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Manchester Literature Festival partners with Centre for New Writing

(1 June 2017)

Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) announced that its already strong relationship with the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures’ Centre for New Writing has been officially recognised through the new sponsorship partnership. 

This partnership will help to raise the Festival’s profile on the international stage, helping to attract new investors, as well will providing access to some of our iconic buildings such as The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama and Manchester Museum.

Organisers of the Festival will also be able to draw on the knowledge and expertise of talented staff and students across many disciplines.

To mark the announcement of the new partnership, organisers have revealed a number of high profile writer events for this year’s festival, which went on sale for MLF members on 31 May and goes on general sale on 7 June. These include:

  • Britain’s leading human rights campaigner, Shami Chakrabarti, who will be in conversation with Eleanor Marx biographer Rachel Holmes on 22 October;
  • American author Armistead Maupin, who will be appearing at the Festival on 25 October;
  • Rebecca Solnit, who will be in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, author and Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, on 31 October.

Now in its 12th year, Manchester Literature Festival has continually built on its success. In 2016, the Festival featured 85 events and attracted 14,000 people.

2017 marks ten years of the Centre for New Writing. Over the course of the last decade, Manchester Literature Festival has enjoyed a fruitful affiliation with the Centre, co-programming events that have featured some of the greatest literary stars.

Professor Alessandro Scheisaro, Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, said: "The University of Manchester is committed to the cultural life of a great city and we are delighted now to formalise our longstanding relationship with one of this city's major arts initiatives, the Manchester Literature Festival. The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is an international leader in its field and looks forward to working with the Festival as it develops its international ambitions further and draws on our research strengths." 

Cathy Bolton and Sarah-Jane Roberts, Co-Directors of Manchester Literature Festival, said: “Over the past decade we have formed a strong relationship with the University’s Centre for New Writing, and look forward to working closer with the Centre’s Co-directors, Professor of Creative Writing Jeanette Winterson, and various lecturers and alumni. Their passion for imaginative writing and live literature is very much in alignment with our own at Manchester Literature Festival. Alongside bringing leading international authors to Manchester, we look forward to showcasing more emerging talent and developing a year round programme of activity that will provide opportunities for students and the people of Manchester to encounter and learn from the most inspirational writers and thinkers of the day.” 

Kaye Mitchell and John McAuliffe, Co-Directors of the Centre for New Writing, said: “We love working with Manchester Literature Festival and the authors they bring to our city. In the ten years of the Centre for New Writing, our co-programmed events with the festival have given our students first-hand experience of publishing; the festival engages our staff, as well as our students, with new work and it offers us opportunities to explore new ideas and new practices.” 

For full details and to book online please visit the festival website or call the MLF box office at Quaytickets on 0843 208 0500. 

  • You can also find out more about the Festival on the SALC website.