Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Manchester Children’s Book Festival – two weeks to go!

There are just two weeks to go until the 2016 Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Download your digital copy of the 2016 brochure from our website and see what’s on now by clicking: 2016 MCBF Digital Brochure – or browse the full programme online at Events this year include…

Festival Family Fun Day

Saturday 25th June, 10am-4pm

Manchester Met Geoffrey Manton Building, FREE general entry with some ticketed/paid for events

Our popular Festival Family Fun Day is back for 2016, bigger than ever! Join us on Saturday 25th June for a full day of activities in the Geoffrey Manton Building at Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints Campus (opposite the Commonwealth Aquatics Centre on Oxford Road, Manchester). There’ll be something for everyone, from pre-readers and nursery age-children to young teens and families. And, as well as story-telling, arts, crafts and workshops, there’ll be a bustling market-place of stalls and exhibitions to browse and enjoy. There’ll be lots to see and do. There will also be ticketed events throughout the day, featuring: Michael de Souza and Rastamouse, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Pugs of the Frozen North, Incident Response Dog Display, Masha and the Bear, and the Manchester Phoenix Fest with the stars of Phoenix Comics.

Generation #MCRTakeover

Saturday 2nd July, 12-4.30pm

Manchester Central Library, FREE

Head down to Manchester Central Library and take over the building for a day of performances, open mic MC-ing, animation, poetry slamming, graphic novels, quizzes, indoor pool, live music and more, all for teens, young adults and adults. The #MCRTakeover also features ticketed events, including: open mic sessions with MCs Chris Jam and Alex Wheatle, “Minds over Matters” panel discussion on mental health with YA authorsSiobhann Curran, Juno Dawson and Non Pratt and Festival patron Curtis Jobling launching Max Helsing: Monster Hunter series - “Percy Jackson meets Dracula in this action-packed monster-hunting series!” We want young people to come and have their voices heard – the city is yours!

Letting in the Stars of Children’s Poetry

Sunday 26th June, 11am-12.30pm

Whitworth Art Gallery, FREE

Join us at Manchester’s iconic Whitworth Art Gallery for a morning of children’s poetry with some very special guest performers: Mandy Coe, Dom Conlon, Matt Goodfellow & George Kirk. This event is part of our extended “Let in the Stars” campaign to champion new poetry for children, and hosted at the WARP Festival, which is curated by the Whitworth Young Contemporaries youth arts collective. Booking not required – just drop in.

Into the West

Sunday 26th June, 2.30-3.30pm

Z-arts, £8/£6

Because she came from the land under the sea. A place where it is always summer, and no-one grows old. Imagine a glorious white horse comes out of a sea-mist and into your troubled life. Imagine trying to keep her on the 14th floor of a Dublin tower block. Now imagine the police are after you, and your only escape is to ride into the west… To celebrate the play’s 20th anniversary, Travelling Light are bringing to a new generation of audiences their internationally-acclaimed story of grit and magic, love and loss, hope and discovery. Presented by Z-arts in partnership with Manchester Children’s Book Festival.

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