Spring is well and truly in the air, and there are plenty of prose and poetry events blossoming across the North West. There are various launches, including of Rosie Garland’s third novel, The Night Brother, the opportunity to book now for a two-dayer when budding writers can get pen to paper and scribe some site-specific stories, the fifth birthday of First Draft and the return of The Real Story.
Here are our picks
Dériving is the activity du jour, and writing about place is now quite the trend in contemporary literary culture. This brand-new two-day festival will help you explore the subject through talks, walks and more.
Regular cabaret night First Draft – showcasing brand-new work and providing a space for writers and performers of all kinds to test out new ideas in front of a supportive audience – celebrates its fifth birthday, and you’re invited!
The city’s essay and live non-fiction night The Real Story is back! Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse, headlines, with support from a curated selection of local writers, and a writing workshop, if you fancy.