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Chapter One Books

Manchester's best independent bookshops

Give local literary legends some love

Morley Book Wilson

Exclusive interview: Paul Morley on his long-awaited Tony Wilson biography

Andy Spinoza, who was there as it happened, interviews and reviews the biography of the...

A Shot From Peaceophobia An Immersive Theatre Experience About Islamophobia Coming To A Carpark In Association With Contact Theatre In Manchester

Top things to do in Manchester: September 2021

Loads of music, theatre and festivals for the month ahead

A Dashing Picture Of Primal Scream Frontman Bobby Gillespie Who Will Be Discussing His New Book Tenement Kid At The Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester Literature Festival announces headliners for autumn return

Award-winning writers will join famous musicians on the bill

A Snapshot Of The Twenty Thousand Political Books Lining The Big Ben Lying Down Installation As Part Of Manchester International Festival In Piccadilly Gardens

MIF21: 20,000 free political books up for grabs in Piccadilly Gardens

Here’s how to get your hands on one of them

2020 12 07 Manchester City Of Lit Branding 2

Manchester City of Literature unveils new look and exciting plans

“We want a city that celebrates its diverse voices and where literary activity changes lives”

2020 11 18 Book Review Owen Street Towers 2019

Manchester: Something Rich and Strange – book review

Danny Moran on this new collection of mind-opening perspectives on urban life

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Marcus Rashford launches book club to help children ‘escape through reading’

Fresh from his free school meals victory, the footballer-activist now has a new goal

2020 10 29 Dave Haslam 2

Book of Dave - Danny Moran grills Manc legend Dave Haslam

They discuss culture under covid and his new book about Sylvia Plath

2019 12 09 Therme Water Resort Cgi 3

Galleries, gardens and gowns - there are LOADS of things to look forward to in 2021

Live entertainment venues, museum transformations, a poetry library…and that’s just for starters

2020 03 30 Manchester Skyline Meha Art

How you can enjoy Manchester’s arts scene at home

Theatres, galleries, museums, comedy, music, literature…culture has gone online

2019 01 24 Portico Prize Longlist Joe Fenn

Which bookshops and publishers are delivering in Greater Manchester?

Support local indies and avoid Amazon with our handy guide…

Anthony Burgess At Home I 009

Dystopian classics to modern crime: nine must-read Manchester novels

Fantasy, romance, sci-fi, comedy…we’ve got a genre for everyone

2020 03 04 Global Grooves

£8.6 million boost for Greater Manchester arts scene

From carnival arts to museums and festivals, 35 organisations will receive GMCA Culture Funding

2019 01 24 Portico Prize Shortlist Authors Andrew Brooks

Portico Prize winner announced - as literature scene continues to boom

From new publishers to bookshops and festivals, it’s a major year for literary Manchester

2018 04 26 Guy Garvey Credit Deirdre O’ Callaghan

Rockers, poets and Booker Prize stars: Manchester Literature Festival line-up revealed

Featuring over 100 speakers over seventeen days, MLF returns from 4-20 October

2019 08 05 Weekend Of Words

New literary festival announced for Victoria Baths

Weekend of Words launches at the Grade II* listed water palace on Friday 7 June

2019 03 08 Burnett Post Box Royal Mail 2

Local author Frances Hodgson Burnett honoured with special post box

Featuring quotes from ‘The Secret Garden,’ it was unveiled on Princess Street as part of...