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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: An Evening with Alan Cumming

    December 8, 2016

    Our blogger Emily Morris reports back from a highly entertaining evening in the company of actor and writer Alan Cumming     Alan Cumming features regularly in my Saturday evenings, but it’s usually on the screen of my laptop as Eli Gold, a wily, often rude but somehow loveable political campaigner, in CBS series The […]

  • Review: An Evening with Vivienne Westwood

    December 8, 2016

    Blogger Sarah-Clare Conlon reviews our event with author, designer, activist and style icon Vivienne Westwood at this year’s Festival   “I had a duty to exploit my talent,” said Dame Vivienne Westwood at the end of this event promoting Get A Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood, answering a question about how she became a […]

  • Review: Johnny Marr

    November 16, 2016

    What happens when a Mancunian music god comes home to celebrate the launch of his life story? Our blogger Adam Farrer finds out. The Royal Northern College of Music became a church tonight; the audience, a congregation. While this building is no stranger to hosting revered musical figures, Johnny Marr, legendary guitarist and songwriter with The […]

  • 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 […]

  • Review: Susan Calman

    November 2, 2016

    Festival blogger Sarah Jasmon headed to The Dancehouse where comedian and author Susan Calman explained that ‘depression isn’t the end of everything.’ ‘I’m not a medical doctor,’ Susan Calman says, ‘but I’ve watched Casualty, I can do a tracheotomy with a biro.’ I turn to the woman next to me. ‘I can do a tracheotomy with a […]

  • 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 […]