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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • MLF & Friends at Home – Reece on Poetry by Black Writers

    August 12, 2020

    Reece Williams is a Poet, Performer, Mentor and Community Engagement Manager at Manchester UNESCO City of Literature. He has chosen a selection of poetry collections written by Black writers. Crafting the Practice, Diké Omeje (Crocus Books) Never in my time as a reader (or writer for that matter) have I come across a collection of poetry that so […]

  • MLF & Friends at Home: Jo on Poetry by LGBTQ+ Writers

    June 29, 2020

    Celebrating #PrideMonth, Jo Flynn – Poet, tutor for Write Like A Grrrl, Partnership and Communications Manager at For Books’ Sake and UNESCO Manchester City of Literature, has chosen some of her top poetry picks from LGBTQ+ writers for these trying times (she could never choose top-ever!). Rosie Garland – Things I Did While I Was […]

  • MLF & Friends At Home: Ivan on books related to Manchester

    June 9, 2020

    Ivan Wadeson is Executive Director at Manchester UNESCO City of Literature and has chosen a selection of books related to Manchester. In the entrance to the public library in the basement of Central Library, there are some new shelves. Freshly branded in February they were due to be stocked in March with ‘local writers, local […]

  • MLF at Home: Mel on Non-Fiction

    May 19, 2020

    Next in our MLF at Home series is our admin assistant Melanie McMinn’s non-fiction shelves. My non-fiction shelves are a ragbag of different interests and I like hopping about from one subject to another. Often a mention in one book leads me to a different author, ideas linking and circling back. The books on these […]

  • MLF at Home: Cathy on Poetry

    May 19, 2020

    Next in our MLF At Home series, Festival Co-Director Cathy Bolton shares some of her all-time favourite collections from her poetry shelves. Like classic albums, these collections are more than just random sets of lyrics thrown together – the poems speak to & enrich each other, but I’ve picked out some personal hits to give […]

  • MLF at Home: Miriam on picture books for young children

    April 27, 2020

    Next in our MLF At Home series is Miriam Wild, our Children and Young People’s Programme Producer, with some of her favourite picture books for young children. I have other shelves containing books for older readers but these are the shelves I use as reference all of the time. I’m really lucky to have an […]

  • MLF at Home: Sarah-Jane on Literature in Translation

    April 27, 2020

    Next in our MLF At Home series is Sarah-Jane Roberts, our Festival Co-Director, with some of her shelves of Literature In Translation. Two of the most exciting young writers to emerge from Argentina are Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enriquez. I love Schweblin’s novels Fever Dream and Little Eyes but it’s her stories I keep returning to. Her voice is […]

  • MLF at Home: Naomi on Short Stories

    April 27, 2020

    Because the whole Festival team is working from home, we thought we’d give you a glimpse of our personal bookshelves and the things we love to read. First up is Naomi Frisby, our Digital Media Coordinator, with her short story shelves. These are my (double stacked) short story shelves. They’re close to my desk so […]