The Manchester Literature Festival is fast becoming a staple of Manchester's cultural calendar, with the entire city turning out in love of the written and spoken word. This year features great talks from established writers such as Jo Nesbø, Patrick Ness, Neil Gaiman and Helen Fielding, as well as a number of talks from emerging writers and groups. We've picked out some of the highlights of the two week event that runs from the 7th October to the 21st below.
Tuesday 8th October, Manchester Town Hall, 7pm
Following his critical and commercial successes with his novels aimed at young adults, most notably the Chaos Walking trilogy, Patrick Ness discusses his new adult book called The Crane Wife. His new novel is based on a japanese folk tale, and it's reading will also be complimented by The Bookshop Band, a three-piece band from Bath who are well known for their songs that are inspired by novels.
Afternoon Tea with Adam Riordan
Wednesday 9th October, Midland Hotel, 3pm
Adam Riordan is one of the UK's most exciting young poet prospects, and is the current writer in residence at the Midland Hotel, one of Manchester's most prestigious hotels. The Midland Hotel has recently commissioned Adam to create a short story based on the hotel, which he will be reading whilst you dig into tea and scones. There's also a tour of the Midland Hotel taking place at 1pm, led by historian Barbara Frost.
Friday 11th October, Matt and Phreds Jazz Club, 8pm
Ever wanted to know what really inspired F.Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic The Great Gatsby? Sarah Churchwell, author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby, discusses what exactly led to the seminal novel. This will be complimented by the music of Alligator Gumbo, a six-piece from Leeds who specialise in the sounds of New Orleans and the flappers of the Roaring 20s.
Afternoon Tea with Rachel Cooke
Thursday 17th October, Midland Hotel, 3pm
This Afternoon Tea session focuses on Rachel Cooke, and her forthcoming book Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties. The book is filled of inspiring tales of the influential women of the 50s, such as the glass-ceiling breaking defence lawyer Rose Heilbron QC, rally car driver Sheila van Damn and the legendary film producer Betty Box. There will be delicious tea and scones being served throughout the event, as well as a book signing at the conclusion of the talk.
Boho Literary Pub Walk
Saturday 19th October, Midland Hotel, 5pm
Starting at the historic Peveril of the Peak before moving throughout the city and finishing in the secret drinking den underneath the prestigious Portico Library, the annual Boho Literary Pub Tour focuses on some of the famous writers that Manchester has influenced throughout the years. A great night for some great beers, some tall tales and some fantastic stories of a selection of history's greatest writers.