Friday, September 27, 2013

Manchester Literature Festival loves poetry - programme for 2013 is packed with treats for poets and readers


September 26, 2013
Manchester Literature Festival Newsletter
Spotlight on poetry at MLF 2013 

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Poet Elaine Feinstein c. Nigel Sutton
Manchester Literature Festival loves poetry, and our programme for 2013 is packed with treats for poets and readers alike.
 Hear Elaine Feinstein, CK Stead and Michael Hulse, and Conor O' Callaghan and Clare Shaw read and discuss their work at intimate events. 

Poets Ian McMillan and Owen Sheers share sport-inspired anecdotes in a sports bar, while Instituto Cervantes hosts Catalan poets Josep Llui­s Aguilo and Manuel Forcano. Join Iain Sinclair to consider the legacy of The Beats, or reflect on Sylvia Plath with Jackie Kay and Ali Smith.

Poets & Players, Young Enigma and the Superheroes of Slam final rounding out the bill, we celebrate the diversity and range of poetry in 2013.  
  Box office update: These events now sold out 

Tickets for the 2013 festival have been booking especially briskly this year. Here's an update on what events are now fully booked:

Neil Gaiman
The Palace of Curiosities
A Highland Romance Poetry Performance
The Little Red Hen
Graphic Novelists

Poetry & Medicine Workshop
A Celebration of Barbara Pym
Eoin Colfer
The Manchester Man Walking Tour
The Great Gatsby Uncovered
Northern Classics Literary Coach Tour
Owen Sheers
Malorie Blackman

Several other events are very close to selling out at time of writing, so prompt booking is advised. We may be releasing additional tickets closer to the time for a few events. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to ensure you stay up to date on ticketing.

The latest from Chapter & Verse 
  The Bookshop Band c. Owen Benson 
Recently on MLF's new blog, Chapter & Verse, we've interviewed Ben Please from The Bookshop Band (pictured), who'll be performing at our Patrick Ness event October 8. 

We've also gotten to know Festival team members Liz Postlethwaite and Jane Mathieson, and published a full recap of our fantastic Jo Nesbo event on 13 October. During the festival, we'll be publishing regular reviews of MLF events from our team of volunteer bloggers and young digital reporters, so visiting our blog is a great way to keep up with what's been happening during #MLF13. Happy reading.

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The Festival Team

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