Manchester’s Festival of Libraries will open again this summer, featuring writers, artists, musicians and poets.  The Festival will feature performances, trails, talks and crafts across the region’s 133 libraries.

In anticipation of Manchester Festival of Libraries the Look for a Book Challenge will run from Monday 27 May until 2 June.

Hidden in and around the green spaces of Manchester’s libraries will be 500 copies of Konnie Huq’s Fearless Fairy Tales lying in wait to be found. In this shake up of classic tales you won’t meet damsels in distress, instead you will be captivated by characters like Sleeping Brainy, whose dream is to become the Chancellor of the Exchequer! Those that follow the clues will get a copy of the book and they will also have the chance to meet Konnie during the festival and find out more about her writing and days as a Blue Peter presenter (1997-2008).

Speaking about the challenge, Konnie Huq said, “I’m thrilled that Fearless Fairy Tales is off on a great adventure of its own around Greater Manchester’s green and community spaces for Look For A Book! I’m proud to be supporting libraries, this is such a fun way to share the range of services and activities they offer. Good luck treasure hunters and I look forward to seeing the winners in June!”

The Festival of Libraries will run from 12 June until 16 June 2024.  All the libraries across Greater Manchester are taking part including historic and internationally renowned libraries Central Library, The Portico and John Rylands.  Partners include Central Library, Chetham’s Library, John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester Poetry Library, NHS Libraries, The Portico Library, Working Class Movement Library, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Institute Cervantes Library and Greater Manchester libraries (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan).