Manchester Literature Festival has just announced a pair of top events for its spring season in Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn in conversation with Jeanette Winterson and self-proclaimed ‘author, broadcaster, scientist, geek’ Adam Rutherford coming early next year. Described as ‘the Alan Bennett of pop memoirists’ by Caitlin Moran, Thorn will be speaking about her life in music at The Dancehouse and forthcoming memoir ‘Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia’. Prompted by her original diaries, it charts her return to Brockwell Park and her reflections and observations on her own youth, her parents, her kids, growing older, motherhood, class, culture, commuter towns, female pop icons, music and creativity. Inside Science’s Rutherford meanwhile will be at University Place to discuss his new work ‘The Book of Humans: 4 Billion Years, 20,000 Genes and the New Story of How We Became Us’ with Matthew Cobb, author of Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code. In this new exploration of science and humanity Adam explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not.
Adam Rutherford: Thu 17 Jan, University Place, 178-186 Oxford Road, M13 9PL. Tel: 0161 275 8951. 7pm, free (booking advisable), www.eventbrite.com
Tue 26 Feb, Tracey Thorn, The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5QA. Tel: 0161 237 9753. 7pm, £12/10 (£24/22 with book). MLF members (£20 a year fee) can book now on 0843 208 0500. General booking will open on Monday 3 December.
Published on: Thu 10 Jan 2019