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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: In Search of Mary Shelley

    October 14, 2018

    Ben Haynes spends a fascinating evening listening to Fiona Sampson talk about Mary Shelley. Fiona Sampson is perhaps the person most qualified to talk about the mother of Gothic Horror and Science Fiction, Mary Shelley. Both share quite the talent with writing, with Fiona having written biographies which have been translated into 30 different languages. […]

  • Review: An Afternoon with Lauren Child

    October 12, 2018

    Charlotte Stevenson is inspired by An Afternoon with Lauren Child. ‘The more you look at things, the more extraordinary they become. An image really can change the world’. These are the words that have reverberated with me the most from the Manchester Literature Festival afternoon with current Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child. To celebrate the recent […]

  • Review: Pat Barker in conversation

    October 12, 2018

    Aisha Sodawala enjoys Pat Barker discussing her latest novel The Silence of the Girls. Kamila Shamsie was in conversation with Pat Barker in this event where Pat talked about her enthralling retelling of Homer’s The Iliad from the perspective of Briseis. On Pat’s first reading of The Iliad she not only saw these mighty violent […]

  • ‘She could have been Donald Trump’s press officer.’ A Celebration of Muriel Spark, with Jackie Kay and Alan Taylor Review

    October 11, 2018

    Centre for New Writing student Adam Wolstenholme reviews one of our Literary Reputations events. The Scottish writer Jackie Kay is third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate, whose work is known for its humour and exuberance. Who better to celebrate that other grand dame of Scottish letters, Muriel Spark? Kay was joined on stage at […]

  • ‘Just a little language spoken down there in the mountains of Switzerland’: Arno Camenisch & Nicolai Houm Review

    October 11, 2018

    Centre for New Writing student, Thomas Lee, reviews one of the first events of the 2018 Festival. In the redbrick engine house at the Anthony Burgess Foundation we find Norway’s ‘Most American Author’ and one of Switzerland’s most widely translated novelists. They are both mountain men: they ski, they snowboard, they go to the mountains […]

  • ‘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. […]