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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: Angela Davis & Jackie Kay in Conversation

    November 13, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Owen Mul finds hope and solidarity at Angela Davis & Jackie Kay in Conversation. 50 years ago, Angela Davis was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List. Today, in stark contrast, she is sitting behind a computer, poised in front of a fittingly extensive book collection, reminding us of the exciting potentials […]

  • Review: Slay in Your Lane Presents Loud Black Girls

    November 13, 2020

    Young Digital Reviewer Elizabeth Gibson finds positivity and a desire for change at Slay in Your Lane Presents Loud Black Girls. Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené made waves when it was published in 2018, so I am excited to learn more about the newly-published Slay in […]

  • Review: Daisy Johnson & Sophie Mackintosh in conversation with Jeanette Winterson

    November 13, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Joe Hair discovers ideas about control and choice at Daisy Johnson & Sophie Mackintosh in conversation with Jeanette Winterson. Despite 2020 throwing about every hurdle it could, we arrived at our first #MLF20 book talk on 23 October. Daisy Johnson and Sophie Mackintosh were led by veteran author Jeannette Winterson for an […]

  • Review: Cabaret for Freedom, A Celebration of the Life and Work of Nina Simone

    November 13, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Marouso Menegou finds heartbreak, energy and power at Cabaret for Freedom, A Celebration of the Life and Work of Nina Simone. Cabaret for Freedom this year was a virtual event, but it didn’t lessen the intense and engaging nature of the performances which celebrated the legacy of Nina Simone. People in the […]

  • Review: Kae Tempest in conversation with Max Porter

    November 13, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Lydia Rostant finds connection and creative thinking at Kae Tempest in conversation with Max Porter. It would be negligent not to address the irony of joining an online video platform to hear the prophetic Kae Tempest talk about their new work On Connection. In what will be their first work of non-fiction […]

  • Review: Romalyn Ante, Will Harris & Nina Mingya Powles

    November 12, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Jamie King finds words that echo through the generations at Romalyn Ante, Will Harris & Nina Mingya Powles. As the rainclouds open over Manchester, legions of poetry lovers huddle over their computers waiting to hear the words of three people who pierce the veil of everyday drudgery, finding incredible stories behind it. […]

  • Review: Ali Smith in conversation with Kamila Shamsie

    November 12, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Grace Tomlinson discovers an interesting discussion across time at Ali Smith in conversation with Kamila Shamsie. This latest instalment, directed by Sarah Wood, in a series of what novelist Kamila Shamsie dubs ‘lockdown films’, combines audio of the conversation between Smith and Shamsie with long, peaceful visuals created by all three women. […]

  • Review: New Daughters of Africa

    November 12, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Alice Skelly finds inspiring discussions and readings at New Daughters of Africa. The digitalisation of this year’s festival by no means hinders its atmosphere, engagement and reception from audiences. Margaret Busby is joined in conversation by contributor Sarah Ladipo Manyika, alongside other writers from the UK, US, and Nigeria. The event is […]

  • Review: Tori Amos in conservation with Kate Feld

    November 12, 2020

    Young Digital Reporter Julia Strawinska finds an artist contemplating the nature of transformation at Tori Amos in conversation with Kate Feld. Tori Amos speaks from her recording studio in Cornwall. A grand piano and the classic Orange amplifier in the background illustrate her career as the ‘singer, songwriter, pianist and composer’ who defined the 1990s […]

  • Spotlight on: Wrecking Ball Press

    August 12, 2020

    For more than 20 years, Hull-based Wrecking Ball Press has published high quality, cutting edge literature. They’ve published a number of writers who’ve gone on to garner critical acclaim including Benjamin Meyers, Adelle Stripe, Shirley May, Isaiah Hull and Helen Mort. We talked to editor Shane Rhodes. When and why did you start Wrecking Ball Press? […]