Literature Events in Manchester and the NorthSarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Books are big this summer, with festival readings, poetry slams, creative writing activities and famous faces all putting in an appearance…
Diarise Didsbury Arts Festival for 24 June until 2 July, when loads of live literature will whet your wordy whistles, including poet Mike Garry and author Okechukwu Nzelu. Read our round-up of all the poetry and prose goings-on here.
At Manchester Central Library, Word Central features open mic performers alongside a special guest – for June, it’s Gerry Potter with a brand-new collection of pomes – and the Festival Of Libraries is back for a third year, welcoming Poet Laureate Simon Armitage among others.
Online, the Mary Barton season of talks continues to beam out of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and the Portico Library is running a hybrid season featuring rambler-in-residence Anita Sethi.
A Lovely Word celebrates Liverpool as a poetry city, uniting, inspiring and galvanising the spoken word scene with its poetry events showcasing local talent alongside headliners from around the country and prize-giving slams.
For more from the land of literature, flick through our Bookshops in Manchester Guide and see our pages on the UNESCO city of Literature and literary places in Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Cumbria.