Once upon a time, when I lived in Manchester and was out playing ‘people bingo’ with my bingo buddy, Anne-Marie, I stumbled across a magical building called the Portico Library. This 18th Century, men-only, city library took my breath away, such was its unashamed beauty, and the librarians were a pure delight to talk to.
This Saturday, 2nd June, from 5-7pm, the loveliest librarian in all the land, Emma Marigliano, in conjunction with the Società Dante Alighieri, will be holding a talk in this very building regarding the illustrations found within 20th Century editions of Dante’s Commedia.
It would be an excellent opportunity to mix with fellow Dante-enthusiasts, learn something new about beautiful books, and see the gorgeous library with your very own eyes. I’ve even been nice enough to provide a map so that you don’t have an excuse not to go. It’s really really easy to get to if you get off the train at Piccadilly; all you have to do is follow the crowds to Piccadilly Gardens, head towards St. Peter’s Square, and it’s just on the corner of Moseley Street by a pub called The Bank.
SEE YOU THERE! x