Friday, September 30, 2011

Theme #4: Literary Tours

Digital Marketing Assistant Sarah-Clare Conlon picks another theme running during this year's Festival: literary tours of the city.

Our Principal Sponsor for the 2011 Festival, HSBC Premier - HSBC’s premium banking service - has specially commissioned a series of free one-hour literary tours to celebrate its sponsorship of Manchester Literature Festival, a highlight of the bank’s global Cultural Exchange programme.

On various dates throughout the Festival, visitors can join Blue Badge Guide and Manchester Confidential Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Schofield (pictured) to uncover the fascinating literary history of the city and find out more about the writers who have lived, worked and travelled here.

Tours depart from HSBC St Ann’s Square on the following dates:

Wednesday 12 October, 2-3pm
Friday 14 October, 2-3pm
Saturday 15 October, 4-5pm
Sunday 16 October, 4-5pm
Wednesday 19 October, 4-5pm
Friday 21 October, 2-3pm
Saturday 22 October, 2-3pm

Places are free but limited - click here to find out more and to book. HSBC Premier customers can also enquire in branch at St Ann’s Square and via their Relationship Manager. Click here to find out more about HSBC Premier and the services on offer.

Don't forget, Manchester Literature Festival is also running a number of bespoke literary tours as part of the main programme. Ever popular, two of the tours - of the Midland Hotel with historian Barbara Frost and the guided walk Poems Of The City by Anne Beswick - have already sold out. You still have chance to book for the Anthony Burgess coach and walking tour, which leaves from Manchester Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 15 October (£15), and the Boho Literary Pub Walk, which is back by popular demand and takes in the watering holes of Manchester's literati, and leaves from the Midland Hotel on Saturday 22 October at 5pm (£6), both led by Ed Glinert of last year's sell-out Elizabeth Gaskell Tour.

For full details of all events at MLF 2011 and how to book, visit the website at

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