CANCELLED – On Dystopia at The Lowry

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Image courtesy of The Lowry

Sophie Mackintosh, Francine Toon and Jane Rogers: On Dystopia at The Lowry, Manchester, 28 March 2020, from £10 - Book now

Due to the ongoing situation with  COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.  Words Weekend Artistic Director Beth Gallimore’s statement reads:

It is with huge sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel Words Weekend at The Lowry following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe. Although this is an incredibly difficult decision, the health of authors and audiences must be the priority.

The cancellation of London Book Fair was an early indicator of the impact COVID-19 would have on our industry, and given the fast-changing nature of the situation, we feel we must act quickly and decisively.

All ticket holders will be contacted directly by the venue.

We will be pressing ahead with our plans for Bury St Edmunds in May, our spring 2021 festival at Sage Gateshead, and hope to plan another festival at The Lowry in the future.


Between them, Sophie Mackintosh, Jane Rogers and Francine Toon have written several highly acclaimed novels. At Words Weekend, these three leading lights in contemporary dystopian fiction will be discussing their work and contemplating the rise of one of the most popular genres in fiction today.

Sophie Mackintosh, Francine Toon and Jane Rogers: On Dystopia at The Lowry, Manchester

28 March 2020 1:30 pm
From £10

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