In 1961, Wally Funk was one of the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to pass the Woman in Space programme. Her scores in the rigorous mental and physical tests beat many of the male candidates, including John Glenn, the first American to go into orbit. But just one week before Wally was due to enter the final phase of training, the programme was cancelled and none of the Mercury 13 ever flew into space. Undeterred, Wally went on to become one of America's first female aviation inspectors and civilian flight instructors, but still dreams of becoming an astronaut.
Sue and Wally will be in conversation with Dr Teresa Anderson, Director at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
Waterstones Deansgate will be selling copies of Wally Funk's Race for Space at the event.