Message from our President – June 2024

Peter Wright

peter wright manchester lit and phil president

June 2024


There’s lots to look forward to this month

As we approach the end of the academic year and enter the last months of this year’s program, we want to end on a high.

We have numerous and varied events on the calendar, with there being something for everyone.

Alongside our programme of talks we are also involved in several new partnership initiatives. These are aimed at increasing awareness of Manchester Lit & Phil’s offer, hopefully encouraging people to join the mailing list and attend future events.

We are hosting a Salon on June 7 as part of the Universally Manchester Festival. Held in a relaxed atmosphere, the salon will offer the chance to explore AI, sugar, and enzyme engineering and to mix with a diverse group.

One of the most exciting partnerships this year is with the University of Salford for the We Invented the Weekend festival. We’re co-hosting a series of We Think Big talks as part of this very popular free festival at Salford Quays. It’s a huge event with a vast array of activities on offer. I am particularly looking forward to Manchester Lit & Phil’s Poetry Boat with Oliver James Lomax.


How you can support us going forward

The Lit & Phil was formed in 1781. We need your help to keep the Society thriving, growing, and evolving. As you know from my previous posts, the trustees are looking at how we need to adapt for the future.

Your support can take many forms – from talking to your social circle, to using social media to promote or review one of our events, to volunteering your time and skills.

We will be asking for more volunteers over the next few months and would welcome interest from both members and non-members. We will also look for specific skills and small groups to take ownership of various areas of the society’s activities by committing a few hours a week.

Two areas of focus now are the Memoirs and recruiting an Honour Secretary.

As our Memoirs Editor has retired, we are faced with the challenge of finding and mobilising a team to review the Memoirs’ content to ensure it evolves, maintains its core essence, and meets privacy laws. Currently, we are unable to make progress.

We also seek an Honorary Secretary, as Cigdem Balin and Charlotte Lanigan have asked to step down from this position.

I want to thank them for helping transition the role back into the membership and for their support over the last twelve months; they will continue to be active and influential in the Lit & Phil.

The position of Honorary Secretary is critical in any organisation; part of its role at Manchester Lit & Phil is to ensure we comply with all the Charity Commission requirements, run the statutory meetings and manage all motions presented to the AGM.

However, as we are looking to refresh the Articles of Association, the incumbent will have to lead a large piece of work and be a member of the Operating Committee, helping to define and implement the strategic priorities.

If you are interested in support the Lit & Phil on either a project or ongoing role please email

In closing, please share our program with your friends and family, bring them as guests, or treat them to an annual membership. It’s the ideal gift for someone who has everything.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the following events. Please stop me and say hello. I’d love to hear about your experiences with Manchester Lit & Phil and your ideas on how we can improve.


Peter Wright 


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