Greater Manchester Festival of Libraries 2022

15-19 June 2022 saw the return of Manchester UNESCO City of Literature’s Festival of Libraries.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural celebration, the 2022 festival showcased a vibrant programme of 80 events in libraries across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Creative Manchester – the University’s creativity-championing research platform – offered seven workshop sessions in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Linguistic Diversity Collective.

Professional writers from the Centre for New Writing facilitated a series of ‘Writing for Wellbeing’ workshops which explored how creative writing can have positive effects on mental health and wellbeing. ‘Have you seen my duckling? – Storytime in mother languages’ was run by the Linguistic Diversity Collective for parents and caregivers from minority language backgrounds and their young children, encouraging shared book reading and building a narrative around a wordless picture book.

The workshops took place in several libraries in the Greater Manchester area.