Songwriting as Storytelling with Luca Manning

May 25, 2022, 13.00 – 14.15

Online Interactive Session (Zoom),

Picture of Luca Manning by David Reiss

In this webinar, we will look at how songs play a role in bringing together communities, sharing stories and celebrating identities. We will connect with our relationship to creativity and more specifically to song, deepening our understanding of what draws us to the songs we love and how great songwriters managed to capture our hearts and imaginations with their lyrics.

Luca will also demystify the songwriting process with the aim of igniting the storyteller in all of us.

Attendees wiil:

  • explore their relationship to songs / songwriting, how language is used and can evoke imagery etc.
  • have a greater understanding of how songs and songwriting play a part in bringing together community / celebration / resilience.
  • connect with their own creative voice.
  • be encouraged to write something that could be developed as a potential starting point for a song.
  • gain a general understanding about the songwriting process.

To register: Zoom

‘Once in a very great while a performer comes along who is touched by greatness, who mixes a incredible, innate ability with insight, great wit and a knowledge of the great artists who have preceded them. Luca Manning is such an artist.’

Picture of Luca Manning by Iwona Pinkowicz

Luca Manning is an artist who questions rigidity.

Shaped initially by the buzzing Glasgow music and arts scene, Luca now finds their heart stolen by all that East London has to offer.

Luca is a resident artist at London’s iconic Roundhouse where they are continually expanding their practice allowing them to create transdisciplinary work that offers an immersive experience for the audience ; a chance to escape the rigidity of every day life. Luca’s world is an invitation to strive for what lies beyond the mundane and to exist freely, proudly and fully.

Luca’s most recent work : ’noises with friends e.p’, is perhaps their most honest and adventurous to date. It is a self proclaimed antithesis to the performative perfection that has us chasing our tales amongst the current rat race, fogging our creative process. ‘noises with friends’ sinks in to the messiness and spectrum of emotions intrinsic to our experience as we try to figure it all out. In their spare time Luca enjoys dancing to disco, turning lewks and dreaming of the day they’ll own a baby sausage dog called Aretha.


Thanks to the Scottish Book Trust for supporting this event as part of Book Week Scotland activities.


Photo credits:

Image 1 (Luca Manning in the suit) : David Reiss

Image 2 (Luca Manning with the flowers) : Iwona Pinkowicz

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