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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Review: Susan Barker

    October 14, 2016

    Festival blogger Melissa Brakel headed to International Anthony Burgess Foundation to learn how novelist Susan Barker researched and wrote her award-winning historical novel The Incarnations. Day 2 of the Manchester Literature Festival and we find ourselves tucked away off Oxford Road on the edge of Chorlton Mill, in the Engine House of the Anthony Burgess Foundation. […]

  • Q&A: Andrew Michael Hurley

    October 3, 2016

    Andrew Michael Hurley‘s debut novel The Loney won the 2015 Costa First Novel Award and was named Book of the Year at the 2016 British Book Awards. The author has said that his novel set in the Morecambe Bay edgelands was his attempt ‘to write a kind of dark version of the Nativity, exploring ideas […]

  • Q&A: Garth Greenwell

    September 23, 2016

    Garth Greenwell‘s debut novel What Belongs to You has created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, and was recently shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and longlisted for a National Book Award. A beautifully written book about desire and its consequences, it tracks the complicated relationship between an American teacher […]

  • Q&A: Megan Bradbury

    September 1, 2016

    Megan Bradbury‘s novel Everyone Is Watching is something of a hybrid: it employs fiction to tell the stories of famous real people, and the story of New York. The writer’s attention latches on to key figures in the city’s creative history – writer Edmund White, poet Walt Whitman, city planner Robert Moses and photographer Robert […]

  • Review: Irvine Welsh

    April 12, 2016

    So what has one of contemporary literature’s most violent psychopaths been up to lately? Festival blogger Fran Slater headed to The Dancehouse to find out, as Irvine Welsh discussed new novel The Blade Artist (and its protagonist, Trainspotting’s notorious Francis Begbie) with Kevin Sampson. Entering The Dancehouse on this wet Sunday evening was a strange experience. We were here […]

  • Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference

    November 24, 2015

    Adrian Slatcher enjoys a day of informative and entertaining talk on the craft of writing at the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference In its third year at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference continues to attract a good crowd of writers with different levels of experience and background. With a mix […]

  • Review: Rising Stars Day

    November 17, 2015

    Three literature events in a day?  Our blogger Benjamin Judge takes on the challenge of blogging our Rising Stars Day, but discovers he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Hey, Manchester Literature Festival. Shall we? Shall we count the ways? Yes, let’s. Three events, one day, six writers, one host, one blogger… […]