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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • ‘We are more than our trauma.’ Jesmyn Ward in Conversation

    May 1, 2018

      It’s been quite a week for Mississippi author Jesmyn Ward. When she arrives in Manchester for her MLF event, she’s already made several appearances in London, Bristol and Paris. Her latest novel Sing, Unburied, Sing has also made the shortlist for The Women’s Prize for Fiction. Host Anita Sethi introduces Jesmyn by detailing some […]

  • ‘Between bestiality and boredom’: Brett Anderson In Conversation

    March 30, 2018

      The Dancehouse is packed with over 400 fans. We’re here to see Brett Anderson, lead singer of Suede, talk about his memoir Coal Black Mornings. He’s interviewed by Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, who’s also a huge fan of the band and Brett. Adelle begins by asking him about […]

  • Review: ‘I was called to this work.’ Patrisse Khan-Cullors

    March 22, 2018

      Manchester Central Library is packed on a cold, March evening with one of the most varied audiences I’ve been part of at a literary event. We’re here to listen to Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and co-author of the book When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. She’s […]

  • Review: The Things I Would Tell You

    November 16, 2017

    Maryam Hessavi reviews our event with writers from the anthology performing their work Hosted by award-winning Sabrina Mahfouz, The Things I Would Tell You event offered insights, experiences and performance from Asma Elbadawi, Nafeesa Hamid and Hibaq Osman, who form part of the twenty-two strong compilation of writers self-identified as ‘British Muslim women’. Sabrina, who shares this […]

  • Review: Refugee Tales II

    November 16, 2017

    Usma Malik enjoys an event with writers  reading stories from the Refuge Tales II anthology. This is not an actual title of one of the short story collections that make up Comma Press’s Refugee Tales. It’s how I’ve synthesised the message of the stories. In fact, even the phrase ‘short story collection,’ may be slightly misleading. […]

  • Review: Elif Shafak and Nadeem Aslam

    November 16, 2017

    Maryam Hessavi is inspired by our event with novelists Elif Shafak and Nadeem Aslam “Where to begin” – was the place at which Erica Wagner initiated the event, setting up the primary concerns and philosophical line of conversation that would formulate an intellectually invigorating and moving discussion between these two powerful writers, Elif Shafak and […]

  • Review: Zaffar Kunial

    November 16, 2017

    Chad Campbell reports from our event with poet Zaffar Kunial, reading new work commissioned in response to the art of Raqib Shaw Poet Zaffar Kunial and painter Raqib Shaw share some common ground. Both have roots in Kashmir (Kunial through his father; Shaw by birth) and England (Kunial by birth; Shaw by virtue of having […]

  • Review: Imtiaz Dharker

    November 16, 2017

    Namra Amir is impressed by a performance of MLF-commissioned work from poet Imtiaz Dharker at Manchester Art Gallery As the Manchester Literature Festival nears the end, I thought I couldn’t be further impressed or surprised by the events. Little did I know that Imtiaz Dharker’s collaboration with Manchester Art Gallery would stun me and revolutionise the […]

  • Review: Shami Chakrabarti

    November 16, 2017

    Aoife Inman, MLF Digital Reporter, enjoys an inspiring event with Shami Chakrabarti   The theatre is brimming. Such a packed venue is undoubtedly a product of recent events on the global political stage. The shock of the past year has engendered a surge in activism, especially amongst young people. Examining the audience, it is a […]

  • Review: The Real Story presents Know Your Place

    November 10, 2017

    David Hartley reviews an evening of live essays on the working class experience presented by The Real Story and Dead Ink Books The title of this event, and the book it launches, makes a clear demand of us: not to reflect on our place, not to consider it, but to know it. Taken literally, we […]