Greater Manchester Festival of Libraries 2022

15-19 June 2022 sees the return of Manchester UNESCO City of Literature’s Festival of Libraries.


Following the success of last year’s inaugural celebration, the 2022 festival showcases a vibrant programme of 80 events in libraries across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Creative Manchester – the University’s creativity-championing research platform - is delighted to be offering seven workshop sessions in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Linguistic Diversity Collective.

Writers from the Centre for New Writing will be facilitating a ‘Writing for Wellbeing’ workshop which explores how creative writing can have positive effects on mental health and wellbeing. ‘Have you seen my duckling? – Storytime in mother languages’ is a session run by the Linguistic Diversity Collective for parents and caregivers from minority language backgrounds and their young children, encouraging shared book reading and building a narrative around a wordless picture book.

All workshops are free to attend but booking is required due to limited spaces.

 Writing for Wellbeing Workshops:

Storytime in Mother Languages:

Lemn Sissay OBE, University Chancellor and Festival of Libraries ambassador said: "A library is the loudest place on the high street, because books are bursting with very loud ideasI And yet it is where you can go for peace and quiet; amongst all that is happening in our world, peace and quiet has great value. Libraries change the world because people who use libraries change the world. This year’s Festival of Libraries demonstrates throughout its brilliant programme that all ages, all types, all are welcome. Your community. Your library.”

Find out more, including the full Festival of Libraries programme: