Now in its 17th year, Manchester Literature Festival has revealed yet another illustrious bill of authors, editors and screenwriters as headliners for its latest chapter this October. With discussions and interviews featuring Ian Rankin, Ruth Jones, Sheila Hancock and more, as well as an unmissable conversation between British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo, Manchester Literature Festival is set to be an incredible celebration of great modern writing.

Hosted by Julia Wheeler at HOME on 7 October, BAFTA award-winning Welsh screenwriter, comic and author Ruth Jones discusses her career, writing, playing strong characters, female solidarity both professionally and within her creative output, and her forthcoming novel, Love Untold.

Joining Alex Clark onstage at the RNCM on 9 October, beloved actor and writer Sheila Hancock explores her incredible career, her time in the North West, her new memoir, Old Rage, and the details of a life spent championing working class causes. On October 12, author Ian Rankin – known worldwide as the king of Scottish crime fiction – appears at the RNCM to discuss creating characters and writing space for his latest ‘Tartan Noir’ thriller, A Heart Full of Headstones, with poet and former Makar of Scotland, Jackie Kay. On 23 October, British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful shares his remarkable life, career and transformative effect on the fashion industry with Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo. British Vogue’s first black premier, Enninful discusses leadership, race, identity, beauty, culture and more in the context of his excellent new memoir, A Visible Man.

Check out the full headline slate and other events here.



Fri 7 Oct - Sun 23 Oct
Wolf McFarlane
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Wed 27 Jul 2022