What’s On

Upcoming events

Symposium: Travel, Translation and Children’s Books
Friday 28th April 2017
Manchester Meeting Place


For this Symposium and round table discussion, we are delighted to welcome three guest speakers:

Kiera Vaclavik, Queen Mary College, London

Clémentine Beauvais, University of York

Anna Kemp, Queen Mary College, London

Our topics include the impact of globalisation on contemporary childhood culture, and particularly its implications for picturebooks; the experience of writing for children and the production of books for global markets, including translations, pictures, and adaptations; and the exoticisation or negation of European spaces in the British imagination and how this affects and politicizes the process of translating books for children and young adults.

Picture Hooks Conference with Association of Illustrators & Manchester Met
Saturday 20th May 2017
Manchester School of Art


Picture Hooks presents its annual conference for illustrators, now in its fourth year, with the Association of Illustrators and Manchester School of Art.

This is a great opportunity for emerging illustrators and graduates to get an insider’s view into the picture book industry and other commercial opportunities, with illuminating talks from leading publishing experts and agents.

We are joined this year by Tessa Strickland, the co-founder of Barefoot Books, and Tiffany Leeson, the Creative Director of Egmont Publishing. The AOI will present a special edition of the hugely popular series AOI Discusses: Making More Money. Illustrators will share their experiences and offer practical tips around contracts, negotiation and the awkwardness of pricing your work, with lots of time for Q&A.

The Little People’s History Museum – Superhero Puppet craft table
Thursday 25th May – Sunday 4th June
People’s History Museum


Inspired by our changing exhibition Never Going Underground create your own superhero puppet. What would a super hero who stands up for others, fights for equality or celebrates what makes us all different and unique look like? Pop your puppet along to the exhibition’s story space and show off their super hero powers.

The Little People’s History Museum – Beeing Special
Tuesday 13th June 2017
People’s History Museum


Meet Little Bee, the bee who wants to be different. Join in the busy bee dance, search for flowers in the museum and follow Little Bee’s adventure to find out how he becomes the hero of Victorian Manchester. Fun interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity. Why not tweet a photo of your finished creation to us at @PHMLearn.


After the success of last year’s event, which saw more than 3,000 visitors come to the university, our popular Family Fun Day returns in 2017. There will be a full Saturday of free activities at Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints Campus. Come along and join the fun – there’ll be something for everyone, from pre-readers and nursery age children to teens and families. And, as well as story-telling, arts, crafts and workshops, there’ll be a bustling marketplace of stalls and exhibitions to browse and enjoy and some of your favourite characters to meet, too! Full details coming soon. Save the date!