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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]