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Manchester Literature Festival: Asking Writers For Answers



The contemporary world is turbulent, as the media reminds us daily. Multiculturalism has resulted in fewer boundaries than we used to have, technology has broken down borders, and as we are able to communicate with people all over the world in an instant via the internet you could say humankind has more common concerns nowadays. At the same time there has been a rise in nationalism and anti-immigration discourse, which questions whether our world is as inclusive as we may have believed. All over the world, people raise questions about what surrounds them. All over the world people are searching for answers.


Perhaps writers can contribute to the discussion and offer input and ideas that we may not have considered. Dozens of regional, national and international authors, from a variety of sectors, such as music, literature, fashion, politics, sciences and more, will meet in various places in Manchester to discuss important issues like racism, political injustices, discrimination, immigration and multiculturalism. Between 7th and 23rd October 2016, the Manchester Literature Festival will host more than 80 extraordinary events.


Prestigious authors as Jackie Kay, Lemn Sissay, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood, Lionel Shriver, Anne Enright, Tracy Chevalier and Kamila Shamsie will converse on global problems and different ways of life. Alongside these thinkers, the festival will gather together astonishing guests, such as the legendary former guitarist and songwriter of The Smiths, Johnny Marr, the talented and awarded actor Alan Cumming, and the eminent politician Alan Johnson. Vivienne Westwood, international designer, will share her passion for fashion and style, while science writer Yuval Noah Harari will talk about artificial intelligence and future inequality. Jean Sprackland, one of the UK's most important poets, will speak about his new poems inspired by journeys on British canals. Novelist Deborah Levy will perform her original recent work.


The young audience won’t be left out; in addition to the main events, Manchester Literature Festival has activities for children and young people. Younger readers will be entertained by Michael Rosen and Valerie Bloom - brilliant children’s poets - theatre adaptations of illustrated books, and marvellous workshops. Thanks to interesting projects dedicated to the kids - such as 'Story Time with Dad', 'Digital Reporters' and 'Writing Squad' - the Manchester Literature Festival will be able to inspire the new generation to love books.


You can book the tickets using Quaytickets, which you can find on: https://www.quaytickets.com/mlf/Online/default.asp


Article by Alessandro Volpino

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