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DJ Paulette: ‘Welcome to the Club’
HOME | 25 January 2024

A revelatory evening celebrating the launch of ‘Welcome to the Club: The Life and Lessons of a Black Woman DJ’ by DJ Paulette.

Writing workshop with Shirley May
The Manchester Museum | 28 October 2023

Shirley May will support participants in creating poetry to celebrate the contributions of Black women to the infrastructure of Manchester.

How Manchester Made Shakespeare Modern
Manchester Central Library | 8 November 2023

Rosa Grindon’s journey from modest beginnings in a Derbyshire village to becoming a leading figure in literary and theatrical circles in Manchester, a ground-breaking Shakespearean scholar and, as a Suffragist, an outspoken champion of women’s rights.

Louder Than Words Festival
INNSIDE by Meliá Hotel | Until 12 November 2023

The UK’s biggest music-literary Festival returns for its eleventh year with a huge line-up, from Will Sergeant (Echo and the Bunnymen) to Nick Banks (Pulp), Napalm Death’s Shane Embury, and Penetration’s Pauline Murray.

Portrait of a Poet 
The Whitworth | 5 October 2023

An evening of live performance art about the ways we perform for love and acceptance, mixing opera, poetry, and art instructions.

MLF: Simon Armitage
Manchester Central Library | 15 October 2023

At MLF23, Simon Armitage discusses his love of language, compositions and his collaborations with musicians.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: George Monbiot in Conversation
HOME | 16 October 2023

One of our most fearless voices on nature, climate change and the environment, George Monbiot visits Manchester Literature Festival.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Karl Ove Knausgaard in Conversation
Manchester Central Library | 17 October 2023

Karl Ove Knausgaard makes his Manchester Literature Festival debut to discuss his dazzling new novel The Wolves of Eternity.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Cities Untold
International Anthony Burgess Foundation | 17 October 2023

Cities Untold provides lyrical, surprising, sensual, and sometimes surreal impressions of the three cities through fresh lenses.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Decolonising My Body with Afua Hirsch
Manchester Central Library | 18 October 2023

Decolonising My Body with Afua Hirsch looks at ideas of how notions of beauty are constructed and stripped away.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Lisa Nandy
Manchester Central Library | 19 October 2023

Lisa Nandy sets out a way in which we can turn around the global changes, political divisions and economic crises that have rocked the UK.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Monica Heisey & Sheena Patel
Manchester Central Library | 20 October 2023

Monica Heisey & Sheena Patel discuss their debut novels, strong women characters and the perils of modern love and relationships.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Jeremy Deller
HOME | 22 October 2023

Jeremy Deller talks about the power of imagination, creativity, collaboration, Manchester and his joyful book Art is Magic.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Jeanette Winterson
HOME | 22 October 2023

One of our most prolific and inspiring storytellers, Jeanette Winterson returns to MLF to launch her new book, Night Side of the River: Ghost Stories.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

MLF: Thurston Moore in Conversation
Manchester Central Library | 17 November 2023

A founding member of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore discusses his journey to becoming one of the most influential musicians of his generation.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival