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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Q&A: Raymond Antrobus

    August 22, 2017

    Poet Raymond Antrobus starts off our series of interviews with writers appearing in this year’s Festival. He is a British-Jamiacan poet, performer and educator who has published the chapbooks Shapes & Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus (Burning Eye Books) and To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press) and co-curates the London spoken word poetry show Chill Pill. He […]

  • Review: The Good Immigrant

    November 11, 2016

    Our blogger Yezuan Calvis gives us one good immigrant’s perspective on an evening with the writers of the celebrated new anthology The Good Immigrant ‘Illegal’, ‘languages’, ‘exile’, ‘unmentionable’. Those are the first words that came to people’s minds when I asked them about the word ‘immigrant’ as a part of my research for this blog […]

  • 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: Laura Dockrill

    September 28, 2015

    Laura Dockrill is the author of the Darcy Burdock series, as well as Mistakes in the Underground and Ugly Shy Girl. Her new book for Young Adult readers is mermaid coming of-age tale Lorali. She’s a prolific writer, performer and artist whose work takes in a wide variety of artforms and audiences. Michael Rosen said […]

  • Review: Gaskell’s Manchester Walking Tour

    October 20, 2014

    Festival blogger Abi Hynes takes to the city streets for a crash course in Mrs. Gaskell’s Manchester… Confession time: I have never been on a walking tour before. I am an Elizabeth Gaskell fan, but usually more of the – you know – sitting down kind. So you’ll have to forgive a few obvious observations […]

  • Review: Faber New Poets

    October 16, 2014

    MLF Blogger Charlotte Rowland braved the Manchester rain to see four of the Faber New Poets read at Central Library… Four poets, four colour-coded books, and only one rainy October night to learn what they all have in common. Or don’t. That’s right. Faber New Poets have come around, again, for the third time, following […]

  • Review: Sarah Waters

    October 15, 2014

    Festival blogger Desmond Bullen enjoys an afternoon in the company of Sarah Waters… Most obviously in the distillation of the Victorian Gothic with which she made her name, Sarah Waters’ stories are suffused with anticipation; the vertigo of dread and hope before a kiss or betrayal makes the world anew. The anticipation in the Royal […]

  • Oh look, it’s our shiny new blog

    July 15, 2014

    Hello! Welcome to our excellent new Manchester Literature Festival blog, lovingly crafted for us by the clever folk at Oh Digital. We should probably export our old blog posts over here at some point, but to be honest that all sounds unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming. So let’s do it this way: our blogging for the […]