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Altrincham Word Fest is a writing festival that is taking place from the 12th to the 27th May 2018.  For two exciting weeks the town will host workshops and events about poetry, scriptwriting, ‘flash fiction’, self-publishing, life writing and blogging.

Word Fest is the brainchild of local residents Yoko Isami and Anne Earley. The pair are both committed bookworms who met when they were involved in a local art festival. Yoko is a printmaker and artist whilst Anne has many years of experience in marketing and events management roles.

Other local towns have literature festivals, but Anne and Yoko would like to do something a little different.  

Anne says,

‘As compulsive readers and social media addicts we realise that we, like many people, are passive consumers of other people’s words and ideas. We thought it would be exciting to change that around and give people, including us, the chance the express their own creativity through creating a poem, a blog, short story or whatever. ‘

The pair are delighted at the range of talented writers who have agreed to be involved. For example, ‘King of Flash Fiction’ David Gaffney, will be running one of his famous workshops inspiring participants to create a short story in 150 words. David is a prolific writer and has published collections of short stories, novels and most recently a graphic novel, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head.

Short story writer, poet and editor, Kate Feld, will be hosting a Life Writing workshop, encouraging participants to work with the most authentic subject matter –their own life story. Kate who has had a long association with Manchester Literature Festival is also a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Salford.

Seamus Kelly, professional poet, writer and teacher will be supporting his workshop attendees to create poems and will be hosting a poetry open mic night for local poets to perform their own work.

Anne and Yoko are also delighted to welcome Kat Horrocks and Pamela Higgins (aka SpamellaB) of We Blog North, the region’s bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers collective, to Altrincham Word Fest. Their Introduction to Creating Content Online is designed to inspire, educate and support anyone keen to get online themselves.

Other events will include an evening with Altrincham resident, Paul Carroll, who has successfully self -published and promoted three novels with a fourth on the way and a scriptwriting workshop with published playwright, Sarah Cassidy. Sarah writes for the stage, radio, screen and is currently part of the 2017/18 Liverpool Everyman Theatre Playwright Programme.

Further details and updates can be found on the Altrincham Word Fest Facebook page
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Italian restaurant, Tre Ciccio, set to open its doors in Altrincham on Valentine’s Day 

­­Born on a warm summer’s evening in Campania, Southern Italy, and taking inspiration from the region’s speciality roast chicken and staple street food, Pizza Neopolitana, the Tre Ciccio concept was born.  

Meaning ‘three chubby friends’, Tre Ciccio is the product of a passion shared between chef Francesco Scafuri and two friends from the industry. Having met and worked together previously, the trio are determined to bring the passion, flavours and vibrancy of an Italian trattoria to Altrincham town centre. Inspired by the family-run village restaurant Francesco came across on his visit home to Italy, Tre Ciccio encapsulates the warmth and authenticity of a small Italian kitchen whilst sitting comfortably in the cosmopolitan offering of the town’s thriving food scene. 

It is perhaps no surprise that ‘Ciccio’ is also a nickname for Francesco when you discover Scafuri is supported by his namesake, Francesco Dore, as general manager of the restaurant. Running the show on day-to-day basis, the pair will be responsible for delivering the lovingly curated menu to their customers. Amongst a list of delicious and classic dishes, the restaurant boasts of their unique offering of roast chicken and potatoes sitting alongside wood-fired pizza as their hero dishes. Choose the pizza and you’ll enjoy a light digestible crust baked in their specialist oven topped with their special pizza sauce and a variety of classic and gourmet toppings. The local award-winning farm-reared chicken of their ‘Pollo Arrosto e Patate’ comes from Johnson & Swarbrick in Goosnargh and is coated in their own secret marinade and slow-roasted before being traditionally served on a platter perfect to share with your Valentine’s beau. 

Opening its doors on Wednesday 14th February 2018, Tre Ciccio is already taking bookings and the owners are excited to welcome customers into the restaurant after months of renovations. Housing a warm upstairs seating area, with 50 covers downstairs and an outside terrace with retractable roof, which is set to be ready in March. The Moss Lane restaurant will be a firm favourite not only for foodies but for those wanting to meet friends for drinks on warm balmy evenings too. With a Spring launch for the outside terrace, customers won’t have too long to wait before they are whiling away the hours sipping on the impressive selection of Italian wines, beers, Prosecco and cocktails on offer.  

Open Tuesday to Sunday, Tre Ciccio serves breakfast from 10 am and carries on service to lunch through to dinner. For local workers or those in a hurry, their pizza and chicken is also available for takeaway, firmly securing Tre Ciccio as an unrivalled food and drink destination for all eventualities. Francesco said, “We can’t wait to open our doors and let people experience what Tre Ciccio has to offer. This is an exciting time for us and we’re looking forward to seeing all our hard work come to fruition. We’re passionate about good food and we know the people of Altrincham will be just as passionate about us”.

 For bookings please visit

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Victoria Seraphina at The Con Club

Timperley based designer, Victoria Clegg was due to speak at the October meeting of the The Creative Network last month. Unfortunately, Victoria had a nasty road accident on the way to the venue and ended up in hospital! The good news is that she is now recovering and planning to speak about her new luxury loungewear brand, Victoria Seraphina, at The Con Club in Altrincham at 7pm on Monday the 11th December.

Victoria will describe the development of her brand from original concept to its launch in September. It has required Victoria to tackle a steep learning curve, gaining skills in marketing, accounts, IT and dealing with suppliers.

For Victoria, , the design and creation of the garments is the easy bit. However, the work is labour intensive as Victoria creates her own patterns and hand sews every piece. For example, her signature satin robe requires seven metres of fabric and 15 hours to make.

Victoria's passion for the golden era of Hollywood is reflected in the vintage elegance and sumptuous fabrics of her robes, separates, lingerie and bridal wear.  Elle Magazine recognised the beauty of her garments and featured them in December 2016 - long before the collection was complete! The evening will also be an opportunity to see and perhaps try on some of these gorgeous creations.

Future plans include themed collections named ‘Gothic’, ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘New York’. Victoria’s new website contains more details of her work.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite HERE

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