Home to 4 historic libraries, 23 public libraries plus many more independents. 2 Universities in the City Centre with a student population of 98,000, plus 2 writing schools. More than 40 arts and culture festivals, including Manchester Literature Festival. More than 10 independent publishers such as Carcanet and Comma Press. The home of writers and radicals such as Anthony Burgess, Emmeline Pankhurst, Lemn Sissay, Carol Ann Duffy, John Cooper Clarke, Elizabeth Gaskell, Jeanette Winterson.

Manchester: A UNESCO City of Literature.

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International Mother Language Day

There are about 6,500 languages in the world, and 200 languages spoken in Manchester at any one time.

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Slamovision 2020

The spoken word version of Eurovision, hosted by the UNESCO Cities of Literature — where each City slams their way to the grand title of Slamovision Champion! We’re thrilled that Jardel Rodrigues brought the Slamovision crown…

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“Book collection is an obsession, an occupation, a
disease, an addiction, a fascination, an
absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby.
Those who do it must do it.”

JEANETTE WINTERSON