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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: Elif Shafak

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Probert Dean finds hope for humanity at Elif Shafak. When Elif Shafak finished her talk, I looked back on the event – an intimate gathering at Manchester Central Library – and reflected on her aesthetic turns of phrase, the lingering visions of her lively prose, and the sobering inevitability with […]

  • Review: Caroline Criado Perez: Invisible Women

    October 11, 2019

    Our Young Digital Reporter Camila Florencia Rusailh finds food for thought at Caroline Criado Perez: Invisible Women. Caroline Criado Perez rounded off Manchester Literature Festival’s opening weekend at the Central Library talking to Alex Clark about her latest book, Invisible Women, which exposes “data bias in a world designed for men”. Criado Perez took her […]

  • Review: Take 2: David Nicholls

    October 11, 2019

    Our Young Digital Reporter Helen Worrall finds a writer who can’t stop editing. Picture the scene: I’m lying on a sunbed, beverage in hand, crying. This is how I read the final 50 pages of David Nicholl’s One Day. And I wasn’t alone. I can hear two women in front of me here tonight at […]

  • Review: Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Abigail Parry & Serafina Vick

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Charlotte Wetton finds joy in poetry in translation. ‘A Little Body Are Many Parts / Un Cuerpecito Son Muchas Partes’ is one of those rare and lovely things: a poetry book with the original language and the English translation side by side. Poems from Legna Rodríguez Iglesias’ eight collections, written […]

  • Review: Isabel Galleymore & Stephen Sexton

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Kathryn Tann finds two distinct new voices in poetry. Introduced to Blackwells on a chilly October evening are poets Isabel Galleymore and Stephen Sexton, along with their shining debut collections. Both with previously published pamphlets, both lecturers in Creative Writing, yet both with a unique and distinctive voice; each takes […]

  • Review: Take 2: Jonathan Safran Foer

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Erin McNamara is inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s collective call to action. Jonathan Safran Foer has a plan to tackle climate change – but he wants you to come up with your own. In conversation with Erica Wagner, former literary editor of The Times, the writer discussed his latest book […]

  • Review: Jonathan Safran Foer

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Joss Areté Kelvin finds small changes can make a significant difference at Jonathan Safran Foer. Acclaimed novelist and non-fiction writer Jonathan Safran Foer is sharing his own vulnerabilities in an effort to get his audience to question our own. His new book, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Starts […]

  • Review: Jeanette Winterson: Frankissstein

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Georgia Hase finds Jeanette Winterson electrifying. On the evening of Saturday the 5th of October Jeanette Winterson gave a reading unlike any other. Interactive, dramatic, futuristic, her performance was electrifying. Winterson animated the audience with her insightful and humorous observations which are given life in Frankissstein’s  pages. Through sound effects […]

  • Review: Common People

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Charlotte Wetton discovers new voices at Common People. I went to the ‘Common People’ event because I crave new stories and new voices. Working-class experience in literature is a rich seam not yet tapped. If I were a publisher, I would be signing up some of these debut writers pronto. […]

  • Review: David Nicholls in Conversation

    October 11, 2019

    Centre for New Writing student Georgia Way finds a tenderness in David Nicholl’s approach to writing. The last time journalist Alex Clark interviewed writer David Nicholls in Manchester, it was, she says, a “mad experience” involving the police and broken microphones. David returned to Manchester on 4th October 2019 as part of his book tour […]