There are literature festivals all over the region this next few weeks, with novelist and short story writer Ali Smith at the first-ever Liverpool Literary Festival, poet Ian McMillan speaking Volumes at the Rochdale Ideas & Literature Festival, and flash fictioneer David Gaffney at Live From Worktown and newcomer Scribble. Even Manchester Science Festival will be chemically enhancing words with poems about the periodic table.
Here are our top 5 picks
Award-winning poet Rachel McCarthy combines words with wisdom at this special event as part of the Manchester Science Festival Art Meets Science strand. And climatologist Rachel combines forces with chemists Drs Frank Mair and Steven Rossington, as they provide some extra special effects.
Charlotte Delaney, daughter of the late Salford-born playwright and ‘Morrissey muse’ Shelagh Delaney, premieres her play Sweet Responsibility, about friendship and activism between two 70-something women in Greater Manchester. She will also be in conversation with historian and Shelagh Delaney biographer Selina Todd.
Scribble Festival is a two-day celebration of storytelling in all its forms, with workshops in flash fiction, performance poetry, singer-songwriting and zine-making. There will be live readings and music, a poetry slam and a star turn from influential black poet Roger Robinson. Monday morning will see panel discussions about publishing plus networking.
The Live From Worktown festival takes over Bolton throughout October and November, encouraging creative writing and live literature with a programme of performances and workshops. Purveyor of fine flash fiction David Gaffney will be leading a course over four dates, looking at all things short story related.
Writers, ahoy! Join the likes of New Welsh Review Poetry Editor Amy McCauley and My Name Is Leon author Kit de Waal at this second outing of the Creative Writing Graduate Fair. Expect networking sessions with publishers, agents and editors, workshops and masterclasses with authors, panel discussions and a keynote speech.
The very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North include a collaboration with a renowned dance company, the return of Manchester Science Festival (bigger and better than ever), a showcase of exquisite craft at the Old Granada Studios, and much more. All in all, it’s an exciting, boundary transcending time for art in the North.