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Why Don’t You… Go to the Manchester Comic Con?

July 19, 2013


The San Diego Comic Con might be in full swing, but Manchester is all set to be invaded this weekend. Daleks, Stormtroopers and Klingons will all be descending on Manchester Central for the annual MCM Expo. One of the biggest sci-fi and anime events in the north, it yet again returns with a mix of […]

MIF: Chopra and do it 2013 in Review

July 18, 2013


Manchester International Festival has been dominating the column inches recently. From Kenneth Branagah’s Macbeth through to the audio visual experience of Massive Attack vs. Adam Curtis, there have certainly been some diverse events across the city – both paid and free. The Festival Tent in Albert Square has certainly reinvigorated the area with its programme […]

Entertainment to Die For..

June 10, 2013


A retirement party for James Bond goes horrifically wrong when a retirement gift backfires and kills him. But who’s dastardly machinations got rid of one of this country’s best known secret agents? Could it be the political animal at the head of MI6, Titan Belt, or his long-time friend Phillip Screwdriver? Does Bond’s Russian wife Ivana […]

Strange World, Odd Person

May 18, 2013


Guest contributor David McGowan from The Battered Billycock was at the launch of Manchester poet Rod Tame’s new book, Strange World, Odd Person on behalf of The Fiction Stroker on Thursday night, here’s his take on events:  Rod Tame’s launch night for his book ‘Strange World, Odd Person’ (Flapjack Press) is a superb example of […]

You Are My Only Hope – Star Wars in Manchester

May 4, 2013


Manchester’s Generation Gallery is hosting the world premiere of several pieces in the Official Star Wars fine art collection from today. The Fiction Stroker was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the delights awaiting visitors as they tackle the Force. Iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, robots R2-D2 and C3PO are […]

Why Don’t You… Celebrate Delia Derbyshire Day?

January 9, 2013


Manchester’s Band on the Wall is hosting a special event this Saturday (12 January) to celebrate the life and influence of a pioneering electronic music composer, Delia Derbyshire. Perhaps best known for her work in realising the iconic Doctor Who theme tune, she unashamedly spearheaded a musical revolution. Following her intense interest in the mechanics […]

Why Don’t You… Visit The National Media Museum?

December 30, 2012


The National Media Museum in the heart of Bradford City Centre celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2013. Boasting over 3.5 million items in its collection, and with several thousand more bequeathed to the museum by the BBC recently, it is unrivalled in its significance to archive television, film and photography. It is well worth planning […]

Creating Comics with Jim Medway

November 29, 2012


I like comics. I like reading them, I like collecting them, and I used to, in a much younger life, attempt to draw my own. Mine were supposed to look like people and animals, but my ‘dog’ looked like it had been squashed by a bus for starters. Enter Jim Medway’s Minicomic Workshop with the promise that […]

The Blog North Awards 2012

October 25, 2012


Last Wednesday evening, the great and the good of the Northern blogging scene assembled for the inaugural Blog North Awards. Spinning off from seven years of the Manchester Blog Awards, Blog North aims to capture, encourage and reward excellent blogging and writing in the North of England. A partnership between Manchester-based Openstories, and Creative Tourist […]

Birmingham Book Festival: Reliable Witness

October 5, 2012


A little further afield, Birmingham Book Festival is swinging into gear. One of it’s features this year is an unusual and exciting new interactive storytelling project. Guest blogger Sarah-Clare Conlon from Words and Fixtures tells us more: As advances in consumer technology continue apace and we don’t seem to tire of flocking to the latest […]