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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

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    Q&A: Garth Greenwell

    September 23, 2016

    Garth Greenwell‘s debut novel What Belongs to You has created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, and was recently shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and longlisted for a National Book Award. A beautifully written book about desire and its consequences, it tracks the complicated relationship between an American teacher […]

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    Q&A: Sarah Howe

    September 19, 2016

    Poet Sarah Howe‘s pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopaedia, was published in 2009, and she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2010. Her first full-length collection, Loop of Jade, won the 2015 TS Eliot Prize: the first ever debut collection to be awarded one of British poetry’s most prestigious prizes. AS Byatt called it ‘one of […]

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    Review: Yuval Noah Harari

    September 19, 2016

    Is human equality a notion that is approaching its sell-by date? MLF blogger Holly Aszkenasy reports back from our recent event with Sapiens and Homo Deus author Yuval Noah Harari. In his best-selling Sapiens, historian Yuval Noah Harari took us on a grand tour of humankind, beginning with the violent overrun of planet Earth by […]

  • Q&A: Henry Normal

    September 15, 2016

    You might say Henry Normal is a poet with a very successful sideline in television. As a television writer and producer, he’s responsible for bringing us classics such as The Mrs. Merton Show, The Royle Family and The Mighty Boosh. His seventh collection, Staring Directly at the Eclipse, offers poems about death, human frailty and […]

  • Q&A: Megan Bradbury

    September 1, 2016

    Megan Bradbury‘s novel Everyone Is Watching is something of a hybrid: it employs fiction to tell the stories of famous real people, and the story of New York. The writer’s attention latches on to key figures in the city’s creative history – writer Edmund White, poet Walt Whitman, city planner Robert Moses and photographer Robert […]

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    Review: Irvine Welsh

    April 12, 2016

    So what has one of contemporary literature’s most violent psychopaths been up to lately? Festival blogger Fran Slater headed to The Dancehouse to find out, as Irvine Welsh discussed new novel The Blade Artist (and its protagonist, Trainspotting’s notorious Francis Begbie) with Kevin Sampson. Entering The Dancehouse on this wet Sunday evening was a strange experience. We were here […]

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    Review: Helen Macdonald and Jeanette Winterson

    March 29, 2016

    “It’s always about quality of attention”: MLF’s Kate Feld reports on our recent in-conversation event with Jeanette Winterson and Helen Macdonald, which featured compelling insights into Macdonald’s hit memoir as well as inspiring talk on the writer’s craft. A meeting of two such multi-faceted and curious minds as Jeanette Winterson and Helen Macdonald is a rare treat, and our event with the Centre […]

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    MLF visits Karachi Literature Festival

    March 10, 2016

    Last month MLF Co-Directors Cathy Bolton and Sarah-Jane Roberts attended Karachi Literature Festival. Here they report on their impressions of this lively and popular fixture on Pakistan’s cultural calendar. We recently visited the wonderful Karachi Literature Festival. Now in its 7th year, the festival was established with the support of the British Council with the […]

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    Review: Gloria Steinem

    March 7, 2016

      “Masculine and feminine prisons – we all have all the human qualities.” Young Digital Reporter Alex Stone is moved by our event with Gloria Steinem at Waterstones, following publication of new memoir My Life on the Road. A hush descends upon the audience as Gloria Steinem takes to the stage. There is nothing arrogant or […]

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    Review: Gaeia Manchester Sermon with Elif Shafak

    December 7, 2015

    Our blogger Jonti Dalal-Small reports from Manchester Cathedral, where Anglo-Turkish author, journalist and critic Elif Shafak delivered an unforgettable 2015 Gaeia Manchester Sermon “I don’t think writers should preach. I find it annoying.” So says Elif Shafak who, from behind a pulpit in Manchester Cathedral, has just delivered a sermon. Who is she? I am […]