Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

It’s time to get out your diaries and start scheduling your autumn outings – the potential for clashes is high… If you haven’t done so already, make sure you take a peek at the packed programme for Manchester Literature Festival 2017 and get clicking for tickets for the October-fest now – events are selling out so get on it! And that’s not the only festival on our radar – the fifth annual Lakes International Comic Art Festival is worth checking out for words and pictures, Orbit at HOME features performance poet and local legend Lemn Sissay (he of the new bird-adorned mural in Old Trafford), while Manchester Gothic Festival is back for a second year and welcomes award-winning author and poet Rosie Garland plus journalist and muso John Robb. We’ll also be bringing you news of some of the many regular live literature and spoken word nights going on in the region, and it’s National Poetry Day 2017 on Thursday 28 September, so keep checking back to stay up to date.

Here are our picks

Culture Guides


From big brash musicals to apocalyptic comedies and silent movie masterpieces – there’s something for everyone in our latest Cinema Guide.


This month’s top picks all share a notably political emphasis – using art to highlight the many vast divisions that have underpinned society over the last 100 years.


Tip top experiences for families that stretch our perceptions and minds right now – experimental new technology to radical re-imaginings, awe-inspiring outdoor arts and the last two glorious festivals this summer.


As the festival season draws to a close, live music returns to the city’s concert halls and venues. Why not check out Manchester Folk Festival – new in 2017 – plus major events like Transformer and Manchester Psych Fest.


Gig theatre, an American classic and two people dancing like idiots – all this and more in our monthly guide.

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