Thursday, 13 October 2016

Upcoming events in October for Manchester Children's Book Festival (MCBF)

MCBF 2016 included many extended projects and competitions, including Poetry Together which will run again in 2017, and the Letting in the Stars of Children's Poetry campaign is going strong.  The Family Fun Day is already being planned for next year, Saturday 24 June, but you don't have to wait that long to celebrate children's books and poetry as some of their partner organisations have upcoming events in October: 

For younger readers:

·         This Saturday 15th October, under-7s and their grown ups will love Hey Presto!  Taking place at Longsight Library at 11am and again at 2.30pm, this musical magic show will thrill and entertain.

·         Next Saturday 22nd October we will be joining the Manchester Literature Festival Family Reading Day at Manchester Central Library.  The event is drop in from 10am but details of ticketed author events, including Cerrie Burnell and Nick Sharrat can be found at

·         And don’t miss the Z-Arts ‘Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things’ interactive exhibition. You’ll enjoy this whatever your age.  It’s on until 17th December but book early if you want to go along

For Young Adult readers

·         This Saturday 15th October at 1pm, North Korean YA author and political activist Sungju Lee is appearing at Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.  Details and tickets for this event are at

·         On Sunday 23rd, Waterstones on Deansgate are hosting Fantasy author Garth Nix.  See for booking and details.

·         And on Monday 24th October, Manchester Central Library will be hosting a YA takeover day as part of the Reading Hack does #LoveToRead festival. The event is drop in between 2pm and 6.30pm and offers an opportunity for young peopled (aged 13-24) to get involved.  See for further details about the project and for examples of ‘hacking’ activities that you can do at home or in your school.  Pop down on the day to take part in drop-in workshops and to be in with a chance to win tickets to meet vlogger Joe Sugg at a forthcoming event in Manchester on 27th October (time and venue to be issued later). All of the events are free but book to avoid disappointment:

o   2pm – 3.30pm Scene Hack Get involved and recreate your favourite scene from a book using stop-motion animation.

o   3.45 – 4.45pm. Meet international best-selling author Samantha Shannon, author of the Bone Season series.

o   Hack in Six ( 5pm-6.30pm. Think of six words that describe the plot of your favourite book.  During the workshop you’ll digitally combine these words with the cover of your book, using graphic design techniques.

Also, get hands-on with 3D Doodle pens to create 3D shapes and sculptures, and find out about the opportunities for getting involved as a Manchester Libraries Reading Hack volunteer. 


That should be enough to occupy everyone over the half-term break.  There is plenty to come over the coming weeks and months so follow MCBF on Facebook and Twitter @MCBFestival to make sure you get the news as it develops. 


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