Literature

Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

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

  • 1. An evening with Rosie Garland at Waterstones

    Writer Rosie Garland. Photo by Absolut Queer Photography.
    Writer Rosie Garland. Photo by Absolut Queer Photography.

    An evening with Rosie Garland at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, City Centre, 31 May 2017, from £05.00 - Book now

    Author, poet and performer Rosie Garland reads from and chats about her third novel, The Night Brother, with a Q&A and book signing to top off the event.

  • 2. Place Writing Festival 2017 at Manchester Met

    Bruce Guenter / flickr

    Place Writing Festival 2017 at Number 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, 31 May–1 June 2017, free entry - Find Out More

    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.

  • 3. Young Identity: One Mic Stand at Contact

    Ty at Young Identity: One Mic Stand.
    Ty at Young Identity: One Mic Stand. Picture by Beni Reid.

    Young Identity: One Mic Stand at Contact Theatre, Manchester, 9 June 2017, from £6.00 - Book now

    Join Manchester’s finest young spoken word performers Young Identity for their quarterly night of poetry, music and visual art, featuring an open slam and special guest Ty.

  • 4. First Draft at The Castle

    First Draft's Abi Hynes. Photo by Rachel Fernandez-Arias.
    First Draft's Abi Hynes. Photo by Rachel Fernandez-Arias.

    First Draft at Castle Hotel, Manchester, 19 June 2017, free entry - Visit now

    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!

  • 5. The Real Story with Lauren Elkin at Gullivers

    The Real Story: Live with Lauren Elkin
    Lauren Elkin.

    The Real Story: Live with Lauren Elkin at Gullivers, Manchester, 22 June 2017, from £3.00 - Book now

    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.

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