Little Bridges: A Celebration of Poetry for International Mother Language Day

  • DATE

    19 February 2022

  • TIME

    11:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




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

Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University is delighted to invite you to celebrate poetry at an open day for International Mother Language Day 2022. View special displays of books from our co-curated languages programme. Contribute to the multilingual ‘Made in Manchester’ poem, which so far features verses in over 70 languages. We have also invited local and international guests for three free events:

  • 11am: Poet Lydia Hounat discusses the curation of Manchester Poetry Library’s Imazighen poetry collection. The discussion will centre around the orality of Imazighen literature and representations of Imazighen symbology and history.
  • 1pm: Debjani Chatterjee, Simon Fletcher and Basir Sultan Kazmi celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of their book, A Little Bridge by Pennine Pens. As Mini Mushaira writers they have toured multilingual poetry performances and run poetry workshops throughout the country and we look forward to welcoming them to Manchester Poetry Library for this special celebration.
  • 3pm: Readings from No, Love Is Not Dead: An Anthology of Love Poetry from Around the World edited by Chris McCabe. Chris will be in conversation with contributor and special guest the poet, writer, librettist, scholar of Indigenous American Literature and Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, Laura Tohe.

Booking information and more event details coming soon. Activities may be subject to change at short notice, depending on government guidance. Sign up to the MPL newsletter to be kept informed.