The Manchester Library Festival returns with a full program of live events, featuring Lemn Sissay and Jay Blades.
The festival, which celebrates Greater Manchester’s 133 public libraries, as well as heritage and independent libraries, runs from June 15-19.
This year, “Inspired By Libraries” will feature talks by festival ambassador Sissay, as well as Blades, actress and activist Julie Hesmondhalgh, broadcaster Mike Sweeney, historian, broadcaster and author Greg Jenner, poet Jackie Kay and artist Abigail Reynolds.
Story time in native languages and the falcon dance with Inside The Igloo will entertain the whole family, while Print Me a Poem will give everyone the chance to print their own poster of Lemn Sissay’s poem for the occasion at Chetham Library and tours of the Manchester University and Bolton NHS libraries will allow visitors to peek into libraries that are not normally open to the public.
Festival highlights also include Happy, Safe and Free, an art trail in the wake of Refugee Week 2022 that recognizes the hardships endured by refugees, and the Shared Reading Group will highlight the positive impact of reading. shared on mental health and well-being. Guests are also invited to delve into the stories and work of famous musicians from local communities at The Migrant Voices Takeover and Little Libraries with Malandra Jacks events, or explore the remarkable lives of pioneering women in Manchester’s history at of the “Trailblazer! Women of Manchester and North West” mini-festival.
For more information, visit the festival website.