A weekend to satisfy the literary-inclined among us, this Friday sees Gazan author Atef Abu Saif introduce his anthology, The Book of Gaza, which features the pen work of 10 Palestinian writers translated into English for the first time. He is joined by Abdallah Tayeh, a contributing writer in this literary map of Gaza that is drawn out for the reader through multiple stories, each taking place in a different part of the Strip. After whetting your appetite, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Manchester Independent Book Market (pictured) will be returning for its sixth year this weekend. Playing host to the most innovative and prolific independent presses in the North West, this year’s headlining poet Jess Green is joined by Gerry Potter as compere. There will be opportunities to sample poetry, novels, short stories and graphic novels, as well as hearing from the writers themselves in the performance area. Food and drinks will also be available.

Fri 6 Jun, International Anthony Burgess Foundation (Engine House), 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776, 7pm, FREE, www.anthonyburgess.org

Sat 7 – Sun 8 Jun, St. Ann’s Square (Orangery), Manchester, M2 7LF, holly.francis@commapress.co.uk, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, FREE, https://www.facebook.com

Fri 6 Jun - Sun 8 Jun
Edwina Chan
Published on:
Thu 5 Jun 2014