castlefield Gallery
Manchester is home to many a creative soul, and to keep such diversity alive Castlefield Gallery is getting behind the city’s emerging talent by showcasing the work of three recent Manchester School of Art graduates. Expect a varied exhibition with works from Calum Crawford, Sophie Mitchell (work pictured) and Darren Murphy, whose pieces explore everything from popular culture to the authenticity and ideals within the world of photography. Murphy has even employed ‘Artist Assistants’ to represent both himself and his work, documenting the resulting interactions. Read the full preview here.
Fri 1 Nov – Sun 10 Nov, Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB, Tel: 0161 832 8034, Wed – Sun: 1pm – 6pm, FREE,

Premature Bonfire Nights
Sure, Bonfire Night isn’t technically until the 5th, but why wait? Here’s a small selection of FREE bonfire nights in and around Manchester this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, just so that you can get the party started when it’s more appropriate: at the weekend, man.
Fri 1 November, Bolton Leverhulme Park, Long Lane, BL2 6BZ, Fireworks 8pm, FREE
Sat 2 Nov, Brookdale Park, Droylsden Rd, M40 1PE, Fireworks 7.30pm , FREE
Sun 3 Nov, Trafford Centre Firework Display, Barton Square, M17 8AA Sunday, Fireworks 6pm, FREE
Sun 3 Nov, Philips Park, Stuart Street, M11 4DQ, Fireworks 7.30pm, FREE

Sun 3 Nov
Jess Hardiman
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Fri 1 Nov 2013