The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is pleased to bring together visiting Polish poets with UK-based poets in a series of readings and writing workshops.

The festival’s name means ‘The Joy of Writing’ in Polish and is taken from a poem by Wisława Szymborska, Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize.

The Radość Pisania: Manchester Polish Poetry Festival has been curated by poet Mark Pajak in response to his recent creative residency in Krakow, UNESCO City of Literature. This festival is presented by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met in partnership with the British Council, Kraków UNESCO City of Literature and Manchester City of Literature.

The Radość Pisania: Manchester Polish Poetry Festival is one of a planned series of bilingual and multilingual poetry events that seek to widen access to poetry in Manchester’s mother languages. Our aim is to introduce poetry in these languages to people who may already attend poetry events, and to join with the communities who speak these languages in celebrating their literature and culture.

Celebrating Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska and Southern Cemetery Tour

Date: Tuesday 30th October

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: The Lodge, Southern Cemetery, 212 Barlow Moor Road

Tickets: Free – available at:

Reception and Poetry Reading

Date: Tuesday 30th October 2018

Time: Reception from 6.30pm, readings from 7.30pm

Location: Number 70 Oxford St, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5NH

Tickets: FREE, Book via EventBrite:

Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Location: Special Collections, All Saints Library, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6BH. Meet at reception (ground floor).

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Photo credit: Krakow City of Literature, pic. Tomasz Wiech


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