Manchester gained its City of Literature designation in part thanks to the extraordinary range of live literature events happening here every week, from our annual Literature Festival Programme, to year-round readings and performances organised by our universities, publishers, theatres and other cultural organisations, to open mic slots and performance nights in the city’s libraries, bookshops, pubs and cafes. 

To find out what’s happening, and how to get involved:

A major aim of the City of Literature is to bring together Manchester’s arts, culture and education organisations and individuals to work together on major events.

These will often be themed around significant dates in the international cultural calendar or anniversaries marking key moments in the history of Manchester and our partner cities in the network. At the start of 2020 we held our biggest event yet: