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Manchester’s busy bloggy September

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Manchester’s bloggers and tweeters are a busy bunch at the moment judging by the number of events dropping into my inbox. Here’s a quick summary of what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

* First up is a charity event this Friday to tempt us all away from the computer. The “Step into the night” 10-mile sponsored walk is being organised by UNICEF and Barclays, who do some joint work over there to help get kids back into schools, after more than 600 primary schools were destroyed and 3,000 teachers were killed or forced to flee during the genocide. Organisers say that if 2,000 people walk in Manchester, each raising one penny for every step taken, their contribution could help construct four new schools. The walk kicks off at 7pm on Friday, September 4th beginning and ending in Castlefield and encompassing Old Trafford, Manchester Cathedral, Granada Studios and Salford Quays. Sign up at and follow on twitter @unicef_uk or by searching for #walk4rwanda.

* The monthly Social Media Cafe Manchester shindigs return after the summer break next Tuesday. Names requird in advance at the wiki for the security at hosts for the night, the BBC Club. I’ll see you there and, be warned, I’m looking for volunteers willing to put their face on camera and give me their thoughts on #smc_mcr’s first year.

* Another charity event on Thursday, Sept 10 with Manchester’s second Twestival. Tickets are now on sale with proceeds this year going to St Ann’s Hospice. MancTwester 2009 – the Twestival local for Manchester is at House9Bar, Century Street, Manchester from 6.30pm – 10.00pm.

* And another welcome return – Manchester Bloggers Meet up a week later on Thursday, September 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Cord Bar Street: Dorsey St (alley off Tib Street), Northern Quarter City. Email: themanchizzle AT Kate Feld says: “All are welcome… bloggers, friends of bloggers, blog readers, whatever; come on down to the basement at Cord.

“The folks from Creative Tourist, the web magazine of the Manchester Museums Consortium, will be buying everyone a drink or two and giving us a brief rundown of their goings-on. But it’ll mostly be the same informal structure as past events.”

* Lastly, as I’m sure you’ll have heard by now the nominations for this year’s Manchester Blog Awards are open, until September 18 and they’ve already received more than 120 replies. Just goes to show what a bustling blogging scene there continues tio be in the city. Nominate your favourite, your own or your mate’s at the website at in the following categories: Best Writing, Best Arts and Culture Blog, Best City or Neighbourhood Blog, Best New Blog and Best Personal Blog. Now in its fourth year, the annual awards recognise the best of Manchester’s online writing. Eligible blogs submitted by the close of nominations on September 18. Once nominations close, a judging panel will select the winners, which will be announced at the Manchester Blog Awards event on the evening of Wednesday, October 21 at Band on the Wall on Swan Street. Organisers say: “We think this iconic Manchester venue is the ideal place to celebrate some of the city’s most talented independent voices. “  For the latest updates on the Manchester Blog Awards, subscribe at the website, or follow on Twitter at @mcrblogawards.

Written by sarahhartley

September 2nd, 2009 at 7:37 pm

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  1. Goodness me, is it that time of year again?

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