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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: Jean Sprackland

    November 8, 2016

    Our blogger Rebecca Hurst reports from Hope Mill Theatre, where Jean Sprackland, winner of the Costa Poetry Award, presented a new sequence of poems, Lock Songs, inspired by a boating weekend along the Peak Forest Canal.  On Sunday 23 October I made my way through crowds of Manchester City supporters to Hope Mill Theatre in […]

  • Review: The Real Story with Horatio Clare

    November 7, 2016

    ‘True stories, well told.’ Festival blogger Melissa Brakel headed to International Anthony Burgess Foundation to hear memoirist and travel writer Horatio Clare and the essayists of The Real Story. ‘These stories could just as easily be fiction as non-fiction.’ So says the person in the row behind me. Having the quality of fiction is in […]

  • Review: Writing the North

    November 7, 2016

    Our blogger Desmond Bullen reports from International Anthony Burgess Foundation, where Jenn Ashworth and Andrew Michael Hurley were in conversation about their haunting Northwest novels that follow families in search of a miracle.  Gathered beneath cheerless, leaden skies, in a building – full to overflowing – that thrums with its own ghosts, both industrial and illustrious, […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Comic Art Masterclass with Kev F Sutherland

    November 7, 2016

    ‘Most characters are just a bunch of simple lines and shapes. Don’t be afraid of keeping it simple.’: Young Digital Reporter Abbie Phillips has a go at creating her own superhero at the Festival. On Saturday 21 October, sixteen budding artists assembled at Manchester Central Library for a masterclass in comic book art. The class was taught […]

  • Review: Susan Calman

    November 2, 2016

    Festival blogger Sarah Jasmon headed to The Dancehouse where comedian and author Susan Calman explained that ‘depression isn’t the end of everything.’ ‘I’m not a medical doctor,’ Susan Calman says, ‘but I’ve watched Casualty, I can do a tracheotomy with a biro.’ I turn to the woman next to me. ‘I can do a tracheotomy with a […]

  • Review: Deborah Levy

    November 2, 2016

    ‘Sometimes we want to un-belong as much as we want to belong’. Our blogger Sarah-Clare Conlon reports from the Manchester Art Gallery where Deborah Levy read and discussed her MLF commission in response to the Fashion & Freedom exhibition. It’s not easy to navigate a path through the downstairs gallery where the Fashion & Freedom exhibition is […]

  • Review: Refugee Tales: Marina Lewycka & Dragan Todorovic

    November 2, 2016

    “We don’t always hear about refugees as individuals – with families, with hopes, with tales of trauma”. Our blogger Katherine Reed headed to Anthony Burgess Foundation to discover two of the Refugee Tales. “These stories change you,” said the writer Dragan Todorovic.  As part of the Refugee Tales project he had met a Syrian refugee, […]

  • Review: Margaret Drabble

    November 2, 2016

    ‘Everyone survives old age differently.” Our blogger Rebecca Audra Smith is delighted by Margaret Drabble’s writing and empathetic spirit.  You must read Margaret Drabble. So concluded my Granma in response to my whine of ‘I’ve run out of books to read.’ A week later I’ve finished The Millstone and am telling everyone: you must read Margaret Drabble. […]

  • Young Digital Reporter Review: Reader, I Married Him

    November 2, 2016

    MLF’s Young Digital Reporter Bryony Makin reports from Central Library, where enjoyed a night with Tracy Chevalier and Nadifa Mohamed. Reader, I arrived late. Very late in fact. After being stuck in a gridlock below Deansgate I trudged through the downpour to arrive halfway through the event. In a convenient coincidence worthy of the novel itself […]

  • Review: Writing Karachi: Mohammed Hanif & Kamila Shamsie

    November 1, 2016

    “It is a place to get lost in, because nobody knows who you are.” Our blogger Amy McCauley heads to Whitworth Art Gallery to discover the complexities of Karachi, in the company of two authors who have called it home. The Whitworth Gallery offers a warm welcome to two novelists – Kamila Shamsie and Mohammed […]