The inaugural Manchester Children’s Book Festival, hosted by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, was the first event of its kind in the North West of England.
The 2010 festival attracted 3,000 visitors over four days and featured some of the most successful published children’s authors, illustrators, and a host of favourite fictional characters.
Following on from the success of the 2010 event, we have expanded the festival to eleven days for 2012, making it even bigger and better. Working in partnership with cultural organisations across the city, we have developed an ambitious package of festival events, projects and activities for Manchester, the North West, and UK-wide and international audiences.
Working in partnership with cultural organisations, educational establishments and business partners, we have a range of exciting opportunities for local and national businesses to invest in the festival, promoting external brands and raising corporate profiles to the wide audience of this major literary event.
With packages ranging from £1,000 to £10,000, opportunities for sponsoring the festival events and activities are grouped into three main strands – Public Events, Schools’ Programmes and Professional Development Days. Get details about all the packages available.
Festival launch – hosted by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this VIP wine reception will feature performances by Carol Ann and other artists and will provide an excellent networking opportunity.
Family Fun Day – a fun packed day of events, activities, exhibitions, stalls and interactive sessions with opportunities to meet favourite characters and the people responsible for creating them.
Author events – taking place at venues across Manchester and aimed at family audiences, this programme will feature many of the nation’s favourite authors, poets and illustrators.
Carol Ann Duffy public performance – a family show featuring the Poet Laureate and her musician, John Sampson, at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Gala dinner – a four star evening meal at the prestigious Midland Hotel, hosted by Carol Ann Duffy in the company of celebrity diners and guest speakers, with a charity auction and musical entertainment.
For schools – a full programme of events and activities offered by Manchester Metropolitan University and partner organisations, featuring authors, poets, illustrators and focussing on festival exhibitions.
Festival projects – a variety of opportunities for primary and secondary school pupils to take part in projects with artists, writers and arts practitioners. Includes an international Reading and Writing Relay, Poetry on the Run, a Flash Mob performance in city centre Manchester and our Young Journalist and Twitter schemes.
Continuing professional development days – two full days of writing workshops, discussions, symposia and illustrated talks delivered by leading writers, academics, experts and arts practitioners, with a central focus on children’s literature.
Our sponsorship opportunities are different and can be custom built. We offer a range of flexible options to maximise the benefits for your organisation.
Our team will work closely with you, taking a unique, creative approach to ensure that all of your objectives are fulfilled. We provide clear, positive associations with a wide range of target audiences: