To mark next month’s International Women’s Day, we’re running a programme of activities throughout March, all of which is themed around the strange and the uncanny.

Weird Women kicks off on Friday 8th March with Unheim-Lit, a spoken word night where headliners Abi Hynes and Gaynor Jones will appear alongside an all-women line-up of some of Manchester’s finest writers performing their strange tales and poems. Men are very much welcome to attend and we’re very pleased to be joined by The Talleyrand, who’ll be providing refreshments.

On Friday 15th March we’ll be hosting Glitch and Bitch, a women-only noise art workshop. Join artist Ria Wilson to learn how to create enigmatic and otherworldly sounds using a blend of analogue and digital tools.

On Saturday 23rd March we’re joined by Alice Godliman for Poetry as Spellwriting. In this workshop, Alice Godliman, a Pushcart-nominated poet, will introduce you to some of the ways poets create magic, and guide you in finding the magic in your own writing.

And on Sunday 24th we’re joined one again by Gaynor Jones for a fiction workshop. Successfully Bringing the Strange into Your Stories will examine fear and the uncanny through the lens of classic and contemporary writing by women, dissecting their techniques and exploring how you can craft your own eerie tales. 

Apart from the Glitch and Bitch noise art workshop, men are welcome – nay keenly encouraged – to attend all of these events and support their strange sisters.

Booking is essential for all of these, and tickets are free – although we do recommend a minimum donation of £5 for those who can afford it so we can continue to provide our neighbourhood with artistic activities and opportunities like this.