WIN tickets to #OnceInAHouseOnFire in our competition (to find the best comments for the memoir by Andrea Ashworth). Simply add your comment.


Have you read Once in a House on Fire?

Maxine Peak (star of Shameless and The Street) has and here’s what she thought:
‘I read this book over 5 years ago and it still lingers. If any story should have life beyond the page, this is it. A raw, sometimes bleak but uplifting and inspiring true story….’

Now’s your chance to win tickets to the stage play at The Lowry on Mon 11 April by sharing your thoughts, memories and reviews of the book.

Simply add your comments to this post, on our Facebook post or on twitter using the hashtag: #onceinahouseonfire.

The two best comments will win a pair of tickets each to the performance in our Quays Theatre.

Competition closes at 5pm on Wed 30 March 2011.

More details about the play including an interview with Monkeywood Theatre can be found at the event pages.


  1. Michael

    Once In A House On Fire is a tale of ordinary family life in 1970s Manchester (and, briefly, Canada), as seen through the eyes of its author, Angela Ashworth. Ordinary that is if ordinary means violence, extreme poverty, casual racism, and a complete lack of nurturing parenting. The thing is though that Ashworth manages to write about all of this as though it really was ordinary, not in a dull way, but rather matter-of-factly. Maybe this is because Ashworth essentially grew up in books so letting the real and imaginary worlds swap places for her. Maybe it is a product of all the other things she had to do to survive. Maybe something else. Whatever the reason, there are no tints here, just real clarity, clarity which makes for what seems to me to be a much deeper, more honest portrayal than would otherwise be the case. I’m glad she made it out of the house.

  2. The Lowry

    Hi Michael, congratulations, your comment has been chosen as one of our favourite. So you have won a pair of tickets to Once in a House on Fire on Mon 11 April. To confirm your attendance and so we can sort out your tickets please email to confirm your attendance. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who added their comments to facebook, twitter and posterous.

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