Literature Events in Manchester and the North

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

From writers showcased by indie presses to big-name authors brought to you by the bookshops, festivals and libraries, there’s plenty worth dog-earing as summer unfolds.

We’re looking forward to some great visitors to the Rainy City, including various writers at House of Books & Friends, Luke Kennard, the third guest in the brilliant new programme of events at Manchester Poetry Library, Salena Godden at the year’s second LIVEWire, and another spring trailblazer from Manchester Literature Festival featuring Miranda July.

Further afield, we’re off up the Calder Valley to Poetry at the Dusty Miller, featuring John McAuliffe and others in June and an Ian Humphreys takeover in July, exploring Brontë country – Gaskell’s House, meanwhile, continues its online mini-season taking a deep dive into all things Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë, which you can enjoy wherever you happen to be.

Don’t forget to add to your diary the annual Festival of Libraries courtesy of UNESCO Manchester City of Literature. And finally be sure to flick through our Bookshops in Manchester Guide and check out our pages on literary places in LiverpoolLeeds, Sheffield and Cumbria.

Our top picks

Munir Hachemi at House of Books & Friends

An Evening with Munir Hachemi: Living Things at House of Books & Friends, Manchester, 30 May 2024, from £5.00 - Book now

House of Books & Friends are delighted to welcome Munir Hachemi on Thursday 30 May to discuss his new book, Living Things, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

A person - Munir Hachemi - with brown curly hair and a beard sat in front of a book case.
Munir Hachemi

Poetry at the Dusty Miller

Poetry at the Dusty Miller at The Dusty Miller, 2 July 2024, free entry - Find Out More

Calder Valley reading series Poetry at the Dusty Miller continues apace, with hosts Carola Luther and Judith Willson, both published by Manchester’s Carcanet Press, back on Tuesday 4 June, and a special takeover by poet Ian Humphreys on Tuesday 2 July.

Ian Humphreys
Poet Ian Humphreys. Photo courtesy Ian Humphreys.

Miranda July at Manchester Literature Festival at Central Library

An Evening with Miranda July at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 11 June 2024, from £10.00 - Book now

This is a rare chance to catch the witty and original US-based writer, film-maker and artist Miranda July in town, as she discusses her new novel, All Fours. She appears on 11 June as part of the spring programme of Manchester Literature Festival.

a white woman with swept back culy auburn hairs stares into the camera.  she is in a white room near an air conditioning vent and is wearing a faded denim jacket
Miranda July. Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg

LIVEwire at The Edge

LIVEwire at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Manchester, 13 June 2024, from £13.00 - Book now

LIVEwire is back at The Edge in Chorlton on 13 June with an electric line-up featuring internationally acclaimed poet and author Salena Godden reading from her brand-new collection, plus Molly Naylor and Nafeesa Hamid.

Picture of Salena Godden
Salena Godden. Image supplied by Leeds Inspired

Festival Of Libraries in various venues

Festival of Libraries at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 13–16 June 2024, free entry - Find Out More

The fourth Festival Of Libraries is a five-day multi-venue celebration of Greater Manchester’s libraries happening 13 to 16 June.

Simon Armitage. Photo Paul Wolfgang Webster

Leeds Lit Fest featuring Stuart Maconie at Leeds Minster

In Conversation with Stuart Maconie - The Full English, 13–23 June 2024, from £6 - Book now

In its sixth year, the city’s award-winning Leeds Lit Fest in 2024 runs from 15 to 23 June across a range of the city’s venues bringing together writers and performers from Leeds and beyond, taking part in 35 events over 10 days.

Stuart Maconie
Image supplied by Leeds Inspired

Luke Kennard at Manchester Poetry Library

Poetry Reading Series: Luke Kennard at Manchester Poetry Library, Manchester, 20 June 2024, free entry - Find Out More

We’re looking forward to hearing from Birmingham-based poet, critic and fiction writer Luke Kennard, the third guest to appear in Manchester Poetry Library’s events programme, chatting to Nikolai Duffy on 20 June.

Luke Kennard
Luke Kennard

Manchester Literature Festival 2024

Manchester Literature Festival at Contact Theatre, Manchester, 4–20 October 2024, from £5.00 - Book now

Manchester Literature Festival runs from 4 to 20 October and presents inspiring live literature and spoken word from international writers and home-grown talent.

Max Porter. Photo by Francesca Jones
Max Porter. Photo by Francesca Jones.

Wives and Daughters season at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House online

Wives and Daughters - Events Season at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, online, Until 30 November 2024, from £5.00 - Book now

Each year, the team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Manchester’s Plymouth Grove picks one of the famous 19th-century author’s texts to take – in modern parlance – a deep dive into: in 2024, it’s the turn of Wives and Daughters. 

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

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Ian Humphreys
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Poetry at the Dusty Miller

Poetry at the Dusty Miller is a brand-new night with invited readers, organised by Carcanet-published Carola Luther and Judith Willson in the Coiners’ Room in the Mytholmroyd pub.

free entry
Picture of Salena Godden
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LIVEwire at The Edge

LIVEwire is back at The Edge in Chorlton with an electric line-up featuring internationally acclaimed poet and author Salena Godden.

from £13.00
Luke Kennard
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Luke Kennard at Manchester Poetry Library

We’re looking forward to hearing from Birmingham-based poet, critic and fiction writer Luke Kennard, the third guest to appear in Manchester Poetry Library’s events programme.

free entry
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Manchester
Theatre
HOME Manchester

Offering a packed schedule of events and things to do, HOME Manchester is one of the city’s leading hubs for arts and culture.

Manchester
Park
Platt Fields Park

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Cumbria
Event venue
Penrith Old Fire Station

Main venue for Eden Arts, an artist-led organisation based in Eden in Cumbria creating projects around mass participation, local distinctiveness and digital engagement, from Picnic Cinema to The Winter Droving.

The MerseyMade building in Liverpool
Liverpool
Shop
MerseyMade

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The Hepworth Wakefield
Wakefield
Gallery
The Hepworth Wakefield

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