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    Review: An Evening With Jackie Kay

    October 21, 2016

    “The business of being a writer and a reader is like a call and response – it’s like the blues. You throw something out and then stories come back to you.”: Our blogger Abi Hynes is thrilled by Jackie Kay’s writing.  I don’t know what I was expecting from my first in-real-life encounter with poet, author, […]

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    Review: Sungju Lee

    October 21, 2016

    Festival blogger Amy McCauley headed to Central Library to hear Sungju Lee read and discuss his memoir, co-written by author and journalist Susan Elizabeth McClellan, Every Falling Star. What do we imagine when we think of North Korea? Perhaps a chubby cartoon of Kim Jong-Un astride a nuclear missile; or a ‘Team America’ style caricature of Kim Jong-Il […]

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    Review: Lionel Shriver

    October 21, 2016

    Our blogger Eli Regan reports from Central Library, where Lionel Shriver, author of a dozen previous books including We Need to Talk About Kevin, discussed new novel The Mandibles with Sarfraz Manzoor. What happens when society and Western privilege collapse? Should we be sad at a future prospect of a mainly Spanish-speaking American president? Will art in […]

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    Review: Jonathan Safran Foer

    October 21, 2016

    ‘I have two identities, one as a writer who makes mistakes and one as an editor who goes in afterwards to tidy up and hunt out the typos.’: Our blogger Phil Olsen was illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer who read from his new novel Here I Am, and discussed his writing and life with Jeanette Winterson. Pausing […]

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    Review: Olivia Laing

    October 21, 2016

    ‘People have lived with shame and isolation, and have succeeded, and we need to be reminded of that’: Our blogger Natalie Kane reports on our recent in-conversation event with Olivia Laing. As Manchester is falling headfirst into autumn, into darker hours with emptier trees, a warm shuffle of coated people make their way into Anthony […]

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    Review: Gillian Slovo

    October 21, 2016

    Festival blogger Kate Woodward headed to International Anthony Burgess Foundation to learn about the author of 13 acclaimed books including the Orange-shortlisted Ice Road, Gillian Slovo, and her latest novel, Ten Days. I’m a wimp when it comes to grim news and prefer real events to be sanitised through the medium of fiction. I would never […]

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    Review: Afternoon Tea with Jenni Murray

    October 20, 2016

    “The role of a woman was to be a good wife and mother”: Our Young Digital Reporter Becky Roe enjoyed an inspiring introduction to author and Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray over Afternoon Tea. I admit that unlike the majority (and I suspect all) of the audience for Afternoon Tea with Jenni Murray I had […]

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    Review: Afternoon Tea with Jane Rogers

    October 20, 2016

    Festival blogger Sarah Butler headed to The Midland Hotel to hear Jane Rogers read and discuss the new short story, ‘Haunting’, commissioned as part of her residency at the hotel. What’s not to like? Listening to a new short story by writer Jane Rogers in the sumptuous setting of the Midland Hotel’s Wyvern Suite, followed by […]

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    Review: Rose Tremain

    October 17, 2016

    Our blogger Sarah Jasmon reports from Central Library, where the bestselling author of 14 novels and beloved storyteller Rose Tremain was in conversation with writer and critic Alex Clark.  “The difference between Rose Tremain and everyone else is that she sees a picture in a museum and builds a whole novel from it. We just […]


    Review: Margaret Atwood

    October 17, 2016

    “Revisiting the play as a modern novel was one of those things that sounded like a good idea at first, before you found out it was going to be harder than you thought.” Our blogger Emily Morris was delighted by Margaret Atwood’s novel, personality and rap. Margaret Atwood is many things: amazing author, brilliant poet and a total […]