Friday, 13 March 2015

Manchester Women's Aid and the Pankhurst Trust present: A Living Library!

Manchester Women's Aid and the Pankhurst Trust present:

A Living Library!

March 19th 2015 2-5pm - FREE

Manchester Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Come and borrow a living book. Discover personal stories of survival.

Life doesn't always go according to plan and any one of us can find our lives affected by domestic abuse. Volunteer Living Books will make themselves available to be 'borrowed' by members of the public for open conversation about their lives and experiences.

What is the RISE Living Library?

The RISE Living Library was developed by RISE - the Brighton & Hove national award winning domestic abuse charity.  Launched in  2010, the event aims to promote dialogue, reduce prejudice and encourage understanding about domestic abuse. The simple format creates an opportunity to speak to survivors and those who work to support people affected by domestic abuse.

Living Books include survivors, refuge and outreach workers, the police and others speaking one on one with interested members of the community. Each 'reading' lasts up to 15 minutes.

RISE Living Library has been described by readers as 'beautiful, inspirational and moving'.

"I was just passing and didn't have the time to build up expectations. It didn't matter. It is so inspirational and beautiful. I feel grateful people wanted to share their experiences."
"Great to really put the person into the story. I really loved it!"

Manchester Women's Aid and the Pankhurst Trust are delighted to be holding their first RISE Living Library as part of Manchester's inaugural SICK! Festival!

The event is free - all you need is curiosity and an open mind.