The Portico Library

The Portico is one of my favourite libraries. It’s tucked away in the heart of Manchester’s city centre – blink and you’ll definitely miss it. It’s one of few surviving independent libraries and the team work really hard to keep it going, and to engage with local writers, both new and old. When I started setting up CAKE.shortandsweet I knew that Portico would be the ideal host, and was delighted by how enthusiastic and accommodating I found them.

Most of the library is accessible only to members, but I was lucky enough to be shown around the first time I visited. I have plans of using the library as the setting for part of a graphic novel I desperately want to write … one of these days!

You can find out more about the Portico Library on their website.

All images © Sarah Grace Logan 2012


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. Reblogged this on CAKE.shortandsweet and commented:

    Some beautiful photos of one of our lovely host venues, The Portico Library … check it out!

  2. I love libraries! In fact, I’ve resolved way back as a teen to have a library installed in my future house. Maybe in the basement where it is cool and ideal for the books including some additional features for the preservation of the books of course. Then I’ll collect books. 🙂

    • That sounds lovely. Just make sure your basement is dry and watertight! You wouldn’t want your collection going mouldy.

      I already own far too many books, one of these days I should have a go at cataloguing them and see what proportion I’ve actually read – I would guess only 1/3 to 1/2 of them!

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