This year’s Manchester Literature Festival is entering its second week with a busy schedule at Waterstones on Deansgate.
On Monday 9 October, promising experimental authors Megan Hunter & Omar El Akkad read and discuss their critically acclaimed debuts, which both address the collapse of a future society. Tuesday sees aspiring writers come together in a Writers Group ahead of Nigeria’s most exciting young authors read and discuss their bittersweet novels on Wednesday.
Running Friday 6 to Sunday 22 October, Manchester Literature Festival takes place in a variety of venues from Central Library and Manchester Cathedral to Gorilla and the city’s many public squares.
Its many events touch on the increasingly important topics of activism, protest, citizenship, race, class, feminism, identity and our place in the world. Maxine Peake hosts Protest: Stories of Resistance, featuring writers Michelle Green, Courttia Newland and Kit de Waal; journalist, blogger and author Reni Eddo-Lodge talks about her book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race; Michael Rosen discusses his childhood adventures with his communist parents and his first forays into political theatre and activism; Howard Jacobson talks about the art of satire and writing as resistance to Trump; George Monbiot launches his new book Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics in an Age of Crisis; and Paddy Armstrong, one of The Guildford Four, talks about his new memoir Life After Life and how he rebuilt his life after the appalling miscarriage of justice.
Other highlights include Nigella Lawson and Jeanette Winterson muse on food, literature and pleasure, and Jon Savage talking Burgess, Punk and The Sex Pistols.