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MCR Lit Festival 2013, 7-20 Oct: A Growing Literary Feast

A MCR festival success story is filled with big names

Published on September 10th 2013.

MCR Lit Festival 2013, 7-20 Oct: A Growing Literary Feast

HERE are some headline acts from Manchester Literary Festival (MLF) this year. The festival is in its eighth year and after securing funding from HSBC has become one of the major literary festivals in the UK. 


Joanna Trollope in conversation with broadcaster Jenni Murray on her sparkling re-telling of Sense and Sensibility 

Lionel Shriver delivers the fourth Manchester Sermon 

Carlos Acosta, Roddy Doyle and Helen Fielding to launch new work 

Louis de Bernières celebrates Barbara Pym 

Special trailblazer event with Jo Nesbo marking the latest Harry Hole thriller 

Jackie Kay and Ali Smith explore the legacy of Sylvia Plath 

Jeanette Winterson talks to Audrey Niffenegger about myths, wonder, storytelling and the imagination. 

Rare opportunity to hear cult author Neil Gaiman read and talk about his new children’s novel 

Legendary crime writer Walter Mosley discusses the new instalment in his Easy Rawlins series.

Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Camerata present a special programme marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech including a response from Lemn Sissay.

Cathy Bolton, Director of Manchester Literature Festival, says: “Once again we are making Manchester the destination of choice for literature lovers this October; launching some of the hottest new books of the autumn season, and presenting an exciting series of bespoke commissions, talks and walking tours celebrating the city’s rich literary heritage and inquiring spirit.”

For a full listing check out the festival website.

Manchester Literature Festival, sponsored by HSBC Premier, takes place from 7 to 20 October 2013 at venues across the city.
Tickets on sale from early August - to find out more and to book visit the website or call 0843 208 0500.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Book WormOctober 18th 2013.

This post is not a rant but more of a head's up! Have just finished reading a very sneaky preview of the upcoming new book (The Good in Mister Philips) by Manchester writer P.A.Davies (author of Letterbox and George;A Gentleman of the road) and have to say that this is definitely a book I will be buying when it's published. It's an erotic thriller centred around a male escort and though (as expected) it is very steamy in places, it also carries a great overall storyline. The Good in Mister Philips is due out this winter and well worth a read I'd say :-)

Nicola AndrewsOctober 18th 2013.

I have read the whole manuscript so far and can only agree with what Book Worm has said above. It is VERY steamy in places but lacks the usual repetitiveness that you tend to find with an erotic novel. The book is certainly not all about the sex, albeit the sex scenes are very good. The book also boasts an interesting storyline which adds elements of anticipation, excitement and at times even humour to it's pages. I have already recommended this book to all of my family and friends. A lot of work and time have gone into the creation of the character of Mr Philips, and the story that weaves around his life as an escort, and this Is obvious when reading the book. I cannot wait to read the next instalment and I am looking forward to seeing this book on the shelves in the not to distant future!

Catherine WatsonOctober 19th 2013.

If you haven’t read anything by P A Davies, then what are you waiting for?? P A Davies is an amazing local author whose graceful flow, diction and unique style captivate his readers. I totally agree with the comments above so expect his third book, The Good in Mister Philips to be the page turner just like his other two books, Letterbox and George; A Gentleman of the road. Each book he writes is totally different and this one certainly will engage all your reading senses! The author has the ability to weave a tale that leaves you craving for more and yet again he does not disappoint in his new creation. Well written erotic novel, extremely arousing with well-developed characters and plot line (not your 50 shades rubbish!!) Really looking forward to reading the finished book this winter :-)

Mark GarnerOctober 22nd 2013.

is this a marketing medium?

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Book WormOctober 26th 2013.

Certainly not a marketing medium Mark, more a head's up of a very talented, home grown Manchester author ... definitely worth a read. And no, I am neither a relative or a friend, just somebody who bought one of his books from Waterstones, liked it and have been following his progress ever since!

Mark GarnerOctober 27th 2013.


Matt JOctober 28th 2013.

Ha! I read this and thought "shameless self promotion by the author", but still I went over to Amazon to check out some of his work. Wow! As a Manchester lad I felt compelled to purchase "LETTERBOX", a novel about the Manchester bombing. It was only £2.99 and my kindle was MORE than happy to add this little beauty to its collection. In short, it was a fantastic read which I found both educational and entertaining. The author has done some serious research on the subject and appears to have fun in the process. If this was a bit of self promotion by the author, then bravo. It worked on me. Im now heading back over to Amazon to check out what else he has on offer. Thanks "Book Worm".

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