Upcoming event

Thursday, 21 February 2019


Multi-language Mushaira

Longsight Library

Date: Thursday 21st February 2019

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Longsight Library 

Tickets: FREE

On 21st February 2019, Manchester will celebrate International Mother Language Day with exciting events taking place across the city.

Activities include fun, family-friendly games, crafts and performances, a panel discussion, workshops and a multilingual mushaira.

The Manchester Writing School (Manchester Metropolitan University) and artist Emma Martin (Stanley Grove Primary School) are hosting a Multi-language Mushaira, on Thursday 21st February, 7pm-9pm, at Longsight Library. A mushaira is a lively and interactive poetry performance event, traditionally in Urdu and other South Asian languages; at the Multi-language Mushaira, everyone will be invited to share poetry in any language of their choice, around the theme of food.

At each of the daytime library events on 21st February (details above), you can also visit one of our International Mother Language Day Poetry Pods to be part of our #McrMushaira. Everyone is welcome. Come and tell us about your favourite food and work with our resident #McrMushaira poet to help create and read some amazing food poetry. Look out for our beautiful little Poetry Pod and our paper-plate clouds. We can’t wait to meet you!


Anyone can join in! Even if you can’t make it on the day, you can film yourself reading poetry in any language and upload it to Twitter or Instagram, using our #McrMushaira at any time in the lead up to 21st February. Or do both. We hope to see you at one of our participating libraries.

If you would like your school, class or group to join in, there are really useful resource packs available to help you. Please email Emma Martin, Creative Lead (emartin@sgpa.bfet.uk) for the FREE packs.

Manchester Metropolitan University is running these events in collaboration The University of Manchester and other partners in the UNESCO City of Literature consortium.

The writers and researchers at Manchester Met, based in the Manchester Writing School, are always exploring two distinct paths within their work; how creative writing might serve as a mode of enquiry into the world and how such research might be disseminated outside of the academy in order for it to have the greatest impact. Our Writers at Manchester Met series allows us to interrogate the very best contemporary writing and continue to explore new ways in which it might reach wider audiences.

Event contact James Draper · writingschool@mmu.ac.uk

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