Every year, Manchester Literature Festival presents inspiring live literature and spoken word from across the globe and, for the thirteenth edition, there will be 80 events to pick your way through, including some brand-new commissions such as this year’s Writer In Residence at The Midland, Linda Grant. Tickets are selling like hot cakes for MLF18, which runs in venues around the UNESCO City of Literature from 6 to 21 October (and beyond, thanks to a number of Bookend events, such as August’s Penguin Pride Manchester at Z-arts, which featured one of our favourite short story writers, Kirsty Logan)… so best step on it!
The full programme is now available for you to check out, and kicks off with the likes of an Afternoon with Jenni Murray at the RNCM, our own Centre for New Writing’s Beth Underdown leading a promenade in the grounds of Quarry Bank Mill to read her specially commissioned Love makes as many ghost stories, and Alexander McCall Smith revealing all about twenty years of his famous African detective agency in Central Library, the main hub for this year’s literary showcase.
The World Literature strand showcases talent from Bloodaxe-published poet Jennifer Lee Tsai in association with the Confucius Institute to Scandi author Sjón, this year’s Rising Stars range from the latest Faber New Poets to the most recent Writing Squad intake, and under Literary Reputations comes talk of Muriel Spark and an evening of Ted Hughes poems performed by the likes of Zaffar Kunial and John McAuliffe.
And even after 21 October, MLF will be hosting one-off specials to look forward to: Andrew McMillan presenting his latest poetry collection playtime and chatting to one of his heroes, Mark Doty, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation; a rescheduled meeting of dynamic novelists Joe “Submarine” Dunthorne and Luke Kennard at the Martin Harris Centre, and the specially commissioned response to the Martin Parr retrospective at Manchester Art Gallery, Return To Manchester, by writers Adelle Stripe and Benjamin Myers (of multi-award-winning The Gallows Pole fame).
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 keep popping back!
Many events are free, some are priced, concessionary fees may apply, most are ticketed. Manchester Central Library is the MLF hub, but events take place across the city. Check the programme for full details of price, venue and start time.
Manchester Literature Festival at Manchester Central Library, Manchester