Press Release: Salford Libraries Live announces Spring second season of events at Pendleton Library

2nd February 2018

Salford Community Libraries, which runs sixteen libraries across Salford, has developed a new events programme for families that will bring a schedule of high quality, arts and cultural events to libraries and Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

Salford Libraries Live, which has been funded with £71,222 from the Arts Council England, runs until September 2019. The ambitious programme will include live theatre, music, visual and digital art, family shows, storytelling, top author events and hands-on creative workshops for people of all ages.

A second season of exciting events have been developed to engage existing library users and museum visitors at Eccles, Pendleton, Swinton and Walkden Libraries and Gateway Centres and at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, which is situated on The Crescent in Salford.

Following the success of the initial events at Eccles Library before Christmas, the Spring events will take place at Pendleton Library for adults and young people kicking off with Bad Language: Lost City Stories on Thursday 8 March at 7pm. Award-winning live literature promoters Bad Language present stories through the wide lens of history. Specially 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. Tickets cost £5 and booking is required.

A free family fun day on 10 April called Clapperbox will take place at Pendleton Library which is 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 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. The event consists of drop in sessions running 11:00am - 1:00pm & 2:30pm - 4:30pm.

If you love music and aspire to be a songwriter then the fun, interactive workshop ‘Anybody Can Write A Song’ with Marc Winstanley is for you. Wednesday 25 April 2018, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.Tickets cost £7 (plus booking fee) and booking is required, suitable for ages 14+. 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.

Finally, at Pendleton Library on Thursday 17 May 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm there will be comedy, cartoonery, poetry and improv created by Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband. This event will be a fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. Tickets are £10 and booking is required. This event is suitable for all ages.

Sarah Spence, Head of Libraries and Heritage at Salford Community Leisure, said:

“There's a world of exciting things happening in Salford Libraries both on and off the shelves and we encourage people to discover, explore, learn, watch, take part and enjoy! We’re very proud of our libraries in Salford; they are exciting cultural places.   This is a partnership between the Arts Development, Libraries, Heritage and Music and Performing Arts services to show the local community that there is a world of interesting things happening at our libraries, both on and off the shelves.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing members as they discover, explore, learn, watch, take part and enjoy our new Salford Libraries Live events programme.”

Live events at Pendleton Library run from March until May. For more information about what’s on, please visit

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