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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Q&A: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

    September 20, 2017

    Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ was born in Lagos. Her debut novel, Stay With Me, was shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction. A warm, funny and engaging read, Stay With Me explores the complexities of marriage, motherhood, family and grief amid the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria. New York Times book critic Michiko […]

  • Q&A: Jon McGregor

    September 14, 2017

    Jon McGregor is the author of the lyrical, inventive and acclaimed novels If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (winner of the Betty Trask Prize and Somerset Maugham Award), So Many Ways to Begin, and Even the Dogs and the short story collection This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You. He […]

  • Q&A: Tara Bergin

    September 4, 2017

    Tara Bergin is a poet and scholar whose second collection, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, has just been shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Eleanor, a pioneering sociologist and translator of Madame Bovary (and daughter of Karl Marx) committed suicide, like Flaubert’s heroine Emma Bovary; Tara’s wry and daring poems explore […]

  • Q&A: Michael Symmons Roberts

    August 29, 2017

    Michael Symmons Roberts launches his seventh collection of poetry, Mancunia, at this year’s Manchester Literature Festival, where he – and others – will perform these new poems of the city. Michael’s six previous collections, including Drysalter and Corpus have been awarded the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. He has […]

  • Q&A: Kit de Waal

    August 23, 2017

    Kit de Waal is the author of the bestselling debut novel My Name is Leon, and a writer whose short fiction has received multiple awards. Before she became widely known as a writer, Kit worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law and served as a magistrate; My Name is Leon sensitively addresses the […]

  • 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: 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 […]

  • 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 […]