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Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester Literature Festival supports and promotes the healthy live literature sector in Manchester. It runs an annual festival and, in collaboration with other agencies, various events throughout the year. We fund the organisation to deliver the festival, including promoting and administering a programme of events with local, national and international writers and developing innovative ways of promoting writers and writing.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £80,000
  • 2013-2014: £80,000
  • 2014-2015: £80,000

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Open Up - Lemn Sissay and Manchester Camerata

Poet Lemn Sissay was commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival to respond to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech. The resulting poems Open Up and Belong were performed at a special event which also featured Beethoven's String Quartet op.130 performed by Manchester Camerata principal players at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 19 October 2013.

Belong - Lemn Sissay and Manchester Camerata

Poet Lemn Sissay was commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival to respond to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech. The resulting poems Belong and Open Up were performed at a special event which also featured Beethoven's String Quartet op.130 performed by Manchester Camerata principal players at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 19 October 2013.

MLF Family Reading Day

Highlights of Manchester Literature Festival's Family Reading Day at Manchester Town Hall on Sunday 21st October 2012, featuring Juliet Clare Bell, Carrie Burnell, Alex Winters, Tom Palmer, Sita Brahmachari, V Campbell, Theatreworks Arts Lab and Oldham Theatre Workshop. Filmed by Salford University students Michaela Roy and Brittany MacRae. Supported by the Granada Foundation.

Kei Miller: A Rake's Progress

Kei Miller performs from his commissioned poem responding to the Hockney to Hogarth: A Rake's Progress exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery as part of Manchester Literature Festival 2012. You can read the full text of the poem at http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/mlf-commissions

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MLF 2012 teaser

Manchester Literature Festival 2012 Trailer

Sacred Hearts performance at Manchester Literature Festival 2011

Sarah Dunant's Sacred Hearts was performed for one night only at Manchester Cathedral as part of the 2011 edition of the Manchester Literature Festival. The drama takes place in 1570 in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the northern Italian city of Ferrara. It tells the story of Serafina, a hot-headed 16 year old condemned to convent life for a forbidden flirtation with an unsuitable man, and the scholarly Zuana resigned to a similar fate following the death of her father. Their triumphs and defeats as they struggle to adapt to the rigid lifestyle are vividly portrayed in this moving story. The performance was filmed and edited by Cornerhouse as part of the Arts Council funded Broadcast project.

Travellers Tales by Kate Fox

A poem by Kate Fox specially commissioned to launch Manchester Literature Festival 2011.

LUSTRE

Lustre, John Siddique Inspired by pottery from the exhibition, Exporting Beauty: Pilkington's Pottery and Tiles 9 October 2010 - 9 October 2011, Manchester Art Gallery Commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Literature Festival 2010 Film made by Maria Gabriella Ruban and Julian Tait, Littlestar Media Production Ltd Music by Katie Chatburn, www.katiechatburn.com

Interview with Atef Abu Saif Part 1

Interview with Gaza-born author Atef Abu Saif, recorded for and presented at the Manchester Literature Festival October 2009 with the support of Literature Across Frontiers.

Exclusive Morning

An Exclusive Morning by Atef Abu Saif, translated and read by Alice Guthrie. Produced by Manchester Literature Festival in association with Literature Across Frontiers.

Portrait Years

The Portrait Years by Atef Abu Saif, translated and read by Alice Guthrie. Produced by Manchester Literature Festival in association with Literature Across Frontiers.

Interview with Atef Abu Saif Part 2

Interview with Gaza-born author Atef Abu Saif, recorded for and presented at the Manchester Literature Festival October 2009 with the support of Literature Across Frontiers. Part 2

god is a manc

Short video of the poem 'God is a Manc' by Mike Garry, created for the interactive video installation 'Call Me Busker' for the 2009 Manchester Literature Festival and part of the Made in England project supported by Arts

Manchester Literature Festival 09 - Selected Highlights

Selected highlights of the Manchester Literature Festival 2009.

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Contact details

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Beehive Mill
Jersey Street

Manchester
M4 6JG

53.484711, -2.22427

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