Living Library – Sick Festival in Manchester
As part of the exciting new SICK! Festival, our CEO, Duncan, is about to become a ‘Living Book’.
SICK! Festival is the first festival in the UK dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges – and this year it is expanding into venues across Manchester.
Running throughout March, the festival seeks out new ways of talking about and dealing with the bad times that are unflinching, informed, irreverent and humane. It is a reflection on those experiences that are most personal to us, but which somehow connect us all as individuals with bodies, minds and lives that sometimes go wrong.
The Rise Living Library, open on 19 March from 2.0pm – 5.00pm at Central Library, brings together survivors, workers, the police and others working with or affected by abuse. Visitors ‘borrow’ volunteer books for up to 15 minutes for frank and open conversation.
This event has been co-ordinated and produced by The Pankhurst Trust (incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid). The organisation has been supporting women locally for over 40 years, and they hope their Living Library will shed light on the dynamics of abuse, and the help available for all in the city. You can check out their website at www.manchesterwomensaid.org or tweet @MancWomensAid and @PankhurstCentre.
No respecter of persons, abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability, religion, income, social status or education.
The event has been described as ‘beautiful, inspirational and moving’, the Rise Living Library is a chance to hear, first hand, personal experiences of abuse, the impact of violence, and about the support available.
This is a free event – all you need is curiosity and an open mind! So come and take a ‘book’ out
For more information, click here to go to SICK! Festival website