Manchester Literature Festival announces luminous line-up for October 2022

Manchester Literature Festival, the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester are partnering again for this October’s exciting Literature Live event, bringing some of the most extraordinary contemporary writers to Manchester to discuss their latest works with audiences.  

Taking place at the Martin Harris Centre of Music and Drama on The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus, the John Rylands Research Institute and Library on Deansgate, and Manchester Central Library in the city’s iconic St Peter’s Square, literature lovers can look forward to an enriching series of talks and an opportunity to hear about the writing process from award-winning wordsmiths.

The programme opens on campus on 8 October with A.M. Homes who will be discussing The Unfolding with Razia Iqbal at the Martin Harris Centre, followed by an evening with Kamila Shamsie who will be sharing her thoughts on female friendship and the themes of her novel Best of Friends. David Olusoga will be talking about his role as a writer and historian at the MHC on 15 October in an event hosted by Ellah P Wakatama, which will also be recorded for a streamed audience. 

At Central Library on 9 October, Kit de Waal’s childhood memoir Without Warning and Only Sometimes will be central to her conversation with Ellah P Wakatama, while on 10 October 2021 Booker Prize-winner Damon Galgut will be sharing his thoughts on The Promise with Alex Clark. Susanna Clarke and Max Porter will be delving into Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell on 21 October at the library in an MLF exclusive event.

The auspices of the John Rylands will welcome one of America’s most celebrated poets Carl Phillips on 13 October, where he will deliver the John Rylands Reading. The gothic building will also host Cosey Fanni Tutti and Jon Savage on 20 October where they will be discussing three iconic women, Cosey Fanni Tutti herself, along with Delia Derbyshire and Margery Kempe. 

Manchester Literature Festival’s Live events programme runs from 7-23 October 2022 across the city.

The wider Manchester Literature Festival programme and tickets are on general sale from 26 August 2022 via the MLF website.

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