26 October 2023
£1.00 on the door
How have northerners shaped the world we live in today?
Brian Groom, author of the bestselling Northerners: A History, From the Ice Age to the Present Day, will outline 180 million years of history showing how the north’s people have shaped Britain and the world in unexpected ways.
Manchester was at the heart of it, from the Roman era to becoming the nineteenth century’s ‘shock city’. Brian will show how the past echoes down the centuries and explore what northernness means today and the crucial role that Manchester and the north can play in Britain’s future.
Northern England, fashioned by waves of migration, invasions and battles, has had a profound impact on European culture and the global economy. It was not just the Industrial Revolution, viewed by economic historians as the key event in human history – and in which Manchester played a globally decisive role. At least six Roman emperors ruled for a period from the north. And the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria was Europe’s leading cultural and intellectual centre.
Northern writers, activists, artists and comedians are celebrated the world over, from Wordsworth, the Brontes and Gaskell to LS Lowry, Emmeline Pankhurst and Peter Kay. St Oswald and Bede shaped the spiritual and cultural landscapes of Britain and Europe, and the world was revolutionised by the inventions of Richard Arkwright and the Stephensons. The north has exported some of sport’s biggest names and defined the sound of generations, from the Beatles to Britpop.
Join us at this Lit & Phil Local event to celebrate the history and future of the north, and northernness!
**This is a ‘Lit & Phil Local’ event. Priority booking is offered to local communities.**
Image credit: 'The Dinner Hour, Wigan', by Eyre Crowe, 1874 - Manchester Art Gallery collection
Brian Groom is a journalist and author, originally from Stretford. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, before starting work as a sports editor in Goole, Yorkshire. Most of his career was spent at the Financial Times, where he did many of the top writing and editing jobs, including being political editor and an assistant editor. He also spent ten years in Scotland, where he launched and later edited Scotland on Sunday, the Scotsman‘s Sunday paper.
He retired from the Financial Times in 2014 and moved to Saddleworth, in Greater Manchester. His book Northerners: A History was published in April 2022 and reached number three in the Times top ten for hard-back non-fiction.