Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

As we look towards March, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into across the live lit and spoken word scene. The centenary celebrations get underway 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, the Wonder Women festival is back for a fourth year, 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 top 5 picks

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