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.


On International Women’s Day (Monday 8 March) we were joined for an in conversation event with Maxine Peake, Honorary Professor of Literature and Performance at The University of Manchester. This event was presented by Creative Manchester. The recording is now available to watch.


The Martin Harris Centre and The University of Manchester's Department of Music have brought the joy of live performance to a new universal audience online. Music Online is available via YouTube and is sharing new musical performances from across the genres regularly.

Also bringing music to wider audiences is Rob Guy, Principal Conductor of The University of Manchester Chorus, who has been working alongside Manchester Camerata to bring music to more people using the power of the web.

Also, the recent Music, Health and Wellbeing Workshop featuring BBC 6 Music and Manchester alumnus Mark Radcliffe is now available to watch back. 

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 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, 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 this year’s Bogdanow Lecture. Watch the recording.

The University has launched a new literary series, Novel Voices. Taking place between February and April 2021, Novel Voices will feature five online events, each showcasing two exceptional debut authors in conversation with Ellah. P. Wakatama. Book your place.

Sexuality Summer School 2021: Sexuality Summer School returns online between Monday 24 and Friday 28 May 2021.

If you can venture to Salford, The HCRI has partnered with Imperial War Museum North on a new exhibition Ethics Under Fire, which deep dives into the lives of humanitarian aid workers. 

And a new exhibition at Imperial War Museum London Refugees: Forced to Flee features two Manchester researchers' work and explores what makes people flee their homes and what they take with them. Well worth a visit if you are in the capital. 

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

The Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester are proud to officially partner with the Manchester Literature Festival in 2020/21. Take a look at the spring events here.

MANY, the anthology created by last year's cohort of Creative Writing MA students is now online.

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.

Religions and Theology has been on air too, with Dr Scott Midson joining in on the subject of technology and religion on the BBC World Service's Heart and Soul programme 'The Discussion', while we revisit David Olusoga's inaugural lecture upon becoming Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures in January 2019.

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. 


Creative Manchester, in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Geological Society, is running a Micropoetry competition themed around ‘Space’.

To celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, the Department of American Studies has launched an exciting competition inviting school pupils to write in about what the new administration means for the rest of the world.

The Manchester China Institute and Creative Manchester are running their third International Photography Competition. This year themed around the question, ‘What does caring mean to you?’


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