This Programme has been developed in conjunction with, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund


Festival Launch : an opportunity for supporters and sponsors to preview the range of resources created by Live from Worktown and its partners including a new biography and a DVD.

Fri 24 November, 5.30pm, Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Invitation Only



The Unobserved Observer On Saturday 25th November (7.30pm; donations) at Bolton Socialist Club (16 Wood St, Bolton BL1 1DY), local musician Michael Chadwick presents this new piece, a musical interpretation of Humphrey Spender's famous photographs of Bolton in the late 30s, telling the fascinating story of Bolton and Mass Observation. This is a work in progress piece - feedback welcome!    


spring and port wine


‘Spring and Port Wine’ : Bolton-based film. Written by Bill Naughton, starring James Mason, directed by Peter Hammond. The film will be Introduced by Dr Nicola Shaw (University of Bolton) and accompanied by an exhibition of Bill Naughton’s Bolton. All those purchasing a ticket will receive a complimentary copy of ‘Bill Naughton’s Bolton Life’, a brand new biography by Dave Burnham (2017).

Friday 24 November, doors 7.00 pm , screening 7.30pm, Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, £10 Click Here for tickets


Bill Naughton’s Bolton:  A guided walk through the streets Bill grew up in, led by Dave Burnham (approx. 2 hrs)

Sun 26 November, 2.00pm, meet at McDonalds, Derby Street BL3 6HH. Booking essential. Max 20 places. Free but book your ticket now - Click Here 

This walk will also be offered in January, March, April and June 2018.



‘Bill Naughton’s Significance as a Writer’ – lecture by Prof David Rudd, a national authority on Bill Naughton, PLUS unique access to many original manuscripts in Bolton Archive’s extensive ‘Bill Naughton Collection’. This is an opportunity to see The Bill Naughton Archive : held by Bolton Central Library the archive contains a wealth of original material & manuscripts, film treatments, work in progress, letters, notes, scribbles. Of interest to writers, historians, scholars, as well as sociologists and the general public. An opportunity to sample and find out how to access the archive.

Sat 2 December, 2.00pm, Bolton Central Library. Booking essential. Free but book your ticket now Click Here.


calendarThe Live from Worktown Calendar 2018

This year’s calendar is an integral part of Live from Worktown’s Bill Naughton Season. The images are by revered local photographer, the late Geoff Davies, chosen by Betty Davies and Ray Jefferson. They reflect the legacy of Bolton’s industrial past and capture both the loss of past certainties and the pain of change, but there's also the warmth and creativity of the people who live in this rickety, but proud old town. £9.99 from WHSmith’s or Waterstone’s or Click Here to purchase online £6 plus p&p .



This programme has been developed in association with the Heritage Lottery Fund with the active involvement of many local organisations including: the University of Bolton, the Octagon Theatre, Bolton Council, Bolton at Home, Libraries and Museums Service, Bolton Little Theatre, All Souls Community Centre, SS Peter and Paul's RC Primary School, Halliwell History Society, Bolton Amateur Theatre Society, and Bolton Arts Forum.


 Respect the Past, Enjoy the Present, Embrace the Future