The Pankhurst Centre and Manchester City Council are set to create a living legacy for the women of Manchester that gathers their words, memories and experiences for all to share.
The Women's Words project will be inviting women with any link to the city - whether through birth, work or home - to submit their written stories about living and working in Manchester, of up to 1,000 words.
The project launches on Thursday 24 August, and submissions can be sent until Friday 24 November. Stories, poems, memories, thoughts will then be archived at Manchester Central Library.
All contributions from women of all ages and backgrounds – whether stories, poems, memories, lists, or reflections – are welcome, as long as they are in the author’s own words.
Women’s Words will be artist-led, with participants given the chance to explore traditional ‘making’ practices such as textiles, letterpress and cyanotype.
There will also be oral and collaborative storytelling sessions and an opportunity for those who feel they cannot write well in English to have their stories retold and written down by someone else.
The project will culminate with two public events, a limited-edition book, an exhibition and a gala event on 5 February at Manchester’s Central Library.