Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland part of Manchester’s new Festival of Libraries line-up next week

Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland will be taking part in just one of several events forming part of the  Festival of Libraries next week, at an in-person event at Altrincham Library on Friday 11th June 2021.

Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland

At this free event, Stephen will introduce you to the misunderstood medium of comics, revealing to those unfamiliar just how it’s thousands of years older than you think, a great deal craftier, and you’re already reading them – whether you know it or not!

An adult entertainment medium in its own right, he feels, rightly, we think, that comics are also the perfect lure for reluctant readers and those with dyslexia.

Stephen is owner of the independent comics shop Page 45, and a fervent comics advocate, freelance artist and tutor, and the current UK Comics Laureate 2021 – 2023. You can find out more about his work promoting comics here on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site.

Manchester City of Literature’s inaugural Festival of Libraries is a brand-new county-wide celebration of Greater Manchester’s 133 libraries, taking place from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th June, 2021. The festival, which is supported by Arts Council England, will feature a vibrant programme, some events also available online, that highlights the library network’s full offer, across wellbeing, culture and creativity, digital and information, and, of course, reading.

The Festival of Libraries programme, which includes appearances by both authors and artists, will take place in internationally renowned institutions from Manchester’s rich tapestry of heritage libraries, including Central Library, with its impressive status as the busiest public library in the country, in addition to Chetham’s, The Portico, and the John Rylands Research Institute and Library. Also featured will be Greater Manchester’s equally important and vital local libraries that deliver much needed support and services to their communities.

Festival of Libraries: Stephen Holland (UK Comics Laureate)
by Manchester City of Literature 111.00am Friday 11th June 2021, Altrincham Library, 2 Pott Street, Altrincham WA14 1AH |
Tickets for this small interactive in-person event are free at Altrincham Library, which must be booked in advance, are available here from EventBrite

Find out What’s On at the Festival of Libraries here

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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