Salford Libraries Live

Salford Libraries Live
This Spring, Salford Libraries Live is bringing great arts events to Pendleton Library for adults and young people - with spoken word from the brilliant Bad Language, a chance to develop your songwriting skills with musician Marc Winstanley, plus a night of poetry and comedy with Ian McMillan - the amazing bard of Barnsley himself - and Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband.
Children, young people and families can also try their hand at our interactive puppet booth experience with the unique Clapperbox Theatre Company.
There's a world of exciting things happening in Salford Libraries both on and off the shelves. So discover, explore, learn, watch, take part and enjoy!

Download the Salford Libraries Live booklet

Bad Language: Lost City Stories 08/03/18

Thursday 8 March 2018, 7pm, Pendleton Library
£5 (plus booking fee), booking required

Award-winning live literature promoters, Bad Language, present stories through the wide lens of history. Especially commissioned writers tell tales with long timelines and wild visions from civilisations that have shaped the world today. 

The stories will take the theme of building or destroying, and may be told through music and poetry. Experience the oldest tradition of all - passing on tales - with a truly modern twist. 

Bad Language are twice-winners of UK Best Spoken Word Night and hold monthly events in Manchester's Northern Quarter. View full event.

Join us for this unique spoken word event celebrating the BBC's Civilisations Festival

Bar available. Suitable for ages 14 and over. 

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Family Film Day - Clapperbox 10/04/18

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm & 2:30pm - 4:30pm, Pendleton Library
FREE, no booking required

A fun and interactive street puppet booth experience with popcorn included!

See mini versions of some of the most famous films in history. Either watch or take part yourself by following the instructions to act out those classic cinema moments with a variety of puppets and household objects. These mini puppet booths have been a hit at festivals and libraries across the country. 

A great family activity for the school holidays. If you have a sense of fun you will love this! View full event.

Each of the mini performances lasts 15 minutes. Drop in anytime and take part or watch as many as you want to.

Suitable for ages 7 years +. Sense of humour essential!

"I have not laughed so much in ages; I never thought I would see my husband with a colander on his head." - Audience Member

"I have been three times to Clapperbox and played them all twice. I have joined a drama group, I want to be an actor." - Audience Member, age 10

Paddington Bear 2: Film Screening 10/04/18

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 1:30pm - 4:00pm, Pendleton Library
£1 (plus booking fee), booking required, suitable for all

When something special of Paddington Bear's is stolen, the adventure-loving bear and his adoptive family must solve a mystery and find the thief.

Accepted into the Brown family, Paddington (Ben Whishaw) has become quite the neighbourhood attraction. After all, it's not every day you see a talking bear - even in London! But Paddington has never forgotten the family he left behind, namely his beloved Aunt Lucy, who is about to celebrate her 100th birthday. View full event.

A fantastic film for all the family!

For children and accompanying adults only. All children must be accompanied by an adult.



'Anybody Can Write a Song!' with Marc Winstanley 25/04/18

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Pendleton Library
£7 (plus booking fee), booking required, suitable for ages 14+

Ever thought about writing and recording your very own song? Let Marc Winstanley show you how easy it can be through a fun, interactive workshop.

Whether you'd like to improve your writing skills or see how it's all put together from beginning to end, come along and get involved - EVERYBODY welcome, from absolute beginners to experienced songwriters!

Bring along your unfinished songs, a topic to write about or just watch others develop their ideas. Together you'll write and record the songs professionally.

Marc has written and recorded songs for orchestras, choirs, theatre, the X Factor and The Voice. He has toured as a drummer, pianist, guitarist, singer and producer with various artists. View full event.

No instruments or musical ability needed.

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Ian McMillan and Tony Husband - A Cartoon of History Here 17/05/18

Thursday 17 May 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm (no interval), Pendleton Library
£10 (plus booking fee), booking required, suitable for all

Comedy, cartoonery, poetry and improv created by tonight's audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband.

A fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. View full event.

"I have never had such feedback from a gig. Everyone went away delighted and exhausted. A superb evening." - John Watterson, Poppleton

"The funniest thing I've seen in ten years of running this festival." - Steve Boffy, Beeline Festival

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