Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library
St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
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Alan Hollinghurst

Man Booker-winner Alan Hollinghurst discusses his long-awaited sixth novel, The Sparsholt Affair.

Wed 11 Oct

£8–£10

Arundhathi Subramaniam

" Arundhathi Subramaniam " " *Monday 16th October, 1pm * Central Library " Arundhathi Subramaniam attended the first Manchester Literature Festival in 2006 and we are thrilled to welcome her back to the city to share her sensual and soulful poetry exploring the contradictory nature of living in a Third World…

Mon 16 Oct

Free

Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf & Clare Pollard

" Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf ">The Sea-Migrations** Saturday 7th October, 3.30pm Central Library " Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is fast emerging as one of the most outstanding Somali poets. Although she has lived in exile in the UK for twenty years, through recordings, TV and the internet, her poems are well-known among…

Sat 7 Oct

Free

Elif Shafak & Nadeem Aslam

" Elif Shafak height: 300px; float: right;"/> ★★ Central Library " Two gifted, cosmopolitan novelists come together for an evening of boundary-crossing fiction, from Asia to Britain. One of the most widely read writers in her native Turkey, Elif Shafak’s nine acclaimed novels have been translated into 40 languages…

Sun 15 Oct

£6–£8

Family Reading Day: Ben Faulks

" Family Reading Day: Ben Faulks " What Makes Me a Me? What makes you a you? Are you like a sports car – lightning fast? Or maybe you're like a tree – do your arms stick out like branches? No? Then perhaps you're like a snail – very slow, especially when it's time for school! Ben Faulks (aka Mr Bloom from…

Sat 14 Oct

£4

Family Reading Day: Clare Foges & Al Murphy

" Family Reading Day: Clare Foges ">Bathroom Boogie " Clare Foges’ and Al Murphy’s follow up to their hugely popular Kitchen Disco, is the zany and hilarious rhyming picture book Bathroom Boogie. When the children go to school and the adults go to work, the tiles become a dancefloor, the light a disco ball. The…

Sat 14 Oct

£4

Family Reading Day: Ed Vere

" Family Reading Day: Ed Vere Grumpy Frog " Ed Vere is the author and illustrator of many award-winning books including Mr Big and Max the Brave (one of The Sunday Times 100 Modern Children’s Classics). Come and hear Ed introduce Grumpy Frog, an endearing new character who learns about compromise, tolerance…

Sat 14 Oct

£4

Family Reading Day: Kitchen Disco Storytime

" Family Reading Day: Kitchen Disco Storytime " Move your hips and shake your pips with our FREE lunchtime story session and fruity feast. You’ll sing songs, play some games and, most importantly, hear some brilliant stories at this relaxed session with free yummy fruit!  Places are limited so advance booking is…

Sat 14 Oct

Free

Family Reading Day: Michael de Souza

" Family Reading Day: Michael de Souza " Rastamouse Come and enjoy some rhyming fun with the marvellous Michael de Souza, co-author and creator of the Rastamouse book and TV series about a little mouse that likes to spread his universal message of caring and sharing. In this lively and interactive session, Michael…

Sat 14 Oct

£4

Harriet Harman

" Harriet Harman " " A Woman’s Work Thursday 12th October, 6.30pm Central Library " When Harriet Harman entered politics, a woman couldn’t sign for a mortgage and jobs were advertised at a lower ‘woman’s rate’. We’ve come a long way since then, but as Harriet shows in her new book, we have longer still to…

Thu 12 Oct

£8–£10

Hollie McNish & Jackie Hagan

" Hollie McNish width: 300px; height: 300px;"/> Join two captivating artists for an unforgettable evening of performance poetry. The winner of The Poetry Society’s 2017 Ted Hughes Award for New Work, Hollie returns to MLF to read from her wise, sometimes rude and piercingly candid new collection, Plum. In her debut…

Thu 19 Oct

£8–£10

Howard Jacobson

" Howard Jacobson " " Wednesday 18th Oct 2017, 7pm " " Central Library " Join us for an evening with award-winning Mancunian writer and critic Howard Jacobson, in conversation with MLF Patron and host Rachel Cooke about the art of satire and writing as resistance. Written ‘in a fury of disbelief…

Wed 18 Oct

£6–£8

In Person: World Poets Film Screening

" In Person: World Poets Film Screening " " Introduced by Neil Astley width: 300px; height: 300px;"/> *Wednesday 11th October, 1pm * Central Library " To celebrate the publication of the new Bloodaxe DVD-anthology, In Person: World Poets, we are delighted to present a special film screening featuring some…

Wed 11 Oct

Free

Jennifer Egan

" Jennifer Egan " " Wednesday 15th November, 7pm Central Library " Acclaimed American author Jennifer Egan makes a rare UK visit to talk about her forthcoming novel, Manhattan Beach – her first foray into historical fiction. Set during the Depression and then the war, it tells the story of Anna Kerrigan, a…

Wed 15 Nov

£8–£10

Michael Symmons Roberts

" Michael Symmons Roberts Mancunia " " Friday 20th Oct 2017, 6:30pm " " Central Library " In his eagerly anticipated seventh collection, Michael Symmons Roberts shows us a place at once familiar and strange. Mancunia is located where real crosses unreal, a Manchester of the mind: occupied, abandoned…

Fri 20 Oct

£5–£7

Refugee Tales: Volume II

" Refugee Tales: Volume II With Caroline Bergvall, Kamila Shamsie width: 300px; height: 300px;"/>By sharing our stories, we have the power to transform the world. Amid a global migration crisis, the Refugee Tales project was conceived as a way of giving voice to people who have been held in indefinite immigration…

Mon 16 Oct

£6–£8

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Join Reni Eddo-Lodge for a discussion about her critically acclaimed book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – an urgent and powerful analysis of race in Modern Britain from one of the country’s most inspiring young journalists. Taking its title from the viral blog post that voiced the frustrations of…

Fri 13 Oct

£6–£8

Roddy Doyle

 Join us for an intimate conversation with one of Ireland’s best-loved writers, Roddy Doyle, discussing his books, his film adaptations, and his forthcoming novel, Smile. It tells the captivating story of Victor Forde, for whom a chance meeting in a pub conjures up long-buried childhood memories – and it’s a book about…

Sun 8 Oct

£8–£10

The Things I Would Tell You

" The Things I Would Tell You " " Asma Elbadawi, Nafeesa Hamid, Hibaq Osman height: 300px; float: right;"/> *Sunday 15th October, 4.30pm * Central Library   " The Things I Would Tell You is an anthology that features 22 British Muslim Women Writers whose stories and poems transcend time, place and…

Sun 15 Oct

£6–£8

Will Self

" Will Self " " *Tuesday 10th October, 6.30pm * Central Library * * " A sharp-eyed, merciless commentator on modern times and modern mores, from the sublime to the ridiculous – no one writes quite like Will Self. Join us for a conversation with the cult author, broadcaster and critic about his new novel…

Tue 10 Oct

£8–£10

The Writing Squad

"       Tuesday 17th Oct 2017, 12:30pm Central Library     " Is reading for six minutes as good for you as five a day or a brisk walk? We think so, especially if it is about you, about where you live. Come and hear six minute ensembles written and performed for Read Manchester by the brilliant children from…

Tue 17 Oct

Free

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