IMLD 2023 – International Mother Language Day at Manchester Poetry Library

  • DATE

    23 February 2023

  • TIME

    10:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    Manchester Poetry Library
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 3BG

Drop in anytime during the day to view special displays of books from our co-curated language programme, including Farsi poetry recommended by the audience at last year’s event and a special Bengali poetry display that considers the roots of International Mother Language Day. 

From 1-3pm bring along a children’s poetry or picture book, in any language and share it in the family ‘Love to Read’ session.  Children of all ages are welcome and invited to join in this relaxed session, which will also feature colouring and writing activities in the library.  An informal, fun session for all the family.  Drop in, no need to book.   

From 6-7pm, Manchester Poetry Library will be hosting our very first Multilingual Open Mic poetry session.  Places at this event are limited, so register to attend. Audience members can opt to read in any language, simply let us know what language you wish to read in when you register.  The poems can be your own or written by someone else.  Places to read will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  


We have created a page showing the public transport options for reaching each IMLD event venue and a page with various itineraries to help you turn IMLD into a day out.