Peterloo Commemoration: walk the walk
This guided tour, visiting the site of St Peter’s Field in Manchester city centre where the Peterloo Massacre took place, has been devised by Ed Glinert who brings his unique touch to this chilling story. Glinert goes into extraordinary detail, explaining the build-up to the events, the violence of the day, 16 August 1819, and the dreadful aftermath, introducing related events, themes and people: Shelley’s powerful poem, The Masque of Anarchy; the birth of the Manchester Guardian; the Cato Street Conspiracy; the Six Acts; Tom Paine and his bones – even Anthony Burgess.
About the guide
Ed Glinert has been a journalist in Manchester since the beginning of the 1980s. In 1983 he founded the hard-hitting political listings magazine, City Life. In the 1990s he was local government correspondent for Private Eye and production editor at Mojo, the rock ‘n’ roll magazine. He has written books for four of the biggest publishers in the country: Penguin, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury and Random. These include The London Compendium and The Manchester Compendium, both for Penguin. He has also edited a number of major works for Penguin Classics, including the Sherlock Holmes canon and the Gilbert & Sullivan libretti. He is also Manchester’s most prolific tour guide, taking some 500 tours a year for New Manchester Walks, the city’s group of professional guides.
The walk will leave from Manchester Central Library at 1pm and conclude around 3pm at the Lit and Phil office, Church House, Deansgate, for refreshments and a Q and A session with Ed.
- Sign in or register with the Lit & Phil to reserve your tickets
- Tickets for the general public go on sale from 25 March.