Manchester Central Library To Host 'Love Stories Etc' In July

Mag North
June 21, 2024

Manchester Central Library is to host a new literature festival this summer, bringing together some of the biggest romance authors in the UK to celebrate books and reading.

Love Stories Etc…will be a one-day festival held at Manchester Central Library on Saturday, July 13, with panels, workshops and book signings, aimed at encouraging romance readers to discover new authors.

The festival has been organised in partnership with Manchester Central Libraries and representatives from publishers Simon & Schuster UK and HarperNorth and will feature some of the UK’s biggest authors. The full author line-up is HERE and festivalgoers will be able to buy a one-day ticket for seven author panels featuring high-profile writers.

There will also be workshops for budding romance writers wanting to learn more about getting published, and a talk for people interested in working in the publishing industry.

Sara-Jade Virtue, Brand Development Director at S&S said: "Championing writers and readers of love stories is a huge passion of mine, and the Love Stories Etc…Festival is the culmination of many months of discussion amongst members of the #RespectRomFic Movement that I am honoured to lead in collaboration with the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Alice Murphy-Pyle at HarperNorth and I have curated what we believe to be the most exciting line-up of 26 incredible authors – all in one place, on one day - and we can’t wait to bring their love stories to the beautiful Mancheste rCentral Library in July."

Councillor John Hacking, Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: "We are so excited to be welcoming the first ‘Love Stories Etc Festival’ to the much-loved flagship building, Central Library. Contemporary romance fiction is so popular right now and we can’t wait to celebrate the genre at this special festival packed with bestselling authors and hundreds oftheir fans!"  

Manchester Central Library will remain open to the general public throughout the festival. Tickets are available HERE