With less than one month to go before Manchester Pride begins on 20 August, the programme of women’s events is really starting to hot up.

The women’s events are as follows:

The Modern Lesbian, held at 52 Princess Street, Friday 20 August – Sunday 5 September 2010, 12pm – 6pm. This latest body of work from photographer Rachel Adams presents a new series of portraits and audio works that explore the stories of influential gay and bisexual women.

Living Library, held at The Pankhurst Centre, Friday 20 August 2010, 10am – 1pm. This event will be preceded by six workshops, where women will design book covers to be used in the library.

Self Defence for Women, held at YMCA Liverpool Road, Saturday 21 August 2010, 2-5pm. This workshop will cover several key areas of self defence including visual and physical awareness, being grabbed or lifted, and being taken down to the ground.

If These Walls Could Talk, held at The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF), Monday 23 August 2010, 6pm. The LGF are creating a postcard book, full of lesbian and bisexual women’s secrets.

Fanny the Nun, held at Vanilla Bar, Wednesday 25 August 2010, 8pm. This comedy play looks at the adventures of Fanny the Nun who escapes from her Irish convent and moves to Manchester with Sister Phil. It is here that they discover the gay village.

Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: “Here at Pride we always want to celebrate and empower women and I think the variety of events this year will do just that. Whether you’re looking to share your secrets, learn about others, build your confidence or have a laugh, I’m sure you’ll agree there is something for all of the ladies.”

This year’s Manchester Pride takes place from Friday 20– Monday 30 August 2010. For more information, please visit: www.manchesterpride.com. For up-to- date information, follow us on Twitter: @ManchesterPride

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