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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • 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 […]

  • Spotlight On: Bluemoose Books

    April 21, 2020

    When and why did you start Bluemoose Books? We started Bluemoose Books in 2006 to find great new writers and stories, especially from the North and from working class backgrounds. Publishing at that time seemed to be dominated by celebrity publishing and we knew that readers were looking for stories that reflected their lives and experiences. Our authors […]

  • Spotlight On: Comma Press

    April 7, 2020

    Why did you start Comma Press? To mess with the ways artists and cultural products, like books, rise into public consciousness. Too often artists ‘break through’ because aspects of the their personality, self-cultivated image or backstory fit with existing narratives about ‘the artist’; consequently, the art world tends to privilege the already privileged. To re-level […]

  • Review: Sandi Toksvig in Conversation

    November 19, 2019

    Our Young Digital Reporter, Elizabeth Gibson, finds Sandi Toksvig courageous and inspiring. Sandi Toksvig has long been a role model to me; a reliable presence, funny and very kind. I was lucky enough to meet her a few years ago when she gave me a hug and chatted to me about my dreams of being a writer, […]

  • Review: Jackie Kay Presents

    October 29, 2019

    Young Digital Reporter Elizabeth Gibson is inspired by Jackie Kay’s International Literature Showcase choices. Whenever I see Jackie Kay live, she is a lovely, calm presence, with whom it is impossible not to feel immediately close and at ease. As part of the International Literature Showcase, she has selected ten Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers working […]

  • Review: Resist: Stories of Uprising

    October 29, 2019

    Young Digital Reporter Eddie Toomer-McAlpine discovers ‘stories to make sense of the chaos’ at Resist: Stories of Uprising. ‘In the age of fake news and post-truth politics, Resist: Stories of Uprising chooses to fight fiction with (well researched, historically accurate) fiction.’ – Ra Page Days after publication, Manchester Literature Festival hosted the launch of Resist: Stories of […]

  • Review: Lemn Sissay & Henry Normal

    October 29, 2019

    Our Young Digital Reporter Laura Swain encounters much laughter and inspiration at Lemn Sissay & Henry Normal. It’s 25 years since the acclaimed writer, producer and poet Henry Normal founded the Manchester Poetry Festival and was joined on stage by a young Lemn Sissay. On 16 October, Henry and Lemn reunited at The Dancehouse for a sold-out […]

  • Review: Deborah Levy

    October 29, 2019

    Our Young Digital Reporter Maygen Senior discovers a flow of ideas at Deborah Levy. Deborah claimed her latest novel was an “easy birth… relatively”. The idea for her book, where Saul Adler, her protagonist, experiences life in 1988 and 2016, developed from watching tourists cross Abbey Road, being playful and re-enacting a part of history, […]