Stroker’s Picks: October

Posted on October 5, 2012

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Manchester has an awful lot going on this month. A plethora of festivals are about to hit the streets, and The Fiction Stroker is giving you a rundown of the best events this October!

Greater Manchester Film Festival, 5 –  7 October

Manchester’s first independent film festival kicks off this weekend with a programme of premieres, workshops and local films for all the family to enjoy across the city.

Highlights include the premiere of Collaborator, Girl Shaped Love Drug, workshops with Directors and the BAFTA 2012 Winning Short Film Tour. Mancunians will be interested in Sunday’s programme that offers a glimpse of Manchester in Film.

Grimmfest – until 7 October

The ever growing festival of horror and cult films is back, bigger and better than before with guest panels from Patrick Mower, Tommy Knight, Ross Noble, Dominic Brunt and many many more.

Highlights include a screening of the classic The Devil Rides Out and a highly anticipated Q&A session with Ross Noble for his new film Stitches.

Manchester Literature Festival, 8-23 October

Back for another year with an impressive line up, Manchester Literature Festival is set to hit Manchester with author talks, live events, poetry and prose and even an awards ceremony.

Here’s The Fiction Stroker’s five to look out for:

  • Face 2 Face: Sally Wainwright – aspiring scriptwriters will want to be at this BBC Writers Room event with the creator of At Home with the Braithwaites and Scott & Bailey, MediaCity UK, 10 Oct
  • Clare Balding – sure to be popular from her success fronting Olympic and Paralympic coverage, Clare Balding launches her childhood memoir, My Animals and Other Family, in this afternoon talk, Royal Exchange, 14 Oct
  • Blog North Awards – celebrating the best of Northern blog talent with a guest reading from acclaimed author Adam Christopher and even an experiment in micro-blogging on the night, Deaf Institute, 17 Oct
  • Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange – historian and broadcaster Dominic Sandbrook journeys through the impact of this famous novel and the culture of the 1960’s/70’s in this enlightening talk, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 18 Oct
  • Tramlines – join us  on a cross-continental commission bringing together authors from around Europe and beyond to explore urban landscapes through the prism of the short story, and using tram infrastructures as inspiration, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 20 Oct

A Steamy Affair, 8-14 October

Imagine a home –made sex tape goes missing during a clear out and months later, a young man knocks on your door holding the disc in his hand.
 How would you react?

Surely not in the way that Carol reacts in A Steamy Affair at Studio Salford, October 8-14, written by retired police sergeant Brian Marchbank.

Brian is not one to be easily shocked – he’s seen all sides of life while working working for Greater Manchester Police for 29 years but didn’t start writing until he was 50.

“Marchbank writes punchy, edgy and funny dialogue” – Rick Bowen, Messenger

Set to be funny, shocking and insightful, A Steamy Affair is on at 7.30pm from 8-11 October and 4pm on 12-13 October at The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford. Tickets are £7/£5.

Looking further afield also this month the programme for The Greater Manchester Comedy Fringe Festival is being finalised. Running from 17-30 October, this festival is brought to you by the same people who brought this summer’s Greater Manchester Fringe. A full preview is coming soon.

And towards the end of the month, Manchester Science Festival hits a variety of venues in the city and beyond from 27 October to 4 November.

Now matter what your interest, Manchester is undoubtedly the place to be this month!

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