Manchester Literature Festival 2017 at various venues

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet Zaffar Kunial.
Poet Zaffar Kunial.

Manchester Literature Festival 2017, 6–22 October 2017, from £0.00 - Book now

The full line-up for this year’s Manchester Literature Festival has been announced and tickets are on now sale for MLF members.

MLF 2017 takes place 6-22 October, with Bookend events throughout the year, in venues all over the city. Expect talks, readings and performances by wordsmiths from the likes of short story writer Sarah Hall, spoken word artist Hollie McNish and poet Andrew McMillan to celebrity book-pushers such as Nigella Lawson, Harriet Harman and Sarah Millican. Keep an eye out for our specific picks as the 12th annual festival draws closer.

This year, many events explore activism, protest, citizenship, race, class, feminism and identity, with, for example, George Monbiot launching his new tome Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics in an Age of Crisis and Reni Eddo-Lodge talking about her book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Actress Maxine Peake hosts Protest: Stories of Resistance, featuring writers Michelle Green, Courttia Newland and Kit de Waal; our pals at The Real Story present four writers from Dead Ink anthology Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class, and Manchester-based Comma Press launch volume II of Refugee Tales with readings from Marina Warner, among others.

Five special commissions include the Castlefield Manchester Sermon by Michael Morpurgo, read in the Cathedral; the annual afternoon tea with this year’s Midland Hotel Writer in Residence Tessa Hadley, and poet Zaffar Kunial (pictured) responding to the Whitworth’s Raqib Shaw exhibition.

Plenty to get excited about! Some events are free, some are ticketed – check the MLF website for full details and how to book.

Some events are free; others you must book in advance. Check the MLF website for details.

6–22 October 2017
From £0.00

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