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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: The Real Story with Horatio Clare

    November 7, 2016

    ‘True stories, well told.’ Festival blogger Melissa Brakel headed to International Anthony Burgess Foundation to hear memoirist and travel writer Horatio Clare and the essayists of The Real Story. ‘These stories could just as easily be fiction as non-fiction.’ So says the person in the row behind me. Having the quality of fiction is in […]

  • 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: Refugee Tales: Marina Lewycka & Dragan Todorovic

    November 2, 2016

    “We don’t always hear about refugees as individuals – with families, with hopes, with tales of trauma”. Our blogger Katherine Reed headed to Anthony Burgess Foundation to discover two of the Refugee Tales. “These stories change you,” said the writer Dragan Todorovic.  As part of the Refugee Tales project he had met a Syrian refugee, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]