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Literature in Manchester

Manchester has a rich and thriving literary tradition.

MediaCity, the new home of the BBC is four stops on the tram from Piccadilly and looks like a mini-Shanghai. There is the Manchester Museum of Art, and the Whitworth Gallery if you enjoy art.

Manchester is a great city for music. From the University's own venue the Academy, to the Apollo half a mile away from the Learning Commons, to the pubs around Oxford Road station to the Northern quarter, the Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall, music is everywhere. 

But the city of Manchester also has a rich and thriving literary tradition.

Below you'll find a wealth of places, people, publishers, traditions and resources that are helpful to know about if you write, research or just love books.

Literary landmarks