We’re halfway through March (we know – right?) and there’s still plenty to tick off your literary list, including great Scot Irvine Welsh signing his latest novel, Poets & Players presenting performer Hannah Silva and Carcanet’s Anthony Rudolf, and one of our favourite live lit nights, Verbose, hosting legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam. Away from the UNESCO City of Literature itself (follow @MCRCityofLit on the interwebs for details of their ongoing projects and special reading series), we head over the hills to Leeds for Zarf at Wharf Chambers.
If experimental poetry is what floats your boat, then check out The European Camarade in April, part of the touring European Poetry Festival, plus the last-ever outing of regular reading series The Other Room, coincidentally celebrating its tenth birthday and tenth annual anthology.
Carol Ann Duffy showcases her latest favourite new voices in the Laureate’s Choice and a special event with NZ-based poet Hera Lindsay Bird in May (more on that later), while psychotherapist Susie Orbach will see you now – she’s in town for all your self-help-books-with-a slant needs. She’s chatting to Jeanette Winterson, as is The Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, launching her new memoir To Throw Away Unopened (more here soon) as part of Manchester Literature Festival’s special Spring Programme. Another MLF event to note down is Jesmyn Ward in conversation with arts journalist and author Anita Sethi, presented in conjunction with the Centre for New Writing.
Scroll down to check out our regularly updated “other ace events to get on your radar section” (aka More in Literature), including acclaimed literature quarterly The White Review‘s special showcase, with a line-up including literary agent-turned-author Luke Brown and one-to-watch Sophie Mackintosh.
Here are our picks
Performer Hannah Silva will be reading in the afternoon and running a workshop in the morning at the second Poets & Players of 2018. She’ll be joined by Carcanet poet Anthony Rudolf and RNCM’s Septentrion harp duo.
The monthly live literature night has a theme of music, a plethora of open mic acts and headliners including electronica aficionado Fat Roland and legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam, reading from his new memoir.
Laureate’s Choices reading from their boxfresh poetry pamphlets are Natalie Burdett, John Fennelly (whose fans include Lit Up’s Helen Mort and Chris Nielan) and Keith Hutson, joined by 2016 alumnus Mark Pajak.
The award-winning author crosses the pond to launch third novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, and discuss its themes of family issues and race relations in this Manchester Literature Festival and Centre for New Writing special.
A mind-boggling 18 writers have been paired up to perform brand-new collaborative work for this one-off event, part of the 10-day European Poetry Festival, taking place on Friday 13th. Unlucky for some, but not for you, the lover of live literature.
In this centenary year, join the great-great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and social campaigner Helen Pankhurst as she discusses her new book Deeds Not Words.
In-store signing with legendary novelist Irvine Welsh, Edinburgh-born author of the quintessential 90s classic Trainspotting.
The White Review’s editors Željka Maroševic and Francesca Wade introduce an evening of readings from recent contributors to the literary magazine, including Luke Brown, Kayo Chingonyi, Nicole Flattery and Sophie Mackintosh.
Psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic Susie Orbach will be in conversation with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson at this Centre for New Writing special event.