Diaries at the ready – autumn is officially upon us… If you haven’t done so already, make sure you sneak a peek at the packed programme for Manchester Literature Festival 2017 and get clicking for tickets for the October-fest now – events are selling out so get on it! And that’s not the only festival on our radar – the fifth annual Lakes International Comic Art Festival is worth checking out for words and pictures, Orbit at HOME features performance poet and local legend Lemn Sissay (he of the new bird-adorned mural in Old Trafford), while Manchester Gothic Festival is back for a second year and welcomes award-winning author and poet Rosie Garland plus journalist and muso John Robb. Books and art collide at the Bound Art Book Fair on 7 and 8 October and we’ll also be bringing you news of some of the many regular live literature and spoken word nights going on in the region. It’s National Poetry Day 2017 on Thursday 28 September, and Libraries Week 9-14 October, so there’s plenty to keep reading and writing top of your to-do list!
Here are our picks
Newbie collective the Northern Fiction Alliance rocks up with its first-ever roadshow to demonstrate that the North is a creative stronghold for innovative indie publishing. Talks! Networking! Drinks! Freebies!
This international meeting of comic book artist and graphic novelist minds is back for a fifth year – and we’re looking forward to the latest book by Manchester-based storyteller Oliver East.
Join music and Gothic culture aficionados John Robb and Dr Claire Nally for a chat about all things Goth – including the influence of Gothic literature on mainstream culture.
Victorian edifice John Rylands Library is the backdrop to this reading from award-winning author Rosie Garland’s spooky third novel, The Night Brother, as part of this year’s Gothic Manchester Festival.