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Elizabeth Strout in Conversation

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

One of America’s finest writers, Elizabeth Strout returns to the world of her much-loved character Lucy Barton. In Oh William!, Elizabeth’s superb seventh novel, Lucy is reconnected with her first husband and father of her children, William. As they undertake a road trip together, Lucy discovers long kept secrets about William’s childhood which force her to reconsider their time together and her own life. A poignant story of grief, trauma, how well we can really know someone else and how we might heal. Elizabeth won the Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kitteridge and her novels include The Burgess Boys, Amy and Isabelle, My Name is Lucy Barton, Anything is Possible and Olive, Again. Hilary Mantel describes her as ‘a superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own.’

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01/11/2021 13:00
Rebecca Solnit in Conversation

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

‘If war has an opposite, gardens might sometimes be it, and people have found a particular kind of peace in forests, meadows, parks, and gardens.’ In Orwell’s Roses prolific US author, activist and flâneur, Rebecca Solnit reconsiders the work of George Orwell in light of the rosebushes he planted in 1936 in the garden of his cottage in Wallingdon. Through the ultimately hopeful act of gardening, she illuminates ideas of climate crisis, poverty, totalitarianism, feminism, and slavery in the sugar trade, drawing links between Orwell’s works, current societal issues and, through what she calls ‘an activity deeply invested in the future’, shows how nature might save us all. Rebecca is the author of more than twenty books, including Wanderlust, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me and Recollections of My Non-Existence, which was longlisted for the 2021 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and shortlisted for the 2021 James Tait Black Award. She will be in conversation with Manchester Literature Festival Patron Kamila Shamsie, author of The Women’s Prize winner Home Fire.

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Manchester Literature Festival - Digital Event
01/11/2021 13:00
C Pam Zhang & Bryan Washington

Hosted by Okechukwu Nzelu

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

‘Too often truth ain’t in what’s right […] sometimes it’s in who speaks it. Or writes it.’ In C Pam Zhang’s Booker Prize longlisted How Much of These Hills is Gold, a family set out for the American West in search of their fortune. Told largely through the perspectives of 11- and 12-year-old Lucy and Sam, C Pam reinserts Chinese, Indigenous and LGBTQ+ people back into a narrative from which they’ve been erased. In Memorial, Bryan’s debut novel, couple Benson and Mike are trying to work out whether or not they’re still in love. When Mike discovers his estranged father is dying, he flies to Japan to see him just as his mother, Mitsuko, arrives in the USA and moves in with Benson. Two beautifully told stories about home, family and belonging. C Pam Zhang’s novel was chosen by Barack Obama as one of his books of 2020 and is currently being adapted for television. Bryan’s short story collection Lot won the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize. C Pam and Bryan will be in conversation with Okechukwu Nzelu, author of The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney. Presented by Manchester Literature Festival in partnership with Durham Book Festival and Ilkley Literature Festival.

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Manchester Literature Festival - Digital Event
01/11/2021 13:00
Novel Voices: Caleb Azumah Nelson & Brandon Taylor

Hosted by Ellah P. Wakatama

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

Two brilliant young novelists discuss their sensational debuts. In Caleb Azumah Nelson’s beautifully lyrical Open Water two young Black talented Londoners – he a photographer, she a dancer – fall in love to a soundtrack of the city and some exceptional music. In Brandon Taylor’s precise and absorbing Real Life Wallace, a Black gay biochemistry student at a Midwestern university, tries to come to terms with the death of his father in Alabama. Both novels consider male vulnerability, trauma, grief, love and tenderness and question where writing by and about Black men fits in a canon of predominantly white literature.

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer. He was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2020. Open Water was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. Brandon Taylor is an American writer and the senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. Real Life was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2020 and is being made into a film produced by and starring Kid Cudi. Brandon is also the author of the short story collection, Filthy Animals. Presented in partnership with Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester and hosted by Ellah P. Wakatama.


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Manchester Literature Festival - Digital Event
01/11/2021 13:00
Manchester Literature Festival DIGITAL Events Pass

1 – 14 November 2021

For the one-off price of £20 you can access all 21 of Manchester Literature Festival’s MLF DIGITAL events. This includes 6 events recorded at MLF LIVE in October 2021; special in conversations with leading novelists Elizabeth Strout, Bernardine Evaristo and Elif Shafak; intimate conversations with activists and environmentalists Rebecca Solnit, Dara McAnulty, Gina Martin & Jeremiah Emmanuel; inspiring discussions with emerging writers Caleb Azumah Nelson, Brandon Taylor, C Pam Zhang & Bryan Washington; new poetry commissions by Northern writers; and Alice Albinia and Maxine Peake discussing  archipelagos, mother nature and majestic women.

All events will be available to view from Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021. You can view full details of the MLF Digital Events Programme here: https://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/events

Manchester Literature Festival - Digital Events
01/11/2021 13:00
CWEN: Alice Albinia & Maxine Peake

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

‘Of course, everybody knows how hard it is to countenance the idea of women-only gatherings, women-only groups. The mere sight of women assembling en masse makes certain people, women as well as men uneasy. Queasy.’ In Alice Albinia’s inventive novel Cwen, Eva Levi, founder of a gynotopia on an archipelago off the east coast of Britain has disappeared, feared dead. The inquest reveals a group of women from all backgrounds and the challenges they faced, while behind them lies Cwen, uniting the earth and female power. Alice Albinia is the prize-winning author of two other books, Empires of the Indus and Leela's Book. Over the past seven years, she has travelled around the edges of Britain, from Orkney to Anglesey, piecing together ancient, medieval and modern tales of islands ruled by women. Her non-fiction book, The Britannias, will be published in 2023. She will be in conversation with actor, writer and activist Maxine Peake. 

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Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 29 September at 10am.

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01/11/2021 13:00
From Manchester with Love: Paul Morley in Conversation

Hosted by LoneLady  

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50
              
This event was recorded live at HOME on 9 October 2021

‘Superficially Wilson was a provocative liberal arts entertainer, minor music-industry player, capricious cultural theorist and abstract, self-celebrating know-it-all’ but in Paul Morley’s stunning biography From Manchester with Love, The Life and Opinions of Tony Wilson, the legendary Anthony H. Wilson is revealed in all his complex, contradictory glory. Founder of the Haçienda and co-founder of Factory Records, Wilson shaped Manchester’s music and cultural scene as much as the city shaped him. Writer, broadcaster, and cultural critic Paul Morley was one of Wilson’s closest friends and the man Wilson himself appointed to write his biography. Join us for an investigation into and celebration of Tony Wilson and the city he loved. Paul will be in conversation with LoneLady.

Julie Campbell a.k.a LoneLady is a musician, songwriter, singer and producer from Manchester. Inspired by British post-punk, she first started making recordings in the early-mid 2000s on a 4-track cassette recorder in her towerblock flat in the city. LoneLady has released 3 critically-acclaimed albums on Warp records - Nerve Up (2010), Hinterland (2015) and Former Things (2021). Presented in partnership with Faber Members.  

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01/11/2021 13:00
Jeanette Winterson: 12 Bytes

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mark O'Connell was unable to take part in this event. This recording features a conversation between Jeanette Winterson and Kate Feld.

This event was recorded live at Central Library on 9 October 2021  
 
‘How did we get here? Where might we go?’ Is the future ‘a screen onto which we project our fantasies and terrors’? What can the past tell us about the future? Are we all doomed? And what’s gender got to do with it? Jeanette Winterson’s latest book 12 Bytes considers our relationship with AI, how it might develop and what we need to know. In Notes from an Apocalypse Mark O’Connell (To Be a Machine) spends time with preppers, rewilders and people who want to colonise Mars. Join us for what’s sure to be a fascinating discussion about what humanity might do next. Jeanette is the author of 10 novels for adults, as well as children’s books, screenplays and non-fiction, including the bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Mark’s first book To Be a Machine won the Wellcome Book Prize in 2018. Presented in partnership with Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester and hosted by writer Kate Feld.

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Manchester Literature Festival - Digital Event
01/11/2021 13:00
Monique Roffey & Ingrid Persaud

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50


This event was recorded live at Central Library on 10 October 2021 
 
‘Later I saw that change came as change always comes, from a chain of events with a long history, too long to see from back to front, till it come.’ In The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey’s Costa Book of the Year winner, the life of David, one of the island’s fishermen, is disrupted when he saves Aycayia, a mermaid, from her captors. While in Ingrid Persaud’s Love After Love, Betty Ramdin invites Mr Chetan to lodge with her and her son Solo following the death of her husband/Solo’s father. The creation of a new, unconventional, family changes all of their lives. Two award-winning Caribbean novelists join us to discuss determined women, magical writing, family and place. Monique Roffey is the author of seven books including The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, which was shortlisted for The Women’s Prize. Ingrid has won both the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. Hosted by writer Kate Feld.

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01/11/2021 13:00
Elif Shafak in Conversation

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

This event was recorded live at Central Library on 10 October 2021
 
A fig tree with a tale to tell; a grieving teenage girl who wants to know her family’s story; two sets of lovers hiding from society. In her enchanting new novel, The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak considers how the story of humans and the natural world are entwined. Set in London and the island of Cyprus, Elif explores roots, trauma and how understanding ourselves and our history can be healing. Elif is a British-Turkish novelist, feminist and activist and we’re delighted to welcome her back to MLF. The author of 19 books, translated into 54 languages, Elif’s previous novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by the BBC as one of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. Elif will be in conversation with Ellah P Wakatama.

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Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 29 September at 10am.

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01/11/2021 13:00
An Evening with Alan Johnson

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50


This event was recorded live at Central Library on 10 October 2021
 
Much-loved former Labour MP Alan Johnson makes a welcome return to MLF. Following his series of successful memoirs – This Boy, In My Life, The Long and Winding Road and Please, Mr Postman, Alan has turned to fiction, joining us to discuss his thrilling debut novel The Late Train to Gipsy Hill. Featuring a Ukrainian waitress mixed up in a poisoning plot and an administrator who finds himself on the run from Russian secret agents and the Met, it’s an enthralling, smartly written, page turner. Alan will discuss his passion for plot-twists, politics and writing with host Ellah P Wakatama.

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Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 29 September at 10am.

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01/11/2021 13:00
An Evening with Bernardine Evaristo

DIGITAL EVENT
Available to view Monday 1 November, 1pm – Sunday 14 November, midnight 2021
Tickets £7.50

This event was recorded live at HOME on 11 October 2021
  
The first Black woman and the first Black British author to win the Booker Prize for her stunning novel Girl, Woman, Other, Manchester Literature Festival is thrilled to welcome Anglo-Nigerian writer Bernardine Evaristo for a special event to celebrate her new book Manifesto: On Never Giving Up. Bernardine has spent three decades as a trailblazing writer, mentor and activist and Manifesto is her intimate and inspirational, no-holds-barred account of how she did it. Bernardine will discuss her ground-breaking work including her many brilliant novels (Mr Loverman, Blonde Roots), her poetry and her theatre dramas with fellow writer and MLF Patron Jackie Kay. This event is sponsored by Weightmans.

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Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 29 September at 10am.

Manchester Literature Festival - Digital Event
01/11/2021 13:00