Can you support local people in Greater Manchester?

We are Manchester UNESCO City of Literature – and we support the voices and talent of our great city, from schools and community groups, to young, emerging and established professional writers. Our mission is to cultivate the joy of literature for all.

Manchester is a city of libraries. Our Festival of Libraries celebrates them, and all that they offer and also has a proven positive impact on local people’s wellbeing, social connections, community cohesion, education and employment opportunities.

Now we need to make the 2023 Festival of Libraries benefit even more people.


“There’s a writer waiting to be released in all of us!” – @queenay_nay via Instagram


Why we need your support

With your help, we can make a real difference to the people who benefit the most from local libraries, who may need support with reading and writing, or who could benefit from the community activity happening at their local library.


Will you be our Festival Friend?

By making a donation to our Festival Fund, you will help:

  • Encourage reading and boost literacy amongst local people of all ages
  • Widen access to books, free cultural activities, and libraries, for everyone
  • Champion our city’s success stories
  • Support local writers, from primary school poets to aspiring novelists
  • Build the foundation for a thriving city where everyone has access to literature

One writer says, “My week was tough. Coming to your event enabled me to write and express and I found new creativity and new friends. Loved all of it.” – @ministryoflove via Instagram


Please join other supporters like you and donate now to make a difference in Manchester. Your donation will help the benefits of literature reach all of Manchester’s communities.

  • £10 would pay for a family to receive a book to keep as part of a library reading programme
  • £25 would support a trained reader to travel to a local library to read to families
  • £50 would pay to support a community event for adults with low literacy levels
  • £100 would pay to support a high-profile author visiting a local library to inspire people on a new reading journey

Donate here now


Why not give regularly?

Choose to make a regular donation, and you’ll be helping support your local community to benefit from literature and reading all year round.

Please give £6 per month and we will credit you with:

  • A Thank You and accreditation on our dedicated Festival webpage
  • Advance notice of talks, readings and events at the Festival of Libraries
  • Manchester City of Literature Festival Friend badge