From your library to your home.

Manchester Libraries has partnered with The British Library to bring the Living Knowledge Network to libraries across the UK.

The Living Knowledge Network brings world-class speakers, emerging voices and inspirational debate to public libraries and the people who use them. We livestream compelling cultural events with libraries across the UK, so you can get a front-row seat for free no matter where you live.

As libraries have had to pause public events for now we’ve launched this website to keep bringing you captivating live events for free and showcase the highlights from our events archive. Here we can keep sharing knowledge and encouraging creativity, until we can get together again in person.

Future highlights include:

The Wonderful Lives of Mary Seacole and Elizabeth Anionwu on 26th October.

Emeritus nursing professor Elizabeth Anionwu and Shyama Perera, Chair of SALIDAA, the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive in conversation.

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel on 27th October.

Rachel Holmes, author of Sylvia Pankhurst, Natural Born Rebel in conversation with politician and human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti.

Ships at a Distance: Zora Neale Hurston on 28th October

Jackie Kay is the third modern Makar, the Scottish national poet. She will be discussing the career of Zora Neale Hurston with the high profile poet and activist Salena Godden. 

A Look into the Trans Archive on 10th November.

This event celebrates Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights, a UK-wide exhibition by the British Library and public libraries. Our expert panel will show that Trans people, in various forms and often with different names to those used today, have always been part of feminist history and the struggle for women’s rights, and will continue to be so in the future.

More information about the full Living Knowledge Network programme of event and the British Library can be found here.