Manchester Literature Festival has announced its full Autumn Programme, designed to ‘celebrate imagination, creativity and ideas; offering new perspectives from which to view our fast-paced shifting world.’

The festival will take over an array of the city’s most beloved venues this October, including Manchester Art Gallery, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Central Library, Contact, HOME and The Lowry.

This year’s line-up includes Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Deborah Levy, Max Porter, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Elif Shafak, Kate Mosse, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Simon Armitage, Natalie Haynes, Annie Macmanus, Afua Hirsch, George Monbiot, Gaia Vince, Jeremy Deller, Lisa Nandy and Yanis Varoufakis.

Preview and Bookend events include Arlo Parks (Sat 9 Sep), Lemn Sissay (Sat 16 September), Yanis Varoufakis (Tue 26 September), Thurston Moore Fri 17 Nov), Doon Mackichan (Mon 20 Nov) and Naomi Alderman (Wed 29 Nov).

Festival highlights include internationally acclaimed author Kate Mosse delivering a special ‘How to Write Historical Fiction’ masterclass, an in-conversation with novelist Deborah Levy and cult author Max Porter performing a dramatic abridged reading complete with live electronic score.

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff will also be in conversation, as will Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard, Turkish-British novelist Elif Shafak returns to the festival to discuss the writers and poets that have inspired her and award-winning actor Richard Armitage will share more about his debut thriller, Geneva.

Singer, songwriter and poet Arlo Parks joins for an intimate event to launch her poetry collection The Magic Border, as does Award-winning writer, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay with his latest poetry collection Let the Light Pour In.

You can find the full festival programme here and book specific event tickets here.

Sat 7 Oct - Sun 22 Oct
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 15 Aug 2023