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Below are the events that happened in 2022

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December Side Door Radio Programme -  Click Here



t features an interview conducted by Dave Burnham with Jane Mann, violinist with the Bolton Symphony Ochestra.
Also featured are interviews with Cllr Hilary Fairclough, deputy leader of Bolton Council and Steve Meekings, owner of X RECORDS, by Dave Morgan.
Julia Uttley interviews noted street photographer Don Tonge.
Programme editor Peter Firth ínterviews Dave Burnham about his recently published book ‘An A-Z of Bolton’.
The programme was recorded shortly before Dave Burnham's sudden and untimely death and is broadcast with the permission of his family


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Dave Burnham 14.11.50 - 08.10.22

We were very sad to announce the death of one of our own, the davebremarkable, succesful and well respected Dave Burnham, a director of Live from Worktown CIC.

Dave was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Dave died peacefully after a short illness, surrounded by love and his family.

In 2023 we will be having various events to celebrate his life and works

Click Here for the Bolton News Tribute to him


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A great night at the Market Place with special guest Limbs, MC: Peter Firth with Jeff Dawson, Natasha Tingle, Paul Welch, Tony Ray, Ross Dunn, Lynn Walton, Paul Gaskell and Dave Morgan


write Out Loud event 5th June




Saturday 28th May 2022, 7pm-9:30pm @ Bolton Museum, Art Gallery & Library
the UK premiere of ‘Whitman on Walls!’ happened on Saturday 28th May at Bolton Museum & Art Gallery.  A British-American collaboration that launched a series of seven short films with over 50 global actors and local performers responding to American writer, Walt Whitman, seminal poem ‘Song of Myself’
Bolton’s links to American Cultural icon Walt Whitman are well documented and the Socialist Club organised its first of the post-Covid picnic walks to celebrate his birthday on Saturday 28 May starting from Barrow Bridge car park at 2.00. In the evening a major event was held at Bolton Central Library celebrating Whitman’s work ’Song of Myself’ in association with Yale University’s School of Drama. This began at 7 pm with a preview of a short film written and commissioned from University of Bolton by Dave Burnham and Dick Perkins. ‘Minnie and the Canary’ explains how the Whitman legacy (including his stuffed canary) in Bolton was saved by the diligence of one housekeeper. After a drinks reception the programme continued with a showing of seven short films featuring fifty plus performers from Yale University’s Compagnia de’ Colombari  interpreting Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’. This was supported live by a range of Greater Manchester poets, readers and singers, including the Cotton Queens and the Sunday Boys.
Organised by the University of Bolton in collaboration Compagnia de’ Colombari; Bolton Museum, Art Gallery & Library; David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University; the Walt Whitman Initiative, New York; the Bolton Socialist Club and Live from Worktown, Bolton

Short Animation Premier

The above short film, 'A year on the hill', was shown at Bolton' Central Library on the afternoon of 21st May. Written & Produced by Dave Morgan, the films other credits are: Music by Kevin Bates, Animation by Rachel Appleton. Sound recording by John Maycraft with voice overs by Dave Morgan and actress Stella Blackburn.


 Book Launch

Dave Burnham's book, A-Z of Bolton was launched on the morning of 21st May at Bolton's Central Library

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A Guided Worktown Walk


Another fabulous live Worktown Walk with the Wandlerlust Women. The weather couldn't have been better for a few hours exploring the rich industrial history of the now oh-so-quaint villages and countriside of Chapeltown, Edgworth and Turton. The historical importance of these places really comes alive with Dave Burnham's engaging and witty commentary. A big thank you to Amira Patel, founder of Wanderlust Women and everyone who came along.


Side Door - Radio Programme


We launched the first edition of 'Side Door' on Bolton FM on Monday 18th April. As well as a what's on section there were interviews with local artist, Rachel Appleton and Dave Burnham told the sory of the Top Storey Club fire. We have split the show in to three parts - click on the link below to go to them



Poetry Open Mic Night 7.30pm 2.4.22

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The first one to be live, in-person for quite a while, at the V5 venue at the Vaults, The Market Place Bolton.
Very special Guest, Lancashire Poet Steven P. Taylor. “He takes the everyday and makes it personal and makes you smile” BBC Radio Lancashire. was ioined with music from Kevin Bates, Emily Cooke, Mike Chadwick and Peter Firth, Comedy from Chris Kehoe,  spoken word & poetry from Dave Morgan and fun from Dick Perkins


 Poets Building Bridges  20th March 2022

A triangulation of events from the USA to UK to India

Leg 6 of the Interrnational Poetry Collaboration organised by George Wallace and hosted by Live from Worktown. and captured on youtube.

Featuring Emily Cooke, Ben Wilkinson, Melanie Neads and Nat Clare alongside colleagues from Chenna and New York City.



Bolton's Write Out Loud

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 Love from Worktown - Anthology 8

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There was a stunning turn out (around 40 people) for our anthology launch at St George's House last evening and great readings by our guests Martin Thomasson, Stella Blackburn, Louise Wilson and Kevin Bates.
One of our few live events since the start of lockdown.