As a members’ only establishment, The Portico can feel like something of an enigma right in the heart of the city. However, the venue hosts many events which are open to the public, so mere mortals can get to experience the place, at least for a short while. Here are four of the best upcoming events during spring 2018…

Q&A with writer Melvin Burgess (pic) 
The noted author of children’s and young adult fiction will be appearing this Thursday. He is known for the novel ‘Junk’, which was lauded for its realistic portrayal of the darker aspects of young people’s lives. The event will be chaired by Hannah Kate – a poet, radio presenter, and short-story writer. After an introduction and dialogue with Melvin, the floor will be opened for questions.
Thu 19 Apr, 6.30 – 8.30pm, prices vary,

Art Songs by Female Composers
It’s no surprise that women composers in the 18th and 19th centuries were not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. However, this afternoon event aims to celebrate the women of classical music with a programme of songs by artists such as Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn – whose work was overlooked in favour the men in their families. Vocalists Natalie Mayer-Hutchings and Jessica Lawrence Hares will be performing.
Sat 21 Apr, 2- 4pm, prices vary,

Rare Book Club: East Asia
The library’s historic collection offers great insight into how the society of 19th century Manchester viewed the wider world. This special guided introduction to the collection will focus on the Voyages and Travels section, which includes extensive literature on China and the Far East. This event is part of a wider programme of activity related to the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art’s library and archive. Booking is required.
Sat 12 May, 1.30- 3pm, £2.50,

Monthly Drawing Classes
You can practice your life drawing skills in this inspiring setting, with advice available from class tutor Greg Fenwick. Basic materials are provided, but you can also bring your own pencils, chalks, and charcoals. Tea and coffee are included in the price. Booking is not required.
2nd & 4th Sat of the month, 11.30am-1.30pm, £10,

Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HY, Tel: 0161 236 6785,

Thu 19 Apr - Sat 25 Aug
A. James Simpkin
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Sun 8 Jul 2018