Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

Put your purse away, love – live literature comes largely free this month. What better way to celebrate Manchester’s shiny new status as the UK’s latest UNESCO City of Literature? You can raise a complimentary glass of wine at avant-garde’s regular afternoon out Peter Barlow’s Cigarette, complete with Forward Prize-winning poet Vahni Capildeo, and at the glittering gala for the Manchester Prizes for both poetry and prose at Chet’s famous library, co-hosted by Nicholas Royle, also to be found performing at this month’s Verbose. Another double-dater is poet Helen Mort, introducing Adelle Stripe at the second Lit Up in everyone’s favourite indie bookshop, Chapter One, then headlining the last Bad Language of 2017, now ensconced in its new home Gullivers. Central Library’s new Library Lounge “in conversation” events are launched, while Word Central hits the ‘burbs as part of the 13th outing of the Chorlton Book Festival, with mainly free events and authors a-go-go. Elsewhere, the Word War Four poetry slam from the Evidently gang culminates in its much-anticipated grand final, with trophy and cash prize to be had.


Here are our picks

Culture Guides


Politics both personal and global make this month’s theatre guide, all backed up by the reassuring presence of Sherlock Holmes.


Featuring animation, fairy tales and festive cheer. Cosy up with some first-class cinema this winter.


Can you imagine what Armageddon smells like? Want to learn how to grow your own hormones? Read on for this month’s top pick of exhibitions.


Adventure and light are where it’s at. Chester Zoo is transformed into a magical sorting office, there’s detective heaven at the Secret Seven and we preview some alternative things to do and see this winter holiday.


Manchester continues to serve up musical delights throughout its concert halls, dance halls, pub function rooms and former Wesleyan chapels. Highlights over the coming months include Thundercat, British Sea Power, Jesca Hoop and The Unthanks.

Destination Guides

Things to do right now

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Cinema 17–30 November 2017, from £5.00

Good Time at HOME

Childrens 16 November–20 December 2017, FREE

Chester Christmas Market 2017

Cinema 17–23 November 2017, from £5.00

Thelma at HOME

Festivals 16–19 November 2017,

Kendal Mountain Festival 2017