Since I became a mother, I’ve found myself writing more and more for children, so, when I was appointed Poet Laureate, it felt natural that my first major event should be a children’s book festival. With my team in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, we staged a four-day pilot in 2010 – and I was delighted with the response.
The 2012 Festival is even bigger and better – truly a festival for the city. We’re working in partnership with many of Manchester’s major cultural and educational organisations to offer an exciting programme of events and activities – here at the MMU and in schools, libraries, theatres, museums and galleries across the region. And if you can’t make it to Manchester, you can still get involved in our virtual ‘Reading and Writing Relay’ or by entering our Festival competitions.
I’m excited about this year’s programme and hope you can join us.
Carol Ann Duffy Poet Laureate and Festival Creative Director
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival is a wonderful way for Manchester Metropolitan University to share the very best of what it has to offer with our local communities and the wider world, and I’m delighted with the 11-day programme of activities that Carol Ann and the team have put together for 2012.
Whether you’re a young person, family or school group wanting to meet your favourite authors, illustrators and characters, or a teacher or arts practitioner looking for professional development opportunities or activities to run in school, there really is something for everyone.
I am proud to present the second Manchester Children’s Book Festival and hope to see you there.
Professor John Brooks Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Concessionary rates (unless otherwise specified) are available to anyone aged 16 or under, pensioners, students in possession of a valid college or university ID card, carers attending with disabled guests and current members of Manchester Metropolitan University staff.
Wheelchair users will be able to indicate when booking tickets for most events that they will be attending in a wheelchair. Carers attending with disabled guests are entitled to book tickets at the concessionary rate where applicable - but will need a ticket in order to attend.
Family Fun Day Car Parking: Visitors to the Festival Family Fun Day on Saturday 30th June will have access to free parking (subject to availability) at Manchester Metropolitan University between 10am and 5pm. The Salutation and John Dalton car parks will be open – follow the signs for access. There is additional on-road parking around the All Saints campus, which must be paid for.
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Adult at all times
Babes-in-arms aged two years and under are permitted to attend events for free provided that they remain on an adult's knee throughout the performance.