When : 2nd September 2006 - 10:00am
Where : St Ann's Square
Price : Free

Pulishers include: Ayebia, Banipal, Carcanet, Comma, Carcanet, DGPS, Penniless Press, Tindal Street, Maia Press, Route Publishing, Countyvise, Millrace, Smallzone, Mslexia, INP, Stand, Dewi Lewis, The Ugly Tree, Mucusarts, DEP, Litfest, Tamarind, Blinking Eye, Transmission, Cheers Ta, Brownskin Books, Citizen 32, Dreams That Money Can Buy, Inpress, Shorelines.

Readers today include: SPECIAL CHILDRENS SPOT: 1pm-2.15pm Verna Wilkins, Pete Kalu, Tariq Mehmood (tbc), Creina Mansfield; 3pm-3.15pm Shamshad Khan, Conor Aylward, Adam Irving,, Stuart Mallinson, Ian Seed, Dinesh Allirajah; 5pm-6pm. Speakeasy event (readers tbc).

The Manchester Book Market is a brand new initiative designed to give independent publishers and retailers, of books and magazines, the opportunity to sell their product directly to the public. The project was set up in response to a perceived under-representation of the independent book sector, in Manchester and, if successful, will hopefully grow from a one-off initiative to a regular fixture on the specialist market calendar.

The market is a partnership between Manchester Specialist Markets (producers of the highly successful German, Flower, Christmas and Farmers markets), the Diversity Exchange Network (DXN), Literature Northwest and the Cultural Industries Development Service (CIDS) who are working together to create the best possible environment for both shoppers and traders.

The event has been will take place on the busiest shopping days of the week, Friday and Saturday, to give traders the best possible opportunity to make profit and promote their organisations to potential consumers. Also, St. Anne’s Square is considered to be the ‘best pitch in town’ as a central attraction for shoppers from all sides of the city. The addition of an outdoor coffee shop, and potentially live literary events, will help ensure that consumers are kept in the vicinity.



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