Live from Worktown

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Live from Worktown is a resident-led community arts organisation that works in partnership to organise and promote arts events throughout the Bolton area and beyond. Partners include the University of Bolton, the Octagon Theatre, Bolton Council, Bolton Libraries, Bolton College, Headspace and the Bolton International Writers Project. An annual festival is organised, in 2016 this was centred around National Poetry week, when international award-winning writers and performers showcased their talents in local venues with the support of fantastic poets, musicians and writers not only from Bolton but also from the wider Northwest of England.

Live From Worktown hosts two regular monthly events, a writers’ workshop at 10am on the 2nd Saturday of the month, an an open mic poetry event with guests at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month – both at Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street, Bolton. It also arranges jazz performances at Harvey’s bar, performance poetry, comedy showcases, guided tours and public debates. It is currently leading a Bill Naughton season, celebrating the life and times of the Bolton-based playwright and author, details of which can be found on the Live from Worktown website.