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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.


Manchester City of Literature celebrated Greater Manchester's 133 libraries with a Festival of Libraries from Wednesday 9 June to Sunday 13 June. 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. The recordings are available online.

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.

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.

Our music students have been busy recently working on new, inventive ways to keep the music playing throughout lockdown. 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 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.

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 recording.

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.

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 Micropoetry competition themed around ‘Space’, run by Creative Manchester, in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Geological Society, is now closed for entries. Winners will be announced in the coming months.

The Manchester China Institute and Creative Manchester’s third International Photography Competition is now closed for entries. Winners will be announced in the coming months.


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