Close this search box.
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Illuminated: The New Book from Melanie Sykes

3 May 2023 @ 18:00 - 19:30


Melanie will be in conversation with presenter and avid book reader Simon Savidge

The Portico Library is delighted to welcome Melanie Sykes to launch her new book from HarperNorth, Illuminated: Autism & All The Things I’ve left Unsaid. Melanie will be in conversation with presenter and avid book reader Simon Savidge. Books will be on sale.

Melanie Sykes has been a face on our screens, a voice on our radios for nearly thirty years. As a presenter and broadcaster people turned to her for her humour, her honesty and insight. But between all the interviews and chat shows, is a life unseen, a story unsaid.

Her journey – from up north to down south, from Manchester to LA and via London, Paris and India, and through the eye of the storm of celebrity culture is a rollercoaster ride. Sex, drugs and rock and roll, certainly, but also brass bands and ice cream vans, broken hearts and healing adventures – a search not for fame but for freedom.

Her autism diagnosis in midlife has supercharged that journey – and means this isn’t a story just of breakdown, but of breakthrough. Funny, furious and gloriously frank, this is a book that lifts the lid on being a woman in the media, the mother of autistic children, and a neurodivergent person speaking up in a neurotypical world. Illuminated is Melanie, in her own inimitable voice, sharing the dark and the light sides of her life, and how all of us can find that balance too.

Book tickets for Melanie Sykes at The Portico Library



3 May 2023
18:00 - 19:30
Event Tags:


The Portico Library
57 Mosley Street
Manchester, United Kingdom
+ Google Map
View Venue Website
Close this search box.