Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Manchester Blog Awards

Check out Manchizzle's blog for info on how to nominate your blog for the First Annual Manchester Blog Awards as part of the Manchester Literature Festival!

Categories are:
Best Arts and Culture Blog ( incl. music, photo, art, film, lit, fiction blogs, etc.)
Best Political Blog
Best Personal Blog
Blog of the Year (Open to any kind of blog)
The nominating period started on Sept 10th and closes on October 1. You can nominate yourself or someone else, and selections will be made by a panel of judges early October. Please email your nominations to:

The deadline has now been extended until October 7th! Quick, get your nominations in.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Manchester Independent Book Market

Fri 1st & Sat 2nd Sept saw the first ever Manchester Independent Book Market at St Ann's Square. Organised by (DXN) Diversity Exchange Network and Literature Northwest (with support from CIDS), this was the first time the region's independent publishers have been invited to promote their wares by Manchester Specialist Markets (the fellas who put on the German, Flower, Christmas and Farmers markets).

It was excellent to see so many sellers and buyers (particularly those braving the rain on the Saturday!) mingling, with live entertainment provided by Chloe Poems, Anwen Lewis, Maria Roberts and Dike Omeje - amongst others.

The spanking new MLF brochures managed to arrive hot-off-the-press just in time for the market and were quite literally flying off the stalls - it bodes well for a good inaugural festival! Here's hoping this becomes a regular event! Particular thanks to Duncan and Ra for all their hard work.

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