Literary Manchester

From Marx and Engels to John Cooper Clarke, Manchester has a radical literary history - and with events such as the Manchester Literature Festival and attractions such as the John Rylands Library and Chetham's Library, there's certainly a lot to explore. And to cement the city's literary credentials, Manchester became a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017.

Literary attractions

Literary events

Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins In his element tonight, Martin Atkins will be showing slides and telling stories…

06 Aug 2024

Take a tour of Manchester Central Library with our drone video. The world famous library was officially opened on 17 July 1934 , by King George V, who told the crowds of thousands, "In the splendid building which I am about to open, the largest library in this country provided by a local authority…

Manchester's literary stories

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Manchester City of Literature: A City Connects

Bringing together the whole of the Manchester literature scene; from publishers to booksellers, writers to readers and everyone in between, Manchester City of Literature has launched A City Connected. This new microsite already has 50+ events and activities listed since launching last week, several…

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Celebrate Britain’s city of languages

Hundreds of languages will be shared and celebrated in events across the city as Manchester gets ready to celebrate International Mother Language Day between 20th and 22th February. International Mother Language Day is celebrated globally each year on 21 February after UNESCO adopted the…

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