Family Reading Day at Manchester Central Library

October sees Manchester Literature Festival come around again, with a full program that includes grown up literary names from Simon Armitage, Sarah Waters and Martin Amis alongside the Mercury Award nominated and electrifying urban poet and musician, Kate Tempest.

The children aren’t left out of the celebrations. If you want a sampler that puts everything in one place, the Family Reading Day uses the newly renovated Manchester Central Library for a day of fictional fun as popular children’s performers and authors bring stories to life.



Events include recognisable characters like Maisy Mouse, hilarious children’s author Steve Hartley reading from his children’s series Oliver Fibbs and Danny Baker Record Breaker, and theatre company One Moment in Time reimagining the classic fairytales of Joan Aiken in their enchanting performance A Necklace of Raindrops.

The events run throughout the day on 18th October, and you can pick and choose the ones that suit you best with tickets available for each event separately at £2 each. There is also the Market Place with crafts and activities running throughout the day.


11 – 11.45am: Story Time with Maisy & Dad

Story Time for kids and Dads with Maisy Mouse. There’ll be lots of Maisy stories shared & the chance to meet Maisy herself. This event is free but booking is advised. Suitable for ages 3+

12.30 – 1.30pm: One Moment in Time – A Necklace of Raindrops

A necklace of raindrops that keeps its owner dry in the heaviest rainstorm; a house that stands on one leg and a granny who sews magic into every stitch – Joan Aiken’s classic fairytales come to life in this enchanting performance featuring an original live score with strings, wind and percussion. Suitable for ages 5+

2 – 3pm: Steve Hartley – Oliver Fibbs and Danny Baker

Hilarious children’s author Steve Hartley talks about the invention of his characters Oliver Fibbs and Danny Baker! Approach with caution: giant bogeys, massive pink pants and armpit fart orchestras have been known to appear at his events… Suitable for ages 7+

3.30 – 4.30pm: Artful Playground – Lolly, Pops and Circus Props

Lolly dreams of travel and adventure, so she runs away from the circus… but things aren’t quite how she imagined. Can she get back home to Pops? Perhaps her circus skills might come in handy? An interactive musical adventure with participation at its heart, Artful Playground are back by popular demand. Suitable for ages 3+

Family Reading Day is part of Manchester Literature Festival. Saturday 18 October, 11.00am until 4.00pm at Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester,  M2 5PD. Tickets are £2 per event.