What's on

The Abstainer. Ian McGuire in conversation with John McAuliffe

18:45 - 20:30 28 September 2021

Acclaimed author Ian McGuire will be discussing his latest novel The Abstainer - an epic story of revenge and obsession. Join for us an evening with acclaimed author Ian McGuire as he discusses his latest novel THE ABSTAINER with host John McAuliffe. They'll also be talking about the forthcoming BBC adaptation of Ian's Booker longlisted THE N..

Catching Comets

19:30 - 20:45 30 September 2021

After discovering a comet hurtling towards Earth, Toby snaps and turns into the action hero in his own movie on a mission to save the world from impending doom. Flashback a year: Toby is knocked off course when somebody crashes into his life. A disaster movie about falling in love. Or a rom-com about the end of the world. Catching Comets is..

David Olusoga OBE - From Bristol to Manchester: history and memory in our cities

12:00 - 13:30 05 October 2021

A panel discussion hosted by David Olusoga OBE, Professor of Public History About this event: The tearing down of the statue of Edward Colston in June 2020 prompted national and international conversations about public memorials. Is it ok to remove statues in our public spaces? How do we decide? Who should be part of the conversation? Hoste..

Quatuor Danel Lunchtime Concert

13:10 - 14:00 07 October 2021

Wolf Italian Serenade Borodin String Quartet No. 2 Two of the most tuneful classics of the string quartet repertoire open the Danels’ season in sunny mood. Hugo Wolf’s delectable Italian Serenade makes us regret he wrote so little instrumental music. Borodin’s Second Quartet was famously used in the 1953 Broadway mus..

Quatuor Danel Evening Concert

19:30 - 21:00 08 October 2021

Rott String Quartet in C minor Wolf Intermezzo Wolf String Quartet in D minor A rare chance to hear two ambitious Austrian string quartets from the orbit of Wagner: the five-movement, 35-minute quartet by composer-organist Hans Rott, followed by the no less ambitious D minor quartet by Wolf and his gorgeously melodious Intermezzo. Rev..

Jeanette Winterson & Mark O’Connell (Manchester Literature Festival)

18:00 - 19:30 09 October 2021

‘How did we get here? Where might we go?’ Is the future ‘a screen onto which we project our fantasies and terrors’? What can the past tell us about the future? Are we all doomed? And what’s gender got to do with it? Jeanette Winterson’s latest book 12 Bytes considers our relationship with AI, how it might develop and what we need..

An Evening with Alan Johnson (Manchester Literature Festival)

19:30 - 21:00 10 October 2021

Much-loved former Labour MP Alan Johnson makes a welcome return to MLF. Following his series of successful memoirs – This Boy, In My Life, The Long and Winding Road and Please, Mr Postman, Alan has turned to fiction, joining us to discuss his thrilling debut novel The Late Train to Gypsy Hill. Featuring a Ukranian waitress mixed up in a pois..

Elif Shafak in Conversation (Manchester Literature Festival)

16:30 - 18:00 10 October 2021

A fig tree with a tale to tell; a grieving teenage girl who wants to know her family’s story; two sets of lovers hiding from society. In her enchanting new novel, The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak considers how the story of humans and the natural world are entwined. Set in London and the island of Cyprus, Elif explores roots, trauma a..

An Evening with Colm Tóibín (Manchester Literature Festival)

20:00 - 21:30 14 October 2021

‘I can make no sense of the present. It is all confusion. I know nothing about the future.’ In his extraordinary new novel, The Magician, Colm Tóibín conjures up the past and the life of writer Thomas Mann. Against the backdrop of two world wars, Colm charts Mann’s rise to prominence and the story of his family life as he grapples with..

Leo Boix, Kayo Chingonyi & Andrew McMillan (Manchester Literature Festival)

18:00 - 19:30 15 October 2021

Three brilliant contemporary Vintage poets showcase work from their excellent new collections which all explore themes of grief, lineage, and love. Latinx poet Leo Boix’s Ballad of a Happy Immigrant travels from Buenos Aires to Merseyside to London, focusing on queer experience, family, displacement, and the sea. Kayo Chingonyi’s A Blo..