There’s plenty to check out on the live literature front, not just in the UNESCO City of Literature itself (follow @MCRCityofLit on the interwebs), but also further afield. We head over the hills for some capital talent in Yorkshire courtesy avantgarde organisers Electric Arc Furnace and we follow local legend Lemn Sissay as he takes his Something Dark show out to the Boroughs, specifically Oldham. Festivals include Queer Contact 2018, with an all-girl line-up of performers at Central Library’s Outspoken showcase led by poet and playwright Jackie Hagan, and HOME’s annual PUSH Festival, with a Pen:Chant pop-up introduced by spoken word stalwart Ben Mellor. Pre-empting this year’s Manchester Literature Festival, returning in October, there’s a special ‘Bookend’ with the launch of Coal Black Mornings, the new memoir from Suede frontman Brett Anderson (but be quick – tickets are selling like hot cakes!). Meanwhile, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with the launch of fun novel The Gods of Love from Manchester-based debutante Nicola Mostyn on 9 February, the appearance of Forward Prize-winner Vahni Capildeo at the year’s first Poets & Players on 17 February and the upcoming tenth birthday of experimental poetry reading series The Other Room, featuring Jazmine Linklater (pictured) on 21 February.
Here are our picks
Almost coinciding with Valentine’s Day, Nicola Mostyn launches her debut novel, The Gods of Love, a romcom-meets-fantasy described as “Bridget Jones by way of Neil Gaiman”.
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