Greater Manchester Festival of Libraries 2023: Creative writing, exploring dictionaries and an ‘edible readathon’

7-11 June saw the return of Manchester UNESCO City of Literature’s Festival of Libraries, taking place across the whole of Greater Manchester to celebrate the role that libraries play in wellbeing, culture, creativity and more.

Creative Manchester – the University’s creativity-championing research platform – offered five workshop sessions in partnership with the Centre for New Writing, Programme in American Studies and Linguistic Diversity Collective.

‘Writing for Wellbeing’ took place at Marple and Chetham Libraries on 7 and 8 June. Facilitators from the Centre for New Writing, Dr Rebecca Hurst and Tessa Harris, worked with participants to explore the benefits of creative writing on personal wellbeing.

Also at Chetham’s Library, ‘What’s in a word, and what’s in a dictionary?’ saw the workshop group work with staff from the Department of Linguistics and English Language to look at how we define the meanings of words.

Tasting Children’s Literature – An edible readathon

‘Tasting Children’s Literature – An edible readathon’ ran for two sessions: a private session for EYFS children at St Andrew’s C of E Primary School Levenshulme, at Arcadia Library, and a session open to the public, at Manchester Central Library. Children enjoyed a story time session with play food, colouring activities and fruits to eat.

The Manchester City of Literature Schools Writing Trail, overseen by Creative Manchester research fellow, Dr Chad Campbell, is also currently being hosted on campus and can be found in the glass corridor exhibition space in Samuel Alexander Building.

This year’s Festival of Libraries was a huge success and has been nominated for a Saboteur Award in the category of Best Literary Festival.

Find out more about the Festival of Libraries.

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