BSLS 2022 Annual Conference

Conference Information and Programme

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The full programme for the conference has now been published and is available here. You can also download the abstracts.

Prior to the AGM, members can read key documents on this page (you'll need to be logged in).

Conference Locations

            Friends Meeting House – main conference hub

            International Antony Burgess Centre – pay bar event on first evening

            Manchester Central Library – plenary and reception on second evening

            Yang Sing – Banquet location on second evening

Contacts and Social Media

General enquiries:

Conference organiser: Jerome de Groot (

BSLS membership officer: Emily Alder (

Twitter: @TheBSLS

If you’re posting please also use: #BSLS2022

Staying in Manchester

A good place to start is here:

Manchester Piccadilly train station is central to the city and about 15 minutes’ walk from the conference venue. The airport is about 40 minutes from the city centre by cab – it’s probably better to get one of the very frequent trains to the city centre that are much cheaper and take about 25 minutes.

Manchester is a very walkable city but there are also plentiful buses and a good tram network. Information on public transport is here:

Accommodation options

Visit Manchester has a good list of hotels:

There are a lot of hotels in central Manchester. There are lots of Airbnb listings, too, but you should ensure you’re in the centre (sometimes their sites turn out to be way out in Greater Manchester).

The following is just a selection of hotels close to the venue:

  • Midland, 16 Peter St – right fancy, with a spa, on the site of Peterloo
  • Jury’s Inn, 56 Great Bridgewater St – high-mid price
  • Hotel Novotel, 21 Dickinson St – good cheap hotel
  • Premier Inn, 7-11 Mosley St – good cheap hotel
  • Hotel Ibis Styles, 3-5 Portland St, and Hotel Ibis, 96 Portland St – both basic but decent enough
  • Whitworth Locke, 74 Prince’s St – nice, serviced apartments
  • Hatter’s Hostel, 50 Newton St – excellent hostel in the middle of the action

Eating and drinking in Manchester

These low-mid budget restaurants are all 5-10 minute walk from the conference centre:

Pubs and bars: there are several around the venue but their quality is varied. These are some suggestions within a short walk, click on names for map links:

The Northern Quarter/ Ancoats area is your main place for bars: look for Stevenson Square, Cutting Room Square, or Thomas St. There are at least 2 good Karaoke bars in Chinatown. Canal Street is the centre of the gay village.

Things to do in Manchester

Creative Tourist is a great resource:

Manchester Wire has music, food, art listings:

The Science+Industry Museum has brilliant standing exhibition:

The Halle is the best orchestra in the UK:

Royal Exchange theatre,

HOME, see above, has theatre, cinema and art.