Radical Read is a history, literature and performance project with
young people, in Manchester. Conceived by Read Manchester, this is a collaborative project between
Manchester City Council, The British Council and Manchester Histories.
The aim of Radical Read is to increase young people’s
(12-18-year olds) understanding of their democratic rights through the reading of books and other written
materials that celebrate young people’s engagement in peaceful protest and
change over the last 200 years. It forms part of the Read Manchester campaign
and aims to promote the enjoyment of reading.
We are looking for budding young writers
to create a short story or poem, written from the perspective of a young person
The Peterloo Massacre, took place in Manchester
in 1819. A peaceful protest where people stood together for parliamentary
representation and Manchester became a radical city like no other.
Radical Read is a young person centred
information and learning pack for schools, that looks at the involvement of
young people in peaceful protests over the last 200 years, it includes a
section about Peterloo. Radical Read will form part of the Peterloo 2019 activities
led by Manchester Histories happening this summer to commemorate the 200th
Our new website peterloo1819.co.uk will be launching soon.
All you have to do is write your short
story or poem up to 750 words, clearly state your name, age, contact, school or college if you attend one, and send
it into us. It will then be reviewed by a panel of writers and teachers and the
winning entry chosen.
The winning entry will then be included
in the learning pack at the very start. Your piece will be read and used in
schools across the world when they look at the Peterloo Massacre and the role
of young people at this watershed moment in history.
You’ll never know unless you enter, so
give it a go!
Download the flyer
prize for the winning entry
● Your work published online &
shared in schools across Manchester and globally
£50 cash prize
● Mentoring from an author, poet or creative
of the competition
● You must be between the age of 14 - 18 years
● Living or studying in Manchester.
● The story should be based on or inspired by the Peterloo
How to Enter
Please send any entries or questions about the competition to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for entries: Monday 4 March 2019