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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: Sasha Dugdale & Nick Laird

    October 21, 2018

    Young Digital Reporter Urussa Malik enjoys a quietly powerful poetry event. Co-director of the Centre for New Writing, John McAuliffe introduced two writers working closely with the idea of memory and history. Nick Laird has recently published a new collection of poetry, Feel Free, where the idea of being free and not free flew across his […]

  • Review: A Celebration of Muriel Spark

    October 19, 2018

    Young Digital Reporter Zarina Akhtar spends an evening celebrating the contradictions of Muriel Spark. It is on an autumnal Tuesday evening that we find ourselves at the Martin Harris Centre seated for a discussion about Muriel Spark. The audience, holding well-read and loved copies of Spark’s novels, including the The Prime of Jean Brodie, eagerly […]

  • Review: Michael Morpurgo: Castlefield Manchester Sermon

    October 18, 2018

    Our Young Digital Reporter Elizabeth Gibson spends a remarkable and enchanting evening in the company of Michael Morpurgo. I am sure that I am far from the only young adult today whose early reading life was shaped by Michael Morpurgo. His books took me all over the world, and through time, to meet lions and […]

  • Review: Beth Underdown

    October 18, 2018

    Centre for New Writing student Adam Wolstenholme enjoys Beth Underdown’s Quarry Bank ghosts. There were stories to chill the spine and warm the heart at an event to launch the new collection by local novelist Beth Underdown this week. Beth read from Love makes as many at the Anthony Burgess Foundation on Tuesday. Her collection […]

  • Review: Carol Ann Duffy, Suzanne Batty & Clare Shaw

    October 17, 2018

    Our Young Digital Reporter Ben Haynes experiences a range of emotions at an evening of poetry. Poetry has a reputation for being emotional, the Festival’s co-director Cathy Bolton warned the audience beforehand. Clare Shaw, Royal Literary fellow and Northern Writers’ Award recipient, did not disappoint.  Her opening poem, with a dedication to Dr Blasey Ford, […]

  • Review: 24 Stories

    October 17, 2018

    Our Young Digital Reporter, Siena Hallewell, learns how laughter and stories can bring hope and strength. Walking in to 24 Stories, my eyes arrived not on the eager audience but the intimate arrangement of four burnt-orange armchairs settled around a cluttered coffee table. Armchairs that would, minutes later, seat Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, […]

  • Review: Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

    October 16, 2018

    Centre for New Writing student Christine Walker finds two black women changing the conversation. The Central Library, on St Peter’s Square, Manchester was set to host, as part of the Manchester Literature Festival, a night with the young and well-received authors of Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene. […]

  • Review: Xi Chuan & Jennifer Lee Tsai, take 2

    October 16, 2018

    Centre for New Writing student Weng U Pun enjoys an exploration of identity and culture. This Saturday at the Anthony Burgess Foundation I had the opportunity to hear the poems of Xi Chuan, who is currently a professor at Beijing Normal University and Jennifer Lee Tsai, a fellow of the national poetry mentoring scheme, The […]

  • Review: 24 Stories, take 2

    October 16, 2018

    Centre for New Writing student Pippin Major is impressed by the unifying nature of stories. There’s a hum of lively chatter in Manchester’s Dancehouse theatre as the crowd awaits the arrival of the four stars of tonight’s event. No doubt it is the star-power of Kathy Burke that has filled most of the seats, and […]

  • Review: Faber New Poets

    October 16, 2018

    Centre for New Writing student Suzi Clark enjoys three poets rallying against the system. The International Anthony Burgess foundation saw a great turn out for the Faber New Poets event: a stunning book launch for the work of new voices in poetry, celebrated as part of the Manchester Literature Festival. Unfortunately, only three of the […]