Scribble Festival
Scribble Festival

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Chapter One Books

Lever Street


M1 1BY

United Kingdom

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Scribble Festival

Sunday 6th and Monday 7th November

A free celebration of community writing and story telling at Chapter One Books, Lever Street Manchester, M1 1BY.

Sunday 1.30pm - 8pm / Monday 9.30  1.30pm

Join us for Scribble Festival, Tell Us Another One and Cartwheel Arts annual literature celebration. Inviting members of the public to come join us during Sunday afternoon for a day of creative writing workshops, live readings with some great artists from the North West and a chance to get your work published, followed by an evening of live music, a Poetry Slam with a cash prize and a poetry reading from our star guest.  Monday's morning session is an opportunity for writers and organisations to network and connect. We will be having panel discussions followed by speed networking and lunch.

You must get seperate tickets for the day time and evening activities.


Day Time from 1.30pm - 5pm

Expect Q&A sessions and live performances with award-winning writer Sarah-Clare Conlon who has had short stories published by Salt, Comma, and many more. She is currently Literature Editor of Creative Tourist. She wil be joined by acclaimed writer David Gaffney,  the Guardian said: 'One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others.' If you're lucky enough you will also be able to join their Flash Fiction Workshop. You can also try your hand at poetry with performance poet, radio presenter and DJ, Chris Jam, and home in your songwriting skills with singer songwriter Claire Mooney, 7 albums to her credit, comissioned by the Lowry and BBC Radio Manchester, and musical Director for Gaskel the musical. Other activities include zine making and publishing your work on the MacGuffin Platform.

Workshop Tickets available:

Flash Fiction/ Poetry/Song Writing/Zine Making

Please bear in mind the sessions are on at the same time, so you can only choose one. After the worshops we will congregate togther and if you feel confident enough you can share your work.

1.30 - Register and have a look at the exhibition

2pm - Workshops (prompt start)

4pm - Relecting on the workshops, live readings and Q & A with special guests.

5 - 6pm - Dinner

Evening session from 6-8pm

Hear poetry from our star guest Roger Robinson , award-winning writer, musician and performer, chosen by Decibel as one of the 50 writers who have influenced the Black writing canon. There will also be live music from Family Ranks tipped as the future of Electronic Hip Hop, and described by BBC Radio 6's Tom Robinson as 'life affirming music". You can even take part in our Poetry Slam for a £50 prize, hosted by performance poet Chris Jam.

6pm - Poetry Slam - Cash Prize judged by Roger Robinson, Chris Jam and Paul Stanley

7pm - Live poerty reading from Roger Robinson

7.30pm - Live session from Family Ranks.

Monday - Lets Talk

Day time from 9.30 - 1.30pm

A morning of great conversation and a chance for writers and different stakeholders to network, connect and collaborate.  

Panel 1 - Publishing, finding new voices in the community, tips on traditional publishing and self publishing

Panelists - Michael Schmidt, Editorial and Marketing Director, Carcanet Press

Len Grant award winning writer and photographer

Alice Graham, Troubadoor Publishing


Panel 2 - Our community, our voices, how we can effect the narrative?

Panelists - Shirley May, Common Word, Director of Young Idenity, Cartwheel Arts

Darren Cheety, doctoral candiate, writer - The Immigrant, Radio 4's Pick of The Week,  Hip Hop Ed Seminars.

Michelle Green, award winning writer, Common Word Play, Cartwheel Arts


Giving a voice to individuals in communities, bringing together writers, publishers and creative organisations.

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Chapter One Books

Lever Street


M1 1BY

United Kingdom

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