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Literature and Laughter for Ladies is a book club in Manchester, just for the ladies.

We hold a monthly book club night (in the Northern Quarter) but it’s not just about the books! We also run lots of social events from library tours, theatre and cinema trips, book-related days out and coffee mornings - with a few random events thrown in for good measure!

If you love books and are new to Manchester, want to make new friends or just get out of the house and do something a bit different, come along and join us. Hopefully you'll read some great books along the way!

Everyone is welcome and you can come along to any of our social events, without ever having been to a book club night. Just click the RSVP button for any event you like the sound of.

Please note that there is a one-off £2 fee to join the group.

Once the Meetup hosting fee (approx. £140 per year) and any other ad hoc expenses have been covered, your £2 joining fee will be donated to Emmeline's Pantry, a food bank for women in Manchester. Along with the fees from the crochet club I run, we have donated £212 to date. We also have a regular food/household product donation for the food bank at our monthly book club night which you are very welcome to contribute to, should you be happy to do so.

We look forward to meeting you.

Helen and Rachel, Organisers of Literature and Laughter for Ladies

The small print:

Membership Fee: There is a £2 fee to join the group which is used to cover the Meetup hosting fee (approximately £140 per year).

If you attend a Meetup in the first month of joining, please pay the £2 fee in cash at the event. Otherwise you can use PayPal to pay through the membership link on this page.

If you haven’t paid within 3 months of joining, we will assume you have decided the group is not for you and are happy to be unsubscribed. You are, of course, very welcome to re-join at any time, upon payment of the fee.

RSVP's: Please only sign up to an event if you fully intend to come along, and make sure you add the date to your diary/calendar so you don't forget.

Remember to update your RSVP status if your plans change and you can no longer make it, but wherever possible, no later than 24 hours before the event. If you just don't turn up and 'no show', someone from the waitlist could have taken your place and would have loved the opportunity to attend. Also, it saves Rachel and I standing outside a venue waiting for you to arrive.

We appreciate that things can change at the last minute but we are noticing an increased trend in the number of people changing their RSVP to a no, just before the event is due to start. This happens quite regularly at our monthly book club night and can be very frustrating for Rachel and I. We put a lot of effort into organising the group and it can be very disheartening when 30-40% of those on the list don't turn up for the event, without explanation and with no notice.

We operate a “3 no-shows and you're out” policy, which is standard practice on Meetup. However, with members continually signing up to our events, but always cancelling on the day and at very short notice, this may now also be deemed as a no-show (as is common practice in a lot of other Meetup groups). There's no need for this to happen though, we'd just ask that you update your RSVP in good time.

Disclaimer: Literature and Laughter for Ladies is not a business, we simply facilitate people getting together. Meetup, Literature and Laughter for Ladies, its Organisers and Event Hosts accept no responsibility and/or liability for any situations that may occur at our Meetup events, or third party events.

You are responsible for purchasing your own ticket for our events (where applicable). If a pre-booked, ticketed event is cancelled by a third party, it is your responsibility to organise a refund with the venue.

When eating out, we work on the basis that you pay for what you've ordered. It's the fairest way for everyone, especially if someone is on tap water and someone else is having a couple of glasses of wine.

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