• 20
  • 04
  • 2023
  • 07.00
  • pm

Jacqueline Ward’s Teenage Kicks Book Launch

Please note this is an 18+ Event

Come along and get you book signed – you can buy a copy here

Louder Than War review of teenage Kicks

Set in the Northern Quarter of Manchester around the iconic Castle Hotel pub, Teenage Kicks spans the Manchester punk scene in 1978 to today as Kaye Macey and her friend Janet search for Kaye’s lead-singer sister, Stella, but find much, much more.

Kaye and Janet have seen it all. They’ve partied with the best of them and fallen in and out of love with unsuitable men. But one thing is missing. Stella. Kaye’s sister left in the late seventies, and their mother, Imelda, forbade Kaye to look for her. But now Imelda has gone.

The women search across the city for each member of the punk band Stella sang with. They toast dead pop stars, travel in a camper van called Mavis channeling Debby Harry and Kate Bush, and search for lasting love. But both of them know this could be their Last Hurrah and want to go out with a bang.

Will they find Stella?
Will they find love?
Will they find out who was really at the Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1976?

Teenage Kicks is Jax Ward’s love letter to Manchester.


10% of all profits from Teenage Kicks will be donated to Coffee4Craig, A Manchester homeless provision which is open every evening , providing a hot home cooked meal, access to a medic , shower facilities and much more.