One of the highlights of Manchester Literature Festival (alongside talks by Mark Haddon and Zadie Smith) is a discussion between Oranges are Not the Only Fruit author, Jeanette Winterson, and The L Word screen-writer, and best-selling novellist, AM Homes. For this special event, audience members can take part in a discussion of gender and imagination in modern literature and wider society. With novels that focus heavily on sexuality, personal identity and gender roles, Winterson has become one of the foremost British novelists. She now finds herself back in her hometown of Manchester as head of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester. The huge, international success of  US TV series, The L Word, scripted in part by Homes, highlights our ongoing interest in gender roles and sexuality in Western society. The result looks set to be one of the most lively debates at this year’s festival.

Mon 22 Oct, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Bridgeford Street, off Oxford Road, M13 9PL, 6.30pm, £12/£7. Tel: 0843 208 0500,

Mon 22 Oct
James Wise
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Sun 14 Oct 2012