International Mother Language Day 2020 at various venues

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet Lemn Sissay.
Poet Lemn Sissay.

International Mother Language Day at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 21 February 2020, free entry - Visit now

International Mother Language Day takes place around the world annually on 21 February, which this year in our very own UNESCO Manchester City of Literature falls on a Friday, but here actually runs over three days from the Thursday through to the Saturday.

Now in their third year in Manchester, the International Mother Language Day celebrations will be bringing together a range of partners, from Central Library to the brand-new Manchester Poetry Library, due to open to the public in the summer. Last year, the likes of bestselling and award-winning poet/author and Chancellor of The University of Manchester Lemn Sissay MBE was involved; this year, join Anjum Malik plus bi-lingual poets Nasima Begum, Basir Sultan Kazmi, Steph Lonsdale and Bohdan Pisecki as they explore the meaning of “home” in the now annual Multilingual Mushaira.

Join Anjum Malik plus bi-lingual poets Nasima Begum, Basir Sultan Kazmi, Steph Lonsdale and Bohdan Pisecki as they explore the meaning of “home” in the now annual Multilingual Mushaira

You can expect a number of exciting events “aimed at families, young people and curious adults” taking place in various venues in the city centre and beyond, including Manchester Museum, Instituto Cervantes and Central, North City, Wythenshawe Forum and Longsight Libraries.

Head to Elizabeth Gaskell House on Thursday 20 February at 1pm, when extracts from the famous author’s works will be read in translation into various languages by multi-national House volunteers (House admission price applies); on Friday 21 February 2-4pm, you’ll find “space poet” Dom Conlon creating poetry and taking part in science experiments with the Jodrell Bank team and their inflatable planetarium at the Pakistani Community Centre in Longsight; on Saturday, from 9.30am-4pm, share your favourite poem over a cup of tea at Central Library with The Poetry Exchange podcast team in association with Manchester Poetry Library – in any language (book a slot in advance by emailing sally@thepoetryexchange.co.uk).

All events are free. Venues and times vary - check the Manchester City of Literature website for details.

International Mother Language Day at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

21 February 2020 10:00 am
Free entry

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