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Girl and Not Girl is a voluntary organisation based in Manchester, UK that runs semi-regular events for people who want to meet others who work or have an interest in tech, science, maths and general geekery. Find out more about our upcoming events below!

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GA!G4: Cr-after Work

Tuesday 27th February 2024, 5-7pm, Costa, Piccadilly Gardens (next to Primark)

It's another one of our legendary crafternoon events - but this one's for after work (hence cr-after work). Are you working on a craft project? Been meaning to start one? Whether it's made of fabric, paper, yarn or ones and zeroes (or something else!), bring it along to our big table in Costa and sit with like minded crafty folk for a post-work chillout session of chat, craft, and cake! We'll bring some papercraft, knitting and cross stitch materials you can borrow if you want to learn without buying any equipment.

Tickets are £2.50 and include one hot/soft drink of your choice (further drinks and cake available to buy).

Future Events


Photo of a woman with long hair and glasses, working at a laptop on a table next to a cup of tea. On the screen of the laptop is the software package Inkscape, in which the image itself is being created. The logos of Girl and Not Girl and Inkscape are overlaid in the corners.

MakeStuff: Intro to Inkscape Workshop

Saturday 23rd March 2024, 1-3.30pm, Stockport Museum

Looking to learn more about making graphics, or want to produce designs for use with a cutting machine such as a Cricut? Come to this entry level workshop on Inkscape Inkscape is a free piece of software for creating vector graphics, and can be used to create illustrations and documents, as well as files for use with laser cutters and home cutting machines like Cricut. Join us for a workshop introducing you to the basics of creating your own vector graphics and all the many tools within Inkscape, with plenty of opportunities to create your own designs, as well as some pointers for producing files for cutting.

  • Learn how to make vector graphics
  • Get to grips with Inkscape, a free alternative to programs like Adobe Illustrator
  • Create your own designs for producing items with laser cutter or home cutting machine, like Cricut

This workshop is for anyone looking to work on designing graphics or wanting to get to grips with a vector design program. Ages 18+ only. Each attendee will need to bring a laptop with Inkscape installed from inkscape.org.

Tickets are £3 and light refreshments will be provided.


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GA!G5: Crafternoon

Sunday 21st April 2024, 2-4pm, Open Kitchen (People's History Museum)

It's another one of our legendary crafternoon events! Do you struggle to make time for your craft projects? Or been meaning to start a new one? Whether it's made of pixels, paint, paper or... purple yarn, bring it along and sit with like minded crafty folk for a gentle session of chat, craft, and cake! We'll bring some papercraft, knitting and cross stitch materials you can borrow if you want to learn without buying any equipment.

Tickets are £2.50 and include one hot/soft drink of your choice (further drinks and cake available to buy).

About G∧!G


GirlandnotGirl (formerly Manchester Girl Geeks) is a group of people based in Manchester who work or are interested in science and tech, and who organise events to meet up, participate in workshops and watch talks, enjoy science and technology and network. We have a focus on empowering women and non-binary people in tech, and while our events are open to everyone, they're organised by a group of non-binary and female volunteers.

Previously, Manchester Girl Geeks was under the umbrella of Girl Geek Dinners, organising networking events for women in tech and creating a space to meet others and share ideas. Our chapter specifically started a tradition of running other kinds of events - hands-on workshops, events for families, and our famous 'Girl Geek Tea Party' events, including everything from building PCs to making QR codes and pixel art from beads, as well as our 'Show & Tell' and 'Crafternoon' staples.

We'd love to continue this ethos under our new brand, which has been chosen to be inclusive of everyone who wants to join in - whether you're a girl or not a girl (whatever that might mean to you), you're welcome at our events. The feeling of needing to somehow simultaneously be a girl and not a girl might be familiar to female participants in the tech sector, and we'd love to provide a space where people can navigate this and other aspects of identity, tech, science and belonging.


Photo from a past MGG event
Photo from a past MGG event
Photo from a past MGG event
Photo from a past MGG event

Get Involved!


We’re always looking for volunteers to run workshops, give exciting talks, give us a hand at events, update our website, or just help us promoting G∧!G activities – please do get in touch! We’re friendly and more than happy to welcome new members and ideas.

Our mailing list, which goes out around once a month, includes details of our upcoming events and other things around Manchester you might be interested in.

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Code of Conduct


We have a code of conduct that applies to all of our events. The full version can be found by clicking here.

The short version is: We want to be inclusive; do not engage in behaviour that is homophobic, racist, transphobic, ableist, sexist - against persons of any gender - or otherwise exclusionary, or make exclusionary jokes - not even "ironically".

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event and will not be welcome back to our events in future. If you are subject to, or observe any harassment, or have any other concerns - please speak to a member of the GirlandNotGirl team, who will be wearing branded teeshirts and/or will be introduced at the start of the event, or email us afterwards at hello@girlandnotgirlmcr.co.uk. Reports will be dealt with discreetly and in confidence. We want everyone to have a great time, and treat each other with respect.