Manchester Literature Festival 2022

Part of our Literature guide

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

Manchester Literature Festival at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 7–23 October 2022, from £5 - Book now

Every year, Manchester Literature Festival presents inspiring live literature and spoken word from across the globe and, for the seventeenth edition, you can be sure that there will be plenty of events to pick your way through. From Central Library to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, MLF runs in venues around the UNESCO City of Literature, with some events taking place virtually following last year’s successful online testbed.

The dates for 2022’s main festival programme are 7 to 23 October, with a number of Bookend events to keep your eye out for both before and after. Expect household names alongside up-and-coming talent, with strands including World Literature and Rising Stars to  showcase both poets and prose writers.

With poetry and prose, talks and discussions, and even inspirational art and uplifting music, plus wanderings to accompany your pondering, there’s plenty to look forward to. Here at CT HQ, we’ll be bringing you more on the gigs that we’re especially looking forward to – so do pop back nearer the time!

Many events are free, some are priced, concessionary fees may apply, most are ticketed. Events take place across the city and online. Check the programme for full details of price, venue and start time.

Manchester Literature Festival at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

7–23 October 2022
From £5

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