Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


Evening


Re/place(d)
Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Adrian Slatcher

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

Take a tour of local places through the site-specific short stories of critically acclaimed and award-winning writers set against a backdrop of archive film and photography. 

 

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About the Event

From the Gates of Hell to a grand Victorian railway hotel, take a tour of local places through the site-specific short stories of critically acclaimed and award-winning writers Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Adrian Slatcher, set against a backdrop of archive film and photography. 

To bring you stories that are right up your street, the six Re/Place(d) writers will be exploring places and spaces from around Didsbury, including a grand railway hotel gone to the dogs, a Victorian villa with unique stained glass windows, and an Art Deco block of flats with a mysterious safe.

About the Artists

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Elizabeth Baines

Elizabeth Baines is a playwright and the author of two short story collections, Used to Be and Balancing on the Edge of the World, and the novels Too Many Magpies and The Birth Machine, all published by Salt.

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Sarah Butler. (Photo: Eva Sajovic.)

Sarah Butler explores the relationship between writing and place through prose, poetry and participatory projects, and ran the Walking The Edge project for DAF in 2015. She has two novels published by Picador in the UK and with fourteen international publishers: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love and Before The Fire.

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Sarah-Clare Conlon. (Photo: Kezia Tan.)

Sarah-Clare Conlon is a flash fiction writer and journalist, who headed up the Re/Place project for Chorlton Arts Festival in 2015. Her prize-winning work is published by Salt, Comma, Stand and Flash, and she was long listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award. A former editor on ELLE, she now writes for Creative Tourist and Manchester Confidential, and runs popular live literature night Verbose.

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David Gaffney. (Photo: Phil Rigby, Cumbria Life.)

David Gaffney has published four story collections with Salt: Sawn-off Tales, Aromabingo, The Half-life of Songs and More Sawn-off Tales. He is the author of two novels, Never Never and All the Places I’ve Ever Lived, which has just been published. He has a graphic novel, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head, in collaboration with artist Dan Berry, out next year.

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Nicholas Royle. (Photo: Zoë McLean.)

Nicholas Royle is the author of 150 short stories, two novellas and seven novels, most recently First Novel (Vintage). His short story collection Ornithology is out in May 2017 on Confingo Publishing and he has edited 20 anthologies, including six volumes of Best British Short Stories (Salt). A senior lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize, he also runs Nightjar Press.

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Adrian Slatcher. (Photo: Jonathan Bean.)

Adrian Slatcher is a poet, short story writer and musician. His poetry and short stories are widely published, including the Salt Modern Voices collection Playing Solitaire for Money. He is currently working on a novel and makes music as Bonbon Experiment

 

 

Supported by Arts Council England.

 

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