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An Evening with Chris Packham, The Lowry, reviewed by Emma Rhys

An Evening with Chris Packham: Growing Up Wild, The Lowry; May 9, 2016 I arrived at the Lowry early and was lucky enough to spot Chris Packham in his natural environment – or at least, natural to most of his species – eating lunch at the Tower Coffee Shop. He didn’t notice me. Perhaps if […]

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Kate Tempest in conversation with Dave Haslam, HOME, reviewed by Fran Slater

Kate Tempest in conversation with Dave Haslam, HOME, April 17 2016 Something feels a little bit special before the event even gets going. There’s a buzz in the room. You look around as Kate Tempest’s Everybody Down plays through the speakers and you see that the audience is made up of an interesting mixture of […]

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Irvine Welsh, The Dancehouse, reviewed by Fran Slater

Irvine Welsh in conversation with Kevin Sampson, April 3 2016 (Photograph of Irvine Welsh & Kevin Sampson, copyright Manchester Literature Festival) Entering The Dancehouse on this wet Sunday evening was a strange experience. We were here for a reading from a new novel and an onstage interview with its author, but the size of the […]

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Steve Roggenbuck at The Eagle Inn, reviewed by Lucy Burns

As part of my current project of ‘working on anything except my PhD’, I’ve been revisiting a conference paper I gave last year. The paper was on internet poetry and cuteness (and will hopefully resurface at some point) and uses Steve Roggenbuck’s poetry and the anthology, The Yolo Pages (Boosthouse, 2014) to make a claim […]

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Welcome to Night Vale, Albert Hall, reviewed by James D Ward

Welcome to Night Vale Albert Hall, Manchester, 24/09/2015     Podcasts are simply radio for our on demand times, so it’s appropriate that one of the more popular shows purports to be the broadcasts from a community station situated in an otherworldly part of the American Midwest. Welcome to Night Vale, with its mix of […]

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Catherine O’Flynn, reviewed by Caitrin O’Sullivan

Catherine O’Flynn at the Manchester Literature Festival Saturday 19th October Waterstones Deansgate   Drenched from the Manchester rain, I stumbled into Waterstones, Deansgate, to hear Libby Tempest warmly introduce the novelist Catherine O’Flynn. I seemed to be the only one in the room lucky enough to be caught in the sudden thunder and lightning, but I […]

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Deborah Levy & Sarah Hall, reviewed by Sarah-Clare Conlon

Deborah Levy & Sarah Hall Thursday 17 October, 7.30pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation   While live Tweeting from Thursday evening’s celebration of the short story, it struck me that both quotes I picked out to share with the ether involved the word “great”. How fitting, I mused: more compact doesn’t have to mean less impact; […]

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Clare Shaw and Conor O’Callaghan, reviewed by Chloe Heard

Clare Shaw and Conor O’Callaghan, Manchester Literature Festival at Deansgate, reviewed by Chloe Heard The intimate surroundings of Waterstones was the chosen setting for a reading by contemporary poets Clare Shaw and Conor O’ Callaghan. With a rich northern twang Clare Shaw warmed up a gloomy Mancunian Friday with captivating wit and an insightful explanation […]

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A Passion for Sport: Ian McMillan and Owen Sheers, reviewed by Sara Allen

A Passion for Sport : Ian McMillan and Owen Sheers. Manchester Literature Festival at The Green, Oct 16th. Reviewed by Sara Allen   As I walk through the heavy doors of Manchester’s premier sports bar ‘The Green’ with its leather sofas, virtual golf machine and snooker tables, I can’t help but think it the most […]

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Elaine Feinstein in conversation with Michael Schmidt, Manchester, reviewed by Joe Carrick-Varty

Elaine Feinstein in conversation with Michael Schmidt, Manchester Literature Festival, 13.10.13.  Reviewed by Joe Carrick-Varty   Elaine Feinstein wrote her first poem when she was eight years old, ‘banging a ball against the garage door to create rhythm’. Who would have known that this Jewish child would flourish into one of the most influential poets […]

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I am I am I am: Jackie Kay and Ali Smith discuss Sylvia Plath, reviewed by Eve Foster

Literature Live – I am I am I am: Jackie Kay and Ali Smith discuss Sylvia Plath, Manchester Literature Festival at the Martin Harris Centre, Oct 13th, reviewed by Eve Foster Study windows bellied in Like bubbles about to break These were the opening images of Ali Smith and Jackie Kay’s thoroughly engaging discussion and […]

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Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Audrey Niffenegger, reviewed by Lauren Hill

Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Audrey Niffenegger: Manchester Literature Festival at Martin Harris Centre, October 13th, reviewed by Lauren Hill Tonight’s event, held at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, was a discussion between acclaimed novelist Jeanette Winterson (author of such works as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – 1985 – and […]

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Sarah Dunant, Manchester Literature Festival, reviewed by Danielle Page

Sarah Dunant, Friends Meeting House, Manchester Literature Festival, Friday 11th October, reviewed by Danielle Page Blood and Beauty is the latest masterpiece from the award winning and hugely renowned historical author Sarah Dunant, who graced the hall of the impressive and yet beautifully simply Friends Meeting House on Friday 11th October. Whilst her last 3 […]

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Jordi Punti, Manchester Literature Festival, reviewed by Theodora Gardouni

The Manchester Literature Festival: Jordi Punti Instituto Cervantes on Thursday, October 10th Theodora Gardouni “Maletes Perdudes” (“Lost Luggage”) is the latest award-winning novel of Jordi Punti, who is considered as one of the most important “voices” of Catalan Literature. While Punti is renowned for his short stories, he chose to pleasantly surprise his readership, with […]

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Louise Doughty, Manchester Literature Festival, reviewed by Amy Carrington

Louise Doughty at the Manchester Literature Festival: 7pm, October 10th Amy Carrington Louise Doughty, an accomplished author, radio broadcaster and literary judge, walked confidently onto the stage at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, offering a warm practiced smile at the neatly arranged, mostly female, audience. The intimate event was part of the Manchester Literature Festival, […]

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Moniza Alvi & Nadeem Aslam, Manchester Literature Festival, reviewed by Lola Albarn

Lola Albarn Literature Live-Moniza Alvi and Nadeem Aslam, Oct 7th 2013 Moniza Alvi and Nadeem Aslam each read a selection of their work at the Martin Harris Centre on the 7th of October 2013; despite both being incredible writers, who have drawn upon their Pakistani heritage to inspire and shape their work, for me, Nadeem […]

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Adam Marek and Guy Ware, reviewed by Jaisal Marmion

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Wang Anyi, reviewed by Daisy Owens

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Adam Marek and Guy Ware, reviewed by Nathan Harrison

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Hallgrímur Helgason, reviewed by Tomas Doherty

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Wang Anyi, reviewed by Emma Snowden

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Hallgrimur Helgason, reviewed by James Watts

Upon seeing the phrase “A Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning” on my ticket, I instantly re-read it out of confusion. Would this event instruct me how to simply clean a house, or did clean have more sinister connotations? In all honesty, neither possibility interested me. A little research filled me with delight when I discovered that […]

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Guy Ware and Adam Marek, reviewed by Robynne Orley-Simmons

Manchester Literature Festival Event: Adam Marek & Guy Ware, Sunday 21st October, 3:00pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation I arrive early at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. I grab a coffee at the entrance cafe and head through to the small brick-walled adjoining room, taking a seat on one of the red velvet chairs in the […]

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The Manchester Letters, reviewed by Sean Doherty

Words with Friends The Manchester Letters Saturday 20th October 2012 International Anthony Burgess Foundation An interesting project, The Manchester Letters consists of a series of correspondences between UK writer and University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing alumnus Jenn Ashworth and the Turkish novelist (now based in Barcelona) Nermin Yildirim. Meeting for only the second […]

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Manchester Letters: Jenn Ashworth & Nermin Yildirim, reviewed by Jessica Holloway

It’s the morning of Manchester Letters and having never been to an event within the Manchester Literature Festival before, I am wracked with curiosity. What will the event be like? What types of people go to these sorts of events? Will it be obvious that I haven’t been to these sorts of events before? The […]

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Wang Anyi, reviewed by Cicely Abdy Collins

As I enter the International Anthony Burgess Foundation I realise I’m early for Wang Anyi’s talk on the subject of her novel, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow. The room is empty but Anyi soon enters and begins talking with the organisers from Manchester Literature Festival as well as members of Confucius Institute, an organisation that […]

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Manchester Letters: Jenn Ashworth & Nermin Yildirim, reviewed by Charlotte Rowland

Letters, landscapes and the truth behind truth: shifting the solitude of writing Manchester Letters: Jenn Ashworth & Nermin Yildirim Saturday 20th October Manchester Literature Festival 2012 By Charlotte Rowland It might look like letters and landscapes have nothing in common besides their alliterative beginnings. One’s intimate; one’s endless and vast. If one’s paper and letters, […]

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Tramlines, reviewed by Stephanie Thorpe

Review of Tramlines, Manchester Literature Festival International Anthony Burgess Foundation. 20th October 2012. Stephanie Thorpe 519 words I was not sure what to expect from an event named ‘Tramlines.’ I had looked into the event on the Manchester Literature festival website. I had visions of traipsing around Manchester’s tramlines being told stories as we go. […]

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Sex and the Cities, reviewed by Katie Blagden

“Sex and the Cities” Reviewed by Katie Blagden Friday 19th October International Anthony Burgess Institute 697 words When first given the ticket to review ‘Sex and the Cities’ my heart sank. I had horrible premonitions of having to listen to four ageing socialites talking about their latest sexual adventures in New York City. Thankfully, Sarah […]

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The Blog North Awards, reviewed by Dana Fowles

The Blog North Awards: a pleasant surprise Wednesday 17th October was officially the worst day of my life. I managed to lose my keys, bus pass, student card and some important notes. Then, I got home and my favourite picture fell off the wall and smashed into a million tiny pieces. I cried. . . […]

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Sex and the Cities, reviewed by Talitha Colchester

‘Sex and the Cities’ Friday 19th October, 7.30 pm, Anthony Burgess Foundation I arrive at the venue early (possibly for the first time in my life), so wait for proceedings to start in the trendy cafe cum bar cum all-things-Anthony Burgess bookshop. To all the fans of A Clockwork Orange (of which I’m sure there […]

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James Kelman, reviewed by Helen McCarthy

It felt a little bit like sacrilege to sit in the presence of James Kelman and not have a clue who he was. The rest of the audience had Americanos in their hands and serious, eager looks on their faces. And there was Kelman, loitering behind the stage and pouring himself a strong looking ale […]

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The Manchester Sermon: Ali Smith, reviewed by Gemma Fairclough

‘The Manchester Sermon: Ali Smith’, Thursday 18th October 2012, 7pm, Manchester Cathedral It is already dark outside when I arrive at the Manchester Cathedral for this year’s Manchester Sermon delivered by author Ali Smith, which is part of the Manchester Literature Festival. The only light inside the cathedral comes from the spotlights high in the […]

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Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange, reviewed by Debbie Headdey

Review of ‘Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange’ by Debbie Headdey As a true fan of A Clockwork Orange I was extremely excited to attend the lecture on the cult classic phenomenon; reverently held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and marking the fiftieth anniversary of its creation, the event had the potential to inspire […]

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Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange, reviewed by Emma Shaw

Celebration: Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange, with Dominic Sandbrook, Thursday 18th October, 7.00pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Words by Emma Shaw Last night, Dominic Sandbrook offered up a fiftieth birthday celebration of Anthony Burgess’s most enduring work.  Sandbrook provided a wide-ranging contextual history for both the book and Stanley Kubrick’s film, released ten years […]

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