Manchester Children's Book Festival

pupils in a gallery workshop

Manchester Children's Book Festival, 18 May -20 July

We’re working with Manchester Metropolitan University and other cultural institutions across Manchester to celebrate the vibrant world of children’s books.

Free Teacher training

Our programme begins with one training session for teachers that support learning through creativity in order to improve literacy skills. They can help you to create programmes of learning based on the Manchester Art Gallery’s taught sessions or to develop techniques to use in the classroom.

All session will take place from 1.30-3.30 with refreshments from 1pm.

Iron Man – KS2 Thursday 24 May

Join the gallery team to see how we use Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man and artworks from our collection to help pupils examine Hughes’ narrative style so they can extend their own writing and develop as critical readers. For more info about the Iron Man workshop click here

Primary workshops

As part of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, we’re offering a number of workshops for primary school classes and Artists in Schools days.  The workshops last one hour 45 minutes and cost £ 3.00 per pupil for Manchester Schools and £3.50 for non Manchester LAs, with a minimum charge of £65. Our full-day Artists in Schools sessions cost £175.

Early Years and KS1

Heroes in a small world

We use drama to bring paintings and the heroes portrayed in them to life, exploring their special heroic skills and talents. Pupils generate ideas together to create stories based on what they can see and what they imagine they would hear. In small groups, children use story boxes to play, discuss and create stories featuring a hero who saves the day. For more info click here

Where the Wild Things Live

Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, pupils explore ideas around wild and tame, imaginary and real. Then they embark on a mini adventure around the gallery to discover real and imaginary animals in the artworks. Back in the studio they create their own fantastical creatures and bring them to life as Wild Thing puppets, which they use to act out the poem Let’s Make a Rumpus. For more info click here


Incredible characters, inventive endings

Inspired by paintings, sculptures and curious objects, pupils create characters, develop plots and propose resolutions for a fantastical story. Then they express their ideas through drama and role play. We capture the performances on DVD for you to extend your visit back at school. Fore more info click here

Iron Man

Using artworks, dramatic readings, role play and music, pupils explore Ted Hughes’ classic sci-fi fairytale. Working individually, in pairs and in groups, they deconstruct compound words to make mini poems and experiment with syntactical styles . They use role-play to express empathy and create slogans. This examination of Ted Hughes’ narrative style and techniques helps pupils to extend their writing and develop as critical readers. For more info click here

Artist in Schools

Creating comicsWorking with illustrator Jim Medway, pupils develop their visual literacy and communication skills through basic comic-making techniques. They explore elements of visual storytelling including character creation, composing panels and depicting emotion, action and situation.

How to book

To make a booking or find out more about the programme, please contact us.

Tel: 0161 235 8842
Fax: 0161 235 8899

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