SALC: Connect, Engage, Inspire

Explore the latest music, lectures, podcasts, writing and online learning made available to the world by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester.


Kathputli Utsav – A Festival of Traditional Indian Arts’ took place on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 in celebration of UNESCO International Mother Language Day and in partnership with Creative Manchester, the Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute and The University of Manchester’s Social Responsibility Fund. The event showcased the skill, talent and culture of the Kathputli Colony from New Delhi, India - the largest community of street performers in the world. You can watch the event online on the SALC YouTube channel.

Creative Manchester and the Centre for New Writing recently concluded the Novel Voices 2 series. Each of the five online events saw Senior Research Fellow Ellah P Wakatama in conversation with talented debut authors, exploring their craft and journey to becoming published. You can catch-up or rewatch each event via the SALC YouTube channel.

In 2021, Manchester University Press – in partnership with Creative Manchester – hosted the Practical Publishing Seminar series. Each episode saw Professor John McAuliffe, Director of Creative Manchester, in conversation with practitioners from across the publishing industry, including Simon Ross, Luke Brown, Ellah P Wakatama, Michael Schmidt, and Chris Hart. The series was hugely insightful, exploring the processes of commissioning, editing and marketing, as well as design, production and formatting. You can catch up on the series on the Manchester University Press website. 

SALC researchers were awarded a small grant from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists working in community and socially engaged art. Find out more and watch the resulting short films.

The Art of Peace, Medellin,’ has been awarded Best Research Film of the Year by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for its depiction of how marginalised youth in the city of Medellín, Colombia, create alternatives to violence through arts. The research project is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, Durham University, and In Place of War.

On Wednesday 10 November, Creative Manchester delivered the informative and friendly Creative and Cultural Collaborations in Social Science Research event, which would not have been possible without the excellent contributions and insights of their valuable collaborators.

On 5 October 2021, Creative Manchester hosted a panel discussion, ‘From Bristol to Manchester: history and memory in our cities’, to mark Black History Month 2021. The discussion, held at The Whitworth, centred on the debate around statues and public memorials in Manchester and Bristol, and can now be watched online. The event was chaired by Professor David Olusoga OBE, a University of Manchester Professor of Public History and recently awarded the 2021 President’s Medal by the British Academy in December 2021.

Also in October, Creative Manchester and the Centre for New Writing partnered with the Manchester Literature Festival 2021 for an exciting series of events. This included a sold-out discussion with University Chancellor Lemn Sissay and biographer Rachel Holmes exploring the life of Sylvia Pankhurst. Manchester Literature Festival has a variety of digital events available to view between 1 November to 31 December 2021.

Manchester City of Literature celebrated Greater Manchester's 133 libraries with a Festival of Libraries from Wednesday 9 June to Sunday 13 June 2021. Creative Manchester hosted a number of events at the festival, including the Research and Libraries event with the John Rylands Library and the Centre for New Writing, and Radical Poets presented with Tameside Library.

Emma Moran, who completed an MA in Screenwriting at The University of Manchester in 2020, has had her original comedy show Extraordinary greenlit for Disney+, after teaming up with BAFTA, Golden Globe.


The Martin Harris Centre is reopening this Autumn for a more limited series of events in music and drama. Visit the Martin Harris Centre website to see the full programme and to book.

The Martin Harris Centre Music Online performances created in lockdown continue to be available to watch via YouTube, with a number of musical performances from across the genres.

During lockdown, our music students were busy working on new, inventive ways to keep the music playing. Our chamber choirs Ad Solem and the Cosmo Singers have made a lockdown album. Watch their performance of Bruckner’s ‘Os Justi’.

The past eight years have seen The University of Manchester develop a thriving partnership with Manchester Camerata. Cementing this partnership is an exciting new ESRC CASE Studentship, which will see Music alumna Katherine Blumer completing a Master’s in Research and PhD on the impact of music-making on people living with dementia.

Challenging perceptions

Settle in for some synapse-kindling, world view-challenging content courtesy of The University of Manchester's Lockdown Lectures, featuring insights from the Faculty of Humanities' David Olusoga, Gary Younge and Michael Wood.

Want to know how leading minds in the Humanities are learning from lockdown and the impact of COVID-19? Our Doing Things Differently series puts some of the unique challenges society has faced in 2020 on the table for debate. 

Dr Sheena Kalayil from the University Language Centre spoke at an event at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in relation to their Decolonising Global Health series of conversations, ‘Don’t Call Me Bame', which is available to revisit.


On 20 April 2021 we were joined by Horatio Clare and Beth Underdown to discuss Horatio's latest book, Heavy Light, which tells the story of Horatio’s journey through mania, psychosis and treatment in a psychiatric hospital, and onwards to release, recovery and healing. Watch the recording.

You can now watch the recording for the Partnerships, Knowledge Exchange & Impact event held in March 2021, discussing the partnership between Creative Manchester and Manchester Literature Festival as an example of academic partnership and the value and impacts of such collaborations for both sides.

László Nemes, Oscar-Winning Director of Son of Saul (2015) in Conversation' with Cathy Gelbin, Professor of Film and German Studies at Manchester University, Department of Drama in 2021's Bogdanow Lecture. Watch the recording.

Finally, led by the Institute for Cultural Practices and Creative Manchester, exciting new 3D scanning technology is being used to offer students, staff and the wider public virtual tours of museums, galleries and heritage sites in Greater Manchester.

Written word

Novel Voices saw Ellah P. Wakatama (Editor-at-Large at Canongate Books and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for New Writing) cherry-pick 10 exceptional debut authors who were invited in pairs to feature in conversation about their craft and journey towards publishing their first, full body of work. Watch the recordings.

MANY, the anthology created by last year's cohort of Creative Writing MA students is now online and the 2021 edition of the Manchester Anthology will be launched in the coming weeks. You can read more about it on the anthology website. 

Furthermore, an online publication produced by the Institute for Cultural Practices aims to share news on arts practice and policy, as well as updates on our research and the work our students, alumni, academics and partners are carrying out. 

Podcasts and broadcasts

The Centre for New Writing presents two podcast series. The Podcast for new writing - which is now in its second series - shares the wisdom of emerging writers, while The Rylands Brief marks 50 years of Carcanet Press and its celebratory, yet unseen, exhibition at the John Rylands Library and includes interviews with poets, writers, artists and friends of Carcanet.

History lovers can tune into Time's Tall Tales, a podcast series created in 2020 by Laura Thompson and Jordan Perris, Archaeology and Ancient History students from The University of Manchester's Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology.

Finally, academics in Digital Humanities Jo Taylor and Luca Scholz have produced the New Work in Digital Humanities podcast for New Books Network. 


The winners of the Micropoetry competition themed around ‘Space’, run by Creative Manchester, in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Geological Society, have now been announced. Read the winning poems. 

The winners of the Manchester China Institute and Creative Manchester’s third International Photography Competition have now been announced. The winning photographs can now be viewed online. 


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