Manchester Schools Writing Trail 2023

The Manchester City of Literature Schools Writing Trail took place 1-15 June 2023 in six Manchester City Centre venues - including The University of Manchester campus in the Samuel Alexander Building’s glass corridor exhibition space.

The trail – overseen by Creative Manchester research fellow, Dr Chad Campbell – ran in conjunction with Festival of Libraries 2023 and showcased over 100 young writers with work in 12 different languages.

Manchester City of Literature describes the trail as, “a walkable constellation of young voices connecting community arts centres, schools, universities, and libraries with over 40 schools in Greater Manchester. The Schools Writing Trail project is a celebration of the young writers who are a vibrant part of what makes Manchester a UNESCO City of Literature.”

Project manager Dr Chad Campbell commented:

It’s the first time that some of these students have been able to go into the universities or go into the Manchester Poetry Library, Central Library, The Portico Library, and feel like these big cultural institutions in Manchester are for everybody, and they’re porous, and the doors are open, and not only are they welcome there but these are places where their work, who they are and what they have to say is seen and heard and celebrated on a scale that is appropriate to the incredible writing that is happening all across Manchester, from the small kids to the established writers, that are all such an integral part of what makes this a City of Literature.

Miss Kirk, a teacher at the East Manchester Academy, felt equally positively about the impact of the project on her pupils: “Young writers have been able to see buildings they have never seen before, right on their doorstep in Manchester.”

Watch the film below, produced by Manchester City of Literature, to see students visiting the Schools Writing Trail and hear more from those involved:

Find out more about the Schools Writing Trail, including an archive of some of the work, on the Manchester City of Literature website.