Manchester Literature Festival at Manchester Museum

Manchester Literature Festival, 9-17 October, is a celebration of imagination, big ideas, stories, and voices from around the world. We’re delighted to be hosting a number of events as part of the festival here at Manchester Museum.

Join author Anita Sethi for a free and welcoming workshop for writers of colour and those from low-income backgrounds. Explore how to observe and describe the natural world. Weather permitting, this workshop will also be partly a ‘walkshop’, incorporating a walk through the local area, learning to sharpen the observational powers of nature along the way.

Sunday 10 October, 11am -1pm

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In 2019, Anita Sethi was subjected to a race hate crime. In the aftermath, driven by a desire to be in nature, she walked the Pennine Way and subsequently wrote 'I Belong Here : A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain'. Anita joins Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum, for a conversation about her experiences.


Sunday 10 October, 2pm

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Three superb female poets whose work considers the body and women’s lives come together for a special showcase at the Museum. Mona will also be performing an extract from her forthcoming debut novel. This event is in partnership with Manchester Poetry Library.

Sunday 10 October, 4pm 

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Manchester poet & performer Lemn Sissay will be hosting a conversation with acclaimed biographer Rachel Holmes (Eleanor Marx) about Manchester activist, feminist and campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst and her strong connections to Ethiopia. Presented in partnership with Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.

Friday 15 October, 7pm

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