Radical Read

Get involved in our Radical Read writing competition now

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 at Peterloo.

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 anniversary.

Our new website peterloo1819.co.uk will be launching soon.

Writing Competition

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!

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Radical Read - 8 March

The 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 writing expert.

Rules 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 Massacre.

How to Enter

Please send any entries or questions about the competition to: shepherdd@loretochorlton.manchester.sch.uk

Deadline for entries: Friday 8 March 2019


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