The Full Line up for Manchester’s Literature festival has now been revealed.
The eleventh annual festival taking place between Oct 7th-23rd eleventh annual festival is packed full of treats for lovers of every kind of great writing.
Get closer to novelists including Anne Enright, Gillian Slovo, Jonathan Safran Foer, Margaret Drabble, Lionel Shriver, Ann Cleeves, Rose Tremain and Jill Dawson.
Relax over tea and conversation with Jenni Murray, Tracy Chevalier, Alan Johnson and Jane Rogers, the festival’s Midland Hotel Writer in Residence.
Or enjoy poetry with Jackie Kay, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Lemn Sissay, Ian McMillan, Mona Arshi and Jean Sprackland.
Author Kamila Shamsie delivers the 2016 Castlefield Manchester Sermon, 2016 Man Booker-longlisted author Deborah Levy will respond to the Fashion & Freedom exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, and Ben Okri will deliver the inaugural MLF and Royal Literary Fund Lecture.
Elsewhere, great performers will be in the spotlight at events with actor and memoirist Alan Cumming, comedian Susan Calman, spoken word superstars Hollie McNish & Salena Godden, and guitar hero Johnny Marr who will be unveiling his long awaited autobiography.
The future of humanity will be on the agenda at events with historian and thinker Yuval Noah Harari and climate change activist, author and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, and the festival partners with Amnesty International to present writer and activist Sungju Lee.
The Literary Reputations strand delves into the legacy of Jane Eyre, the origins of the Existentialists and British counterculture, and explores the lives and work of canonical writers such as Beryl Bainbridge, Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith.
As ever, an array of literary-themed Weightmans Walking Tours will show you the city in a new light.
All events at the 2016 Manchester Literature Festival go on sale for general booking on August 15.