There’s plenty to sink your teeth into across the live lit and spoken word scene this month. The centenary celebrations are full steam ahead at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, this year’s Live Literature and In Conversation programmes are ‘go’ at the Centre for New Writing, Manchester Literature Festival presents some pop-up events, there are some great writer development conferences coming up, and the mind-boggling number of independent regulars showcasing poetry and prose are joined by some new nights. Plus there are some big names hitting town, so you should find something to get excited about.
Here are our picks
The Other Room experimental poetry night turns nine and celebrates with a fitting line-up, including a thirty-strong choir. They will also be launching their ninth anthology, with contributions from all The Other Room performers of the last year.
Dériving is the activity du jour, and writing about place is now quite the trend in contemporary literary culture. This brand-new two-day festival will help you explore the subject through talks, walks and more.
A special Whitworth Lates event, hosted by Poets & Players, with poetry from Forward Prize shortlistee Luke Kennard and Carcanet poet Matthew Welton, and live music from composer and vocalist Michael Brailey.