The Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s Misshaping Peterloo exhibition has been running for a number of months now, but this Tuesday afternoon you can finally take advantage of a guided tour. The exhibition collects works by illustrator and ceramicist Alex Sickling and aims to re-tell the story of the Peterloo Massacre through a series of pictures and objects, exploring not just the massacre itself, but also our need to commemorate public tragedies.
Australian novelist Angela Meyer comes to Blackwell’s bookshop on University Green this Wednesday evening for a discussion of her new book A Superior Spectre. The book is her debut novel and mixes science-fiction concepts with a character-driven story spanning hundreds of years. Meyer will be talking with Jane Bradley, the founder of For Books’ Sake, a charity that champions women’s writing.
On Thursday morning, you can catch the second free Peterloo event of this week. The John Rylands Library hosts this free tour of their vast collection of Peterloo reportage, literature and paraphernalia, which includes the complete 1818-1822 print run of radical newspaper The Manchester Observer. At the time of writing, this tour is listed as Sold Out, but it’s always worth checking for returns on the day.
Manchester-based alt country group Picnic Area present this free gig at Withington’s long standing vegetarian café bar Fuel. Joining Picnic Area on the night are headliners JP & The Razors – who play good old-fashioned bluesy rock ‘n’ roll – alongside Croydon post-punk trio Burry Callen Devlin and socially-conscious New York singer-songwriter Dan Sheehan – who’ll be performing as part of his UK tour. Admission is free, but donations are requested to help cover the artists’ expenses.
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