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Here's what happened in 2016...

2016 events were put in jeopardy when the Arts Council refused our grant application. However, the team soon rallied and with help from Bolton CVS, local businesses and organisations we managed to put together an Autumn  programme of very successful events which are outlined below:


 Jazz at Harvey’s

The best in contemporary Jazz and Blues brought to you in partnership with Harvey’s Café Bar, Mawdsley St, Bolton BL1 1LF
 Tickets : £6.80 in advance online/ £8 on the door. Season ticket (all four concerts) in advance online was £23.

Kind of Blue : the best-selling jazz album of all time with the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane performed by the Dean Masser/Neil Yates Sextet - featuring Neil Yates (trumpet), Dean Masser (alto sax), Ed ‘Toots’ Kainyak (tenor sax), John Ellis (piano), Ed Harrison (double bass), Caroline Boaden (drums).
Sunday 25 September Doors open 7.30pm  First set 8.15

Jamil Sheriff Trio :  critically acclaimed jazz with a distinctive sound. ‘Contemporary jazz with a personal stamp’ (Guardian), ‘constantly inventive’ (Yorkshire Post). The trio have chosen this gig launch their new CD before embarking on a national tour.

Featuring Jamil Sheriff (piano), Pete Turner (double bass),  Dave Walsh (drums)

Sunday 30 October Doors open 7.30pm  First set 8.15

Kyla  Brox : ‘the most authentic UK blues singer of her generation’, a stalwart of Europe’s premier jazz and blues festivals, Kyla Brox delivers outstanding renditions of classic and contemporary blues.
Featuring Kyla Brox (vocals and flute) and Danny Blomeley (guitar)
Sunday 20 November Doors open 7.30pm  First set 8.15

Alan Taylor Quartet :  Christmas special orchestrated by The Manager’s popular drummer Alan Taylor. Featuring Alan Taylor (drums), Kyran Matthews (tenor sax), Danny Wellens (keys), Josh Brierley (double bass)
Sunday 11 December Doors open 7.30pm  First set 8.15

Into the Light - Writing Workshops
Don’t keep your talent in the dark. These creative writing workshops were designed to give you the opportunity to write a story (500 words) or poem (40 lines) about an individuals life or your town with the help of Julie McKiernan.

There were three weekly sessions with Julie during which she helped attendees draft their ideas, improved their creative skills and helped them prepare a finished piece.

Horwich Library BL6 7AJ Fridays 16, 23 and 30 September 10.00am-12.00
Waterstone’s Bolton BL1 1EN  Fridays 14, 21 and 28 October 10.00am-12.00
Farnworth Library BL4 7PG  Fridays 4,11 and 18 November 10.00am-12.00

Word Cabaret
The return of the highly successful cabaret nights featuring poets, comedians, musicians, story tellers and maybe the odd magician. Hosted by Jodie Smith-Richardson.
George’s Gallery and Coffee House, St George’s Rd, Bolton  BL1 2EN
Tuesday 4 October 8.00pm-10.00

Tuesday 1 November 8.00pm-10.00

Tuesday 6 December 8-10pm

Admission £2

Write out Loud Special
The internationally renowned performance poetry organisation was set up in Bolton over ten years ago. This special evening featured Write out Loud founder Julian Jordon, who had recently returned from an American tour. The event also provided plenty of opportunity for poets to read their own work. Hosted by Jefferama.
Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street BL 1 1DY    
Tuesday 18 October 8.00pm-10.00
Admission £2 including raffle

National Poetry Day : Thursday 6 October
This year’s theme is ‘Messages’ and we will be ran a workshop around the theme led by Dave Morgan and Jodie Smith-Richardson.
Limited places : fee £2
Waterstone’s Bolton Bl1 1EN     Thursday 6 October 10.30-12.30  
This was followed by an open mic session in Bolton Central Library BL1 1SE starting at 2.30 pm  compered by Paul Blackburn and John Crook (of the Westhoughton Poetry Group).

Short Story writing Course
Led by award winning short story writer David Gaffney in conjunction with Bolton Council and Creative Industries Trafford. This extremely successful, four session course attracted 16 people.

St George’s Gallery & Coffee bar, St George’s Rd Bolton BL1 2EN
Tuesday 11 October 6.30pm-9.00
Tuesday 25 October 6.30pm-9.00
Tuesday 8 November 6.30pm-9.00
Tuesday 15 November 6.30pm-9.00
Limited places : fee £32.40 for the four sessions

Bolton International Writing Project
Celebrating the launch of a new collection of writing by Bolton residents whose first tongue is not English, this showcase illustrated the range and diversity of writing talent in the Borough. Supported by guests Paul Blackburn's and his 'Music hall experience' and, renowned poet, playwright, author and broadcaster, Anjum Malik, who brought her own special brand of storytelling and experience-sharing to the event.

Friends Meeting House, Silverwell Street, Bolton  BL1 1PP
Thursday 13 October  7.00pm-9.00

Bolton’s Iconic Buildings
An exhibition of drawings of Bolton’s 50 most emblematic buildings by Dave Burnham. A 2017 calendar has been produced and is available to purchase for £6 at Live from Worktown events or £8.99 by post.
Upstairs at Waterstone’s Bolton from 17 October to 25 November.
Enquiries about the event or the calendar to

Saints and Sinners Guided Walk
A two hour journey through Bolton’s colourful history, sober and saintly, debauched and dissolute. The walk introduced characters, events and places from Bolton’s eventful past. Led by Dave Burnham.
Sunday 23 October 11.00am-1pm

Into the Light Anthology Launch
 This was the third Live from Worktown anthology but this time it was extended to short story writers as well as poets. What’s more writers had to live or work in Bolton Borough to make a submission. We collected over thirty pieces from local writers with a local theme.
Waterstone’s Bolton, Thursday 24 November 4.00pm -5.30