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24 Stories, Unbound

Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 No Comments

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Carys Davies, image credit Jonathan Bean

Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 No Comments

From ITV big gob (and all-round cockwomble), Piers Morgan has suggested that papoose-wearing fathers look ’emasculated’. 

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Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené

Review: Slay In Your Lane – The Black Girl Bible, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 No Comments

Rebels with a cause, Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke, are challenging the barriers surrounding race.

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Gill Sims, Kilearn, All Pics © Martin Hunter

Preview: Raworths Literature Festival, Harrogate

October 19, 2018 No Comments

They don’t hide their light under a bushel in Harrogate. But then again, why would you when you’re about to host what has been described as “one of the UK’s best literary festivals”?

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Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

Review: Literary Manchester Walking Tour with Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

October 17, 2018 No Comments

When Manchester recently bid for and won UNESCO City of Literature status, part of its success was undoubtedly based on the thriving Manchester Literature Festival, an annual reminder to the world that Manchester was the city which built the UK’s first public lending library and gave the world the work of great writers including Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Burgess, Howard Jacobson and many more.

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Afua Hirsch, image by Urszula Soltys

Review – BRIT(ish): Afua Hirsch, Manchester Literature Festival

October 17, 2018 No Comments

Working to forge a sense of belonging, Afua Hirsch lays out her conflicting ideologies as a half-Ghanaian, half-English woman.

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The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

October 17, 2018 No Comments

I’m increasingly drawn to stories set in the places I know well.

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“I’ve grown old with Rebus.” Northern Soul talks to best-selling crime author Ian Rankin

October 15, 2018 No Comments

When the best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin brings his Investigating Murder: An Evening with Ian Rankin to Manchester’s HOME, the intention, he says, is not simply to talk about his new book In A House Of Lies (incidentally, one of the best thrillers of the year if you ask me) then sign some copies.

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Jenni Murray

Review: An Afternoon with Jenni Murray, Manchester Literature Festival

October 11, 2018 No Comments

This year feels like the perfect time to welcome the launch of Jenni Murray’s new book – A History of the World in 21 Women – as we celebrate the centenary of women (those aged over 30 who had a household) gaining the vote and the rise of global feminist movements such as #TimesUp and #MeToo.

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Graham Norton

Review: An Evening with Graham Norton, Manchester Literature Festival

October 11, 2018 No Comments

“I forgot you wrote it.” This was the feedback Graham Norton received from his mum which let him know he was onto a winner with this novel writing lark.

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