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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 […]

  • Spotlight On: And Other Stories

    June 29, 2020

    Continuing our series of Q&As with publishers in the Northern Fiction Alliance, this week we interview Javerya Iqbal, Sales and Marketing Executive at And Other Stories. And Other Stories is an independent Sheffield-based publisher known for its prize-winning literary fiction. And Other Stories was born out of a desire to publish fresh, contemporary literature that was […]

  • 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 […]

  • Spotlight On: Tilted Axis Press

    June 9, 2020

    Continuing our series of Q&As with publishers in the Northern Fiction Alliance, this week we interview Theodora Danek, manager at Tilted Axis Press. Founded by Han Kang’s English language translator, Deborah Smith, Tilted Axis publishes artistically original and radical books in translation. When and why did you start Tilted Axis Press? Our creative director Deborah […]

  • 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 […]

  • Spotlight On: Dead Ink

    May 19, 2020

    Continuing our series of Q&As with publishers in the Northern Fiction Alliance, this week we interview Nathan Connolly, Publishing Director at Liverpool’s Dead Ink. The publisher behind the groundbreaking anthology Know Your Place: Essays by The Working Class for The Working Class, Dead Ink describe themselves as ‘a small, ambitious and experimental literary publisher’. When […]

  • 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 […]

  • Spotlight On: Peepal Tree Press

    May 6, 2020

    When and why did you start Peepal Tree Press? Peepal Tree began in 1985, to bring readers the very best of international writing from the Caribbean, its diasporas and the UK. Our goal is always to publish books that make a difference, and champion voices who may otherwise go unheard. Which book from your back catalogue should […]

  • 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 […]