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Are you aged 18 – 21 years old and passionate about telling stories? HOME are on the lookout for five young writers to create a brand new short play for their Youth Theatre. The show will be performed in HOME’s Studio Theatre this August. If selected, you’ll work alongside a Creative Writing Practitioner who will […]

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Crime Central is a new monthly event at Manchester Central Library for lovers of crime writing. The event promises to bring a crime fiction buzz back to Manchester. There will be giveaways, conversation and book signings. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions too. So if you like classic Agatha Christie murder mysteries or […]

Calling all young poets, rappers, beatboxers and performers! As part of World Poetry Day on the 21 March, we are launching an Our Year Poetry Competition. All children and young people are invited to take part. Get creative – your entries can be written, spoken or sung. You can use any expressive medium that is […]

Head to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for a whole host of craft activities this Easter. Get stuck into some family craft activities in the Servants’ Hall. You can find out all about Victorian greetings cards and also make your own seasonal card to take home. There is also a cat-themed family activity trail too. Inspired by […]

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A Celebration of the best crime writers in Manchester and the North. Including two nights of panel discussions hosted by the brilliant Rob Parker author of the Ben Bracken thrillers and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow. Wednesday 16 March Crime Writer Panel Featuring authors Cath Staincliffe, Joseph Knox and Karen Woods in conversation. Thursday […]

Come and join us for our new French storytime in the children’s library of Central Library. We will share stories in French and English and also a simple craft . Sessions are once a month and are suitable for children aged between 4 and 7. To book a place email

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Bonjour mes amis! Settle down for the new French storytime sessions taking place in the children’s library at Manchester Central Library. Stories will be shared in French and English. There will also be a simple craft for little ones to enjoy. To book your place, please email

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Different communities across Manchester will come together to enjoy an afternoon of celebration for all the family. Sharing stories, language, music, dance and food, each community will offer a free family activity. There will be kites to make, felt bags to decorate, origami boats to build and much more. Bringing together different communities across Manchester; […]

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The Reader are running a new Shared Reading Group for adults in Withington Library. Sessions will take place fortnightly on a Wednesday evening. Listen to great stories and poems being read aloud, and then have a chat about them. The best thing is – there’s no pressure to talk – you can just come along […]

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Sit back and enjoy a live reading of Elizabeth Gaskell’s story about motherhood. This event will take place online – tune in from the comfort of your sofa. The reading will be followed by a short discussion.