Manchester Art Gallery

A New Manchester Alphabet book launch

Join us in celebrating the launch of this new book with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Manchester Art Gallery
Thursday 10 December 2015, 5pm–7pm

Free, meet in the atrium

In 1906 Roger Oldham, a member of the Manchester Society of Architects, wrote and illustrated a small booklet called ‘A Manchester Alphabet’.  The Alphabet takes us on a journey around Edwardian Manchester from Ancoats to the (Bellevue) Zoo.  Fast forward to 2014, and a copy of the booklet is found on the shelves at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Special Collections.  Inspired by its humor and charm, a project began to update Oldham’s original Alphabet.

‘A New Manchester Alphabet’ is a snapshot of Manchester in 2015: illustrated by students from Manchester School of Art and written by poetry students from The Manchester Writing School.  This collaboration takes us on a brand new journey: from Afflecks, via New Islington, to Ziferblat.  This special event to launch the new book is being held at Manchester Art Gallery which features Roger Oldham’s original Alphabet (P for Picture Gallery).  Join us for an evening of festive cheer featuring readings from both Alphabets and catch a rare glimpse of Roger Oldhams’s original hand-coloured illustrations.

Poetry readings will begin at 5.30pm.

Please book in advance on Eventbrite.  If the event is fully booked you may not be able to hear the readings but do please join us in the atrium for a drink, to see the book, and meet those who made it happen.