Spoken word night New Matter comes to Gullivers in the Northern Quarter this Wednesday. It’s just one of our picks of free things to do in Manchester this week.

Print a Palimpsest at Manchester Museum | Tue 10 Dec | 11.15am - 11.30am

The Manchester Museum hosts another of their fascinating print demonstrations on Tuesday morning – breaking out their vintage Georgian printing press. This demonstration will show you how a palimpsest is made: A palimpsest is a page of writing that has been washed or treated to remove the text so it can be reused – a popular process prior to the 20th century, when new paper was difficult and expensive to manufacture. This demonstration will take you through the process of removing and reprinting on an old text, and also offer some insight into what we can learn from these reused documents.

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Daniel Dresner at University of Manchester (pictured) | Wed 11 Dec | 5pm - 6.30pm

Cybersecurity expert Dr. Daniel Dresner comes to Manchester University’s Kilburn building this Wednesday evening for a free public lecture discussing contemporary, multidisciplinary approaches to online safety. Dresner brings to bear over 25 years of experience in the industry, and this talk will cover not just the technologies involved in modern cybersecurity, but all the different sorts of people that make it happen.

Kilburn Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
New Matter #5 at Gullivers | Wed 11 Dec | 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Live spoken word and poetry collective No Matter host their latest night at Gullivers on Wednesday evening. New Matter presents brand new writing from three writers: Researcher and performance artist Jade Montserrat, Faber poetry podcast host Rachael Allen and Glasgow-based poet Daisy LaFarge.

Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW
The Birthmarks and Bunny Hoova at Holden Gallery | Thu 12 Dec | 7.30pm - 9pm

On Thursday evening, you can catch this free live gig at MMU’s Holden Gallery, as part of the gallery’s Art School Live programme of events. Headlining the show is Manchester-based DIY surf rock band The Birthmarks, and they are supported on the night by experimental garage rockers Bunny Hoova. This event currently listed as Sold Out online, but it’s always worth checking for return on the day, and in any case the whole show will be livestreamed so you don’t even have to leave the house for this one!

The Holden Gallery, Grosvenor Building, Cavendish Street, M15 6BR
Mon 9 Dec - Fri 13 Dec
Jon Whiteley
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Sun 8 Dec 2019