Manchester Literature Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Manchester, England, UK
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Manchester Literature Festival

The Department Store, 5 Oak Street
Ancoats, Manchester M4 5JD
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0161 832 5502


Festival Description

The Manchester Literature Festival first took place in 2006 as a means of showcasing international and national contemporary writers. The festival seeks out the most imaginative established writers and rising talents to participate. MLF offers audiences the opportunity to experience literature of the highest quality where new media and methods of presentation are used. Youth and young children are given inspirational activities and events to encourage creative writing and reading.
MLF brings Manchester into the fold as a city international cultural exchange takes place.

Festival Dates October 7 - 20, 2013
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Festival Events:

Writers 2013:
  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • Asli Perker
  • Carlos Acosta
  • Malorie Blackman
  • Roddy Doyle
  • Helen Fielding
  • Jackie Kay
  • Jeanette Winterson
  • Jordi Punti
  • David Peace
  • Lionel Shriver
  • Lemn Sissay
  • Patrick Ness
  • Joanna Trollope
  • Tash Aw
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Walter Mosley
  • Xiaolu Guo
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Anthony Browne
  • Cerrie Burnell
  • Jackie Kay
Highlighted authors 2013:
  • The Children’s Bookshow with Jackie Kay
    • Award-winning writer Jackie Kay will be reading from her wonderfully evocative collection of poems Red Cherry Road published by Bloomsbury. Red Cherry Red won the prestigious Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Prize and includes the magical poem The World of Trees (inspired by the Forest of Burnley).
  • Malorie Blackman
    • Malorie Blackman is one of the UK’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Join Malorie for a lively discussion about the inspiration behind her hugely popular novels, including Noughts and Crosses, Boys Don’t Cry and Noble Conflict. Suitable for age 10+.
  • Helen Fielding
    • Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back! Come and hear celebrated comic novelist and screenwriter Helen Fielding discuss her greatly anticipated new novel and find out what Bridget has been doing all these years….
  • Roddy Doyle
    • The Return of Jimmy Rabbitte
      Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle discusses his wonderful new novel The Guts, featuring the return of one of contemporary fiction’s favourite characters, Jimmy Rabbitte, aka the man who invented those saviours of soul The Commitments. This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. Roddy Doyle is the author of nine acclaimed novels including the Barrytown Trilogy and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, Two Pints, a collection of dialogues.
  • I Have a Dream: Lemn Sissay & Manchester Camerata
    • MLF and Manchester Camerata present a special programme marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, which was delivered in August 1963 to over 250,000 civil rights supporters, calling for an end to racism in the United States. Responding to this era-defining speech, Lemn Sissay has been commissioned to create a poetic vision for our times. Lemn’s piece will be followed by a complete performance by Camerata principal players of Beethoven’s String Quartet op.130, a work of profound depth and psychological intensity.
  • Joanna Trollope in Conversation with Jenni Murray
    • Joanna Trollope is one of six contemporary authors re-writing Jane Austen’s work for The Austen Project. In her sparkling retelling of Sense & Sensibility, she casts her clever satirical eye over the tale of two sisters. What might appear to the modern eye to be all romance, bonnets and betrothals, becomes a wonderfully witty coming-of-age story about what really makes the world go around, and how when it comes to money, some things never change… Joanna Trollope will discuss her new novel in conversation with MLF patron and much-loved Radio 4 broadcaster Jenni Murray.


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