Summer Solstice Celebrations at Jodrell Bank with Creative Manchester

Jodrell Bank and Creative Manchester are holding two events to mark the Summer Solstice exploring the intersection of art, myth, and science. The events feature panel discussions in celebration of renowned author Alan Garner and novelist Sarah Perry.

Jodrell Bank and Creative Manchester are delighted to hold two exciting events to mark the Summer Solstice on June 21, 2024. The daytime event explores the intersection of art, myth, and science, in celebration of renowned author Alan Garner and offers engaging panel discussions and lectures for enthusiasts across literature, archaeology and physics.

In the evening novelist Sarah Perry will discuss her new novel ’Enlightenment’ in an intimate setting, featuring a reading and a Q&A.

Summer Solstice at Jodrell Bank: The Three Cultures’ Alan Garner: Art, Myth, Science

Date: Friday, 21 June 2024, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Location: Jodrell Bank
Tickets: £32 - £45

The day begins with a variety of panel discussions, a walk of the Jodrell Bank site and a filmed conversation with Alan Garner exploring the themes of his literary work. Alan Garner’s writing is deeply rooted in the history and landscape of Alderley Edge, draws inspiration from the area’s archaeology and the cosmic wonders observed at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

In celebration of his 90th birthday, experts from archaeology, physics, and literature will convene at Jodrell Bank to discuss the impact of Garner’s writing on their respective fields, as well as how the sciences have influenced the writer himself. Together, they will explore themes of time and place in his novels, celebrating his contribution to contemporary storytelling.

Purchase your ticket and optional lunch and transport from Oxford Road here.

Summer Solstice at Jodrell Bank: An Evening with Sarah Perry

Date: Friday, 21 June 2024, 6.30pm - 8pm
Location: Jodrell Bank
Tickets: £10 - £12

Later in the day, attendees can enjoy an evening with author Sarah Perry, featuring her latest novel, Enlightenment. Perry’s book delves into questions of faith, physics, and human emotion against the backdrop of a small town in Essex. The newest story from award-winning novelist Sarah Perry weaves a web of entangled relationships and emotion, its characters trapped within the conflict between faith and fact.

Traversing some of the biggest questions on an intimate and captivating level, Enlightenment will stay with you long after closing the final page.

The event offers a chance to hear Perry discuss her creative process, read excerpts from "Enlightenment," and participate in a Q&A session.

Purchase your ticket and optional dinner here.

These events promise a thought-provoking exploration of literature and science, set against the backdrop of the Summer Solstice at Jodrell Bank. Tickets are available for both events, with a discounted rate available for the ’An Evening With Sarah Perry’ event if attending both events.

These events are part of Creative Manchester’s ’Solstice and Equinox series’, a series of events which brings innovative creative artists to The University of Manchester’s four Cultural Institutions.

Each of our unique cultural institutions - the Whitworth, the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester Museum and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre - focus on building civic, national and international partnerships to advance the social, environmental and individual wellbeing of our communities.