Books, glorious books: Oldham gears up for Bookmark Weekend

STELLAR STARS stars of page, stage and screen will be welcomed to the borough for the October Bookmark Weekend.

On Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, literary lovers can enjoy an exciting range of book-themed activities.

The Bookmark Weekend – an offshoot of the successful annual Bookmark Festival – is part of Oldham Council Libraries’ Live@thelibrary initiative and supported by Arts Council England.

Visitors can also pop into the new, vintage, second-hand bookshop “Bookmark-It on Albion Street, which sells pre-loved library books with regular creative activities.

kirsty Greenwood
Kirsty Greenwood

Manchester actor and writer, Anthony Bowers-Smith will read children’s favourite Bernard The Vampire Cat from 10.30am-12noon at the shop on the Saturday.

On the same day, Oldham writer Kirsty Greenwood will be signing books and discussing her novels Yours Truly and The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance, from 2-3.30pm. Both sessions are free and no need to book.

Roald Dahl fans will be delighted as Anthony Pedley performs his unique, one man version of the classic tale The BFG on both days.

Families can also enjoy an early spine-tingling treat before Halloween with the screening of The Witches in the library’s new Performance Space on the Saturday evening.

On the Friday, award-winning children’s author Alan Gibbons will talk about his works, including Caught in the Crossfire, at Oldham Children’s Library.

Later that day, the author of The Year of Reading Dangerously, Andy Miller, will entertainingly guide listeners through his 10-step programme to cure bad reading habits.

Andy Miller

Novelist Louis de Bernieres, well-known for creating Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, will talk about his new book The Dust that Falls from Dreams, at the Millgate Arts Centre, in Delph on the Saturday.

The same day, graphic novel writer and illustrator Brian Gorman will present his work at The Information Library, Oldham Library.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “Our library staff work very hard to deliver an environment that brings books to life and is not just a place where people can read or borrow books.

“Our Bookmark Festival earlier in the year received great feedback from local residents and visitors from outside of the borough – and this exciting, autumnal programme has sprouted from that success.

“There’s something for all ages which will make you laugh, smile or even a bit scared before Halloween comes around. Come and enjoy.”

Tickets for all Bookmark Weekend events, unless otherwise stated, are £5 (£4 library members) available online. All events take place at Oldham Library, unless otherwise stated.

Full programme:

Friday, October 23
The BFG by Roald Dahl (10.30am and 1pm)
Alan Gibbons (5pm – free)
Andy Miller (7pm).

Saturday, October 24the-witches
The BFG by Roald Dahl (11am and 2pm)
Anthony Bowers-Smith (10.30am – Vintage Shop)
Kirsty Greenwood (2pm – Vintage Shop)
Louis de Bernieres (2pm – The Millgate Arts Centre, Delph)
Brian Gorman (3pm)
The Witches (6pm).


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