Manchester Book Market is back.

It's bigger, better and, thanks to our new indoor marquee venue, dryer than ever before.

Now in its sixth year, the Manchester Indie Book Market is the largest open-to-the-public book market specialising in independent publishers in the UK. It features presses from across the country publishing poetry, novels, short stories, art, photography, artists' books, non-fiction, local history and collectible editions.

Spanning across two days and held in an indoor marquee in the bustling centre of Manchester, the book market is a part of the Spring Festival of Markets, which runs from the 22 May - 8 June. The whole event features a series of themed markets, from vintage clothing to vinyl fairs. The Book Market is held in The Orangery, an indoor marquee in St. Ann's Square.

This year's Book Market is headlined by performance poet Jess Green, whose video 'Dear Mr Gove', a five-minute long poem that criticises the government's unpopular education reforms, recently went viral, garnering nearly 300,000 views in its first month.

You can view it here.

The market is being compered by Mancunian literary legend Gerry Potter (also known as Chloe Poems), with back-to-back readings and performances from poets and authors including Ben Mellor (winner of the 2009 BBC Radio 4 National Poetry Slam), Tony Walsh (Glastonbury Poet in Residence 2011), and Lauren Bolger (winner of The Roy Fisher Prize for poetry 2012).

If you're interested in performing at this year's Manchester Independent Book Market, please contact Holly on