Sunday 15 April 2018 : Bolton School Music Centre

The Jamil Sheriff Quartet performed the world premiere of Rafe’s Dilemma, commissioned by Live from Worktown as part of its Bill Naughton’s Bolton Season.

 Jamil3 Live from Worktown proudly announced the premiere of this specially commissioned suite, Rafe’s Dilemma, written and performed by leading jazz performer and composer, Jamil Sheriff (pictured)..

 Jamil is now Director of Jazz Composition at Leeds Music School but has fronted bands playing in all the major jazz venues and festivals and as far afield as China. Rafe’s Dilemma takes its inspiration from Naughton’s Spring and Port Wine (1970).

Rafe Crompton, played by James Mason in the film, was a northern working class domestic tyrant, and the film dwells on his relationship with each member of his family, as the 60’s begin to swing.




  • Sunday 1st June until 30th June
      Many people called into the Naughton centre to see Dave Burnham's collection of wry and affectionate caricatures of well known (and fast disappearing) Bolton Land marks.




  • Monday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June

Four creative writing workshop led by Julie McKiernan on the theme of commemoration - of events large and small, personal and global.


  • Saturday 9th June (1.30-3.30pm; free):

Professor Bob Snape and Brid Andrews introduced “Spinning Memories” – short performances by students from the University of Bolton School of the Arts which dramatised some of the material in the Worktown archive:


  • Sunday 10th June (1-3pm):

We presented “A Bit of a Do” – Cabaret in the Afternoon, featuring local singer/songwriter Nat Clare and friends, plus open mic. Compered by Paul Blackburn.


  • Saturday 16th June (2-3pm)

Members of Jim Cartwright’s Drama Studio presented short pieces inspired by the work of Bill Naughton.



We put on an end of season celebration with a showing of:


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Friday 20 July 2018

Bolton Little Theatre

Freely available for each attendee on the night was a copy of the 17 min DVD, 'Bill nightshift smallNaughton: The Bolton Years', a postcard of Dave Burnham's painting 'Night Shift' (pictured), and a hot-off-the-press copy of the graphic fold-out story of Bill Naughton in Bolton.

Also available for purchase were:signed and numbered A2 copies of 'Night shift'  on good quality cartridge paper, additional copies of the DVD & postcards as well as the Naughton biography.


Copies of Night Shift can be purchased click here




Sunday 18 November 8.00pm -10.00pm                                                  
Write out Loud Festival of Light Celebration
People brought their own own or a favourite poem to read and heard Oliver James Lomax’s  Bolton tribute poem, specially commissioned for the Festival..Bolton Socialist Club, Wood Street, BL1

Thursday 22 November 10am to Noon
Life Writing with Anne Caldwell (Univ of Bolton)

Creative writing workshop used the autobiographical work of Bill Naughton for Inspiration. Bolton Central Library


Thursday 22 November 5pm - 6pm                                

Live from Worktown Anthology Launch  
We celebrated the publication of LfW’s fifth anthology  containing over 30 poems and short stories on the theme of ’commemoration’. Costa Coffee at Waterstones, Deansgate BL1



Sunday 16 December
Jazz at the Olympus: Christmas Special  with the Alan Taylor Quartet 

Over eighty people came and enjoyed some great jazz - with a hot pasty thrown in - at the Olympus Restaurant, on Great Moor Street,

More jazz events are planned for 2019!