Friday, June 22, 2012

The countdown to Manchester's Literature Festival

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A number of literary heavyweights are appearing in the city's seventh literature festival, now a highlight of the cultural calendar

Carol Ann Duffy
The poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who is appearing at the Manchester Literature Festival, where she is patron. Photograph: Kazam Media/Rex Features

Manchester is looking forward to its literature festival this autumn with a host of big names, including Pat Barker, Richard Ford and Zadie Smith in the line-up.
The poet laureate and festival patron Carol Ann Duffy, will take place in an event at the city's neo-gothic town hall accompanied by a band of poet musicians. Zadie Smith will launch her new novel NW at a special event.
And Jeanette Winterson, who is Manchester University's new creative writing professor, will be in conversation with AM Holmes, the first event to mark her new role.
A series of events are taking place as part of the festival, in October. The rarely seen Pulitzer-prize winning author Richard Ford will appear at the Whitworth art gallery to talk about his new book, Canada, and the Booker prize-winner Pat Barker will be at Imperial War Museum North.
Other writers participating including Salley Vickers, James Kelman, Jonathan Harvey and Clare Balding, who will all speak about their work.
As well as the esteemed writers, there will be four new literary commissions and a "stimulating international strands" as well as a plethora of events that focus on families. Tickets for the seventh festival go on sale in August.
Carol Ann Duffy will perform with poetry band Little Machine in an event at the town hall. Ali Smith will present the Manchester Sermon.
Broadcaster Sue MacGregor will host an afternoon tea event at the Midland Hotel.
The festival's director, Cathy Bolton, says they have a fantastic line-up of literary heavyweights at this year's festival, but "we are equally excited to be introducing audiences to many international authors, who are already literary giants in their home countries."
Full piece at The Guardian

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