Creative Manchester at the Bluedot Festival 2022

On 23 and 24 July, Creative Manchester hosted a series of panel discussions with talented and award-winning poets and storytellers at the Bluedot Festival 2022.

Bluedot Festival 2022

Curated for Creative Manchester by Senior Research Fellow Ellah Wakatama OBE, the conversations focused on new publications in many genres, touching on poetry, science fiction, fantasy, nature writing, and memoir. With a variety of poets and storytellers, these conversations also acted as a celebration of diversity, inclusivity, and the power of literature, with speakers reflecting on their experiences, their work, and their visions for the future.

The conversations included:

  • Love and Being – Niki Igbaroola, Jared McGinnis, and Kasim Ali
  • Our Future Selves – Geoff Ryman, Temi Oh, and Nikhil Singh
  • Writing Nature, ft. The Nan Shepherd Prize – with Marchelle Farrell and Nina Mingya Powles
  • Poetry: Remixes and Reimagination
  • Crime and Punishment – Nadine Matheson, Kia Abdullah, and Parker Bilal

Thank you to all those who joined us for these wonderful conversations. Beyond our Creative Manchester line-up, the Bluedot Festival was yet again a wonderful and perfect blend of science, music and culture after its two-year hiatus. From Björk

and the Halle symphony orchestra head-lining Sunday to Tim Peake speaking about his Top Gun inspiration, it was a weekend to remember.

If you’re looking forward to next year as much as Creative Manchester, tickets are already available for the Bluedot Festival 2023.