To add to the delights of in-person events, MLF Digital, Manchester Literature Festival’s online programme returns for a second year, presenting a new line up of major and award-winning international writers including Elizabeth StroutTishani Doshi, Rebecca SolnitDara McAnulty, Bryan Washington, C Pam Zhang and Curtis Sittenfeld, plus a selection of highlights from this year’s Manchester Literature Festival LIVE. There will also be eight extra events that are completely free of charge to access. Here are our top three picks.

From Manchester with Love: Paul Morley in Conversation | Hosted by LoneLady | £7.50 | Mon 1 Nov

This event was recorded live at HOME in October. Mancunian musician, songwriter , singer and producer LoneLady dives into Paul Morley’s stunning biography From Manchester with Love, The Life and Opinions of Tony Wilson, in which the legendary Anthony H. Wilson is revealed in all his complex, contradictory glory.

Maxine Peake with Alice Albinia, discussing Albinia's novel Cwen | Mon 1 Nov

Prize-winning author of Empires of the Indus and Leela’s Book, Alice Albinia discusses her novel Cwen with Mancunian actor and activist Maxine Peake. Over the past seven years Albinia 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.

An evening with Bernadine Evaristo | Mon 1 Nov

This event was recorded live at HOME in 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 LovermanBlonde Roots), her poetry and her theatre dramas with fellow writer and MLF Patron Jackie Kay.

Mon 1 Nov - Sun 14 Nov, Online events
Brad Lengden
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Fri 1 Oct 2021