Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

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

Culture Guides


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.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words – so, perhaps, can an object be, as our current selection of the very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North proves.


It’s all about curious April Fool’s live performance at Z-arts, a ridiculous art race through the forest, swashbuckling historical heroism and imaginative theatrical adventures. Phew.


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All the buzz right now is about Manchester International Festival, which has its strongest theatre and dance programme to date.

Destination Guides