Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

Start popping events for the new year in your shiny box fresh diary – there’s lots of live lit going on, from pop-up performances and poetry tours to literary launches and short story showcases. Not everything is academic-centric and some of it is immersive, experimental and independent. What’s more, most of our picks are free, so perfect for that post-festivities wallet worry!

Here are our top 5 picks

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Just So Festival


Follow a 175-foot long dragon and book now for a Grimm’s fairy tale with a difference and the mighty Just So Festival.

The Unthanks: How Wild The Wind Blows


Why not try some new music for the new year? How about a residency (or two) in a former mill, an original take on a film soundtrack, or the cream of Manchester’s current music scene coming together for an action-packed all-dayer?

Castle Rock


It’s a busy time for theatre followers, with two amazing festivals – Queer Contact and PUSH – as well as some exciting new stuff over at The Lowry.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives - Image courtesy of FACT


This month, we round up some of the disreputable treasures and genuinely ambitious pieces of film art that are screening around Manchester and the North.

Points of View by Tony Cragg. Photo: Charles Duprat.


For our Exhibitions guide in January, we’ve sifted through our calendar of upcoming exhibitions and picked out the very best from 2017. Step right this way…

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