There are loads of great events going on to keep spirits high as we motor through January. We’ve rounded up the best free things to do from home this week, featuring a concert from the Anthony Burgess Foundation and the return of Partisan Collective’s Book Club. Read on to find out more…

Philosophy Cafe | Manchester Art Gallery | Tue 19 Jan | 11am - 12:30pm

Can one make one’s self happy or unhappy? This is one for the deep thinkers among us. Manchester Art Gallery have moved their regular philosophy series online, taking the lead on this Zoom chat all about happiness. Listen, consider and discuss how we might all achieve happiness.

Elizabeth Gaskell's Manchester with Ed Gilnert | Tue 19 Jan | 2pm

Gaskell was raised in Manchester and is one of the country’s most celebrated novelists, writing on the often miserable conditions of cities in Victorian Britain as well as penning the celebrated novels Cranford and North and South. Join social historian Ed Gilnert for this fascinating talk that asks what life would have been like in Gaskell’s Manchester.

Young Identity | Contact Theatre | Wed 20 Jan | 7pm

This year, the Contact-based collective Young Identity is celebrating its 15th birthday. Formed in Moss Side, this group of young creatives focus on stretching the boundaries of literature. This is your chance to talk and collaborate in one of their online sessions – whether poetry, prose, stage or screen, if you’re between 13 and 25 and love to write, be sure to check this out!

Richard Casey plays Beethoven, Burgess and more | International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Thu 21 Jan | 7pm

A Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess’s output spanned novels, screenplays and literary criticism – but did you know that he was also a composer of some 250 works? Join pianist Richard Casey for this free online concert that sees some of his piano music paired with pieces from Burgess’ compositional inspirations, performed on Burgess’ own piano.

Partisan Book Club discuss Nevada by Imogen Binnie | Thu 21 Jan | 6pm - 8:30pm

Imogen Binnie is one of America’s foremost trans authors, and Nevada, which follows the tribulations of a young trans woman trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail, is arguably her best work to date. New members are very welcome to come and chat (or just listen if you prefer).

Tue 19 Jan
Hugh Morris
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Mon 18 Jan 2021