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Future Libraries

Future Libraries

As part of The Festival of Libraries celebration, FutureEverything has teamed up with The Writing Squad to pair early career writers and creative technologists in Greater Manchester to create collaborative, immersive installations that explore what future libraries could be.

Manchester libraries are coming to life this June, through the launch of The Festival of Libraries (June 9th-13th). This new, multi-venue festival, taking place in libraries across Manchester, will feature a vibrant programme of digital art commissions, artist residencies, dance, performance, panel talks and walking tours.

Working in partnership with The Writing Squad, FutureEverything have proudly been commissioned to create Future Libraries, a programme of collaborative work, marrying together a selection of early career writers and creative technologists / digital artists. Each pair will co-create immersive, digitally delivered stories and reflective pieces, with an aim to change and challenge perceptions of what libraries are now, and what they could be in the future. 

The stories they create will premiere during the Festival with both physical installations and an online version accessible to a wider, international audience.

Meet our Creative Technologists

Izzy Bolt

Izzy will be working with writer & photographer, Lydia Hounat. Together they will explore the themes of truth and impartiality in the future of our libraries, in particular who controls and who authenticates knowledge.

Their work will be available at Central library, Manchester.

Chris Ball

Chris will collaborate with writer Ruth Yates, creating an interactive work spanning across poetry, film and screen installation. Locals in the Leigh and Wigan district are encouraged to contribute by sharing their ideas about the future of their library.

This will also mark 50 years of the Turnpike, home of the Leigh Library. 


David McFarlane

David has been paired with poet Charlotte Wetton to create an installation that merges old text with new and explores the unique perspectives and journeys of the library staff. 

Their installation can be accessed in the Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University, opening for this first time this June.


Want to find out more at The Festival of Library programme? Head over to their website for a full list of events, workshops and artist residencies.

The Festival of Libraries will take place from June 9th – 13th, 2021

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