Fun for all ages at literature festival

CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell will be at Manchester Literature Festival.
CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell will be at Manchester Literature Festival.
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Head to Manchester for a feast of events for children and young people at the city’s Literature Festival.

Alongside a wide and varied programme for adults, the festival is offering a strong and diverse programme of story-inspired events for young readers.

Cult writer Neil Gaiman will be at The Dancehouse on Sunday October 13 to talk about his new children’s novel, Fortunately, the Milk.

The same day, The Little Red Hen is at Manchester Museum at 2pm. This event, perfect for children aged two to five, tells the story of The Little Red Hen who lives in the farmyard. One day she finds three grains of wheat and decides to make some bread but she will need help from the audience in this interactive performance that brings together storytelling, puppetry, song and live music.

In partnership with Z-Arts, festival organisers will be presenting The Icebook on Saturday October 19. This is the world’s first projection mapped pop-up book.

When the lights go out the book is brought to life using video and projection to create a dark and atmospheric story of one man’s journey through the wilderness. It’s a unique theatrical experience for everyone aged 10-plus.

Also for younger audiences, on Sunday October 20, there’s a family reading day at Manchester Town Hall for three to eight-year-olds featuring among others Manchester poet Dommy B, former children’s Laureate Anthony Browne, much loved C-Beebies presenter Cerrie Burnell and popular children’s writer Steve Hartley.

All this will run alongside a marketplace crammed with free craft and storytelling activities.

Other events include Rumble in the Jungle, a collaboration with The Halle at their new St Peter’s venue in Ancoats, and a history-inspired event for 11 to 14-year-olds at The John Rylands Library.

For further information on any of these events go to, call 0161 832 5502 or email