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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: An Evening with Zadie Smith

    December 9, 2016

    Our Young Digital Reporter Laura Cooper reports from a wonderful evening of literature and conversation with Zadie Smith Having already appeared at events in Cambridge and London, Zadie Smith paid a visit to Manchester Central Library on 24th November for a conversation with Katie Popperwell to bookend the 2016 Manchester Literature Festival. She was here to […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Susan Calman

    November 8, 2016

    ‘I kind of forgot that anyone would actually read it’: Young Digital Reporter Bryony Makin reports on our recent event with author and comedian Susan Calman. ‘If I become upset,’ Susan Calman warned the audience before her conversation with host Viv Groskop, ‘I’m fine. You don’t need to feel bad’. Which put a finger on […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Comic Art Masterclass with Kev F Sutherland

    November 7, 2016

    ‘Most characters are just a bunch of simple lines and shapes. Don’t be afraid of keeping it simple.’: Young Digital Reporter Abbie Phillips has a go at creating her own superhero at the Festival. On Saturday 21 October, sixteen budding artists assembled at Manchester Central Library for a masterclass in comic book art. The class was taught […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Reader, I Married Him

    November 2, 2016

    MLF’s Young Digital Reporter Bryony Makin reports from Central Library, where enjoyed a night with Tracy Chevalier and Nadifa Mohamed. Reader, I arrived late. Very late in fact. After being stuck in a gridlock below Deansgate I trudged through the downpour to arrive halfway through the event. In a convenient coincidence worthy of the novel itself […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Eimear McBride

    November 1, 2016

    “Write about the truth of what it is like to be human”: Our Young Digital Reporter Laura Cooper reports on our recent in-conversation event with Eimear McBride. Eimar McBride is a novelist whose reviews are dogged by comparisons to James Joyce. Hardly a bad comparison for a writer early in their career, but it does limit […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Hollie McNish & Salena Godden

    October 31, 2016

    MLF’s Young Digital Reporter Jess Molyneux reports from Gorilla, where two stars of the UK performance poetry scene, Hollie McNish and Salena Godden, lit up the stage. After a promising introduction from MLF’s Kate Feld, Hollie McNish took to the stage and immediately endeared herself to the audience by noting that she had matched her t-shirt to […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: The Good Immigrant

    October 31, 2016

    Our blogger Melissa Brakel reports from Gorilla, where Himesh Patel, Miss L, Inua Ellams and Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant, performed some of their powerful and funny essays from the book. ‘Is this for The Good Immigrant?’ I’m dubious, standing in a queue beneath the railway arches. It feels as though I’m going […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Gothic Literature Walking Tour

    October 26, 2016

    “That’s what gothic is all about – turning the world upside down.”: MLF’s Young Digital Reporter Abbie Phillips discovered ‘the hidden underbelly of Manchester’s city streets’. This time of the year is the perfect time to read and celebrate gothic literature. Not only because the nights roll in sooner, but because the transition between summer and winter […]

  • 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 […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Gillian Slovo

    October 17, 2016

    ‘No matter what you said yesterday, tomorrow will be different’: MLF’s Young Digital Reporter Mary Lou Fletcher reports on our recent in-conversation event with Gillian Slovo and Rachel Cooke. Rachel Cooke’s conversation with Gillian Slovo, which discussed her latest book, Ten Days, was much like the author’s work: witty and thought-provoking with a dash of humour. […]