Monday, October 1, 2007

MLF Review Competition

MLF is inviting audiences to write a review of any events they have attended as part of this year’s festival. The best reviews will then be posted on this blog site and a special prize will be awarded to the most entertaining / informative review received by a member of the public.

The Prize

Courtesy of Vintage, we are offering a full set of Vintage Twins (that’s a £150 worth of essential classic and contemporary novels) to the winner of our review competition! To celebrate the relaunch of their prestigious Vintage Classics imprint, Vintage have produced a set of classic Twins. Each twin consists of two books: a specially designed limited edition of one modern classic title and one established classic work and have been carefully selected to provide thought-provoking combinations:

Frankenstein (Mary Shelly) & Sexing the Cherry (Jeanette Winterson)
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens) & Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
Tom Jones (Henry Fielding) & The Rachel Papers (Martin Amis)
Middlemarch (George Elliot) & Possession (A.S. Byatt)
What Maisie Knew (Henry James) & Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Inferno (Dante Alighieri) & Sabbath’s Theater (Philip Roth)
The Complete Fairy Tales (Brothers Grimm) & The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) & The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift) & Atomised (Michel Houellebecq)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostovsky) & Ripley’s Game (Patrica Highsmith)

Full details of the Vintage Twins can be found at:

How to enter the Review Competition

You can write a review of any event that is part of this year’s Manchester Literature Festival programme (4th – 14th October 2007). Reviews should be between 100 and 400 words in length and should give the reader a strong flavour of the event.

You might want to address the following questions: What did the author(s) read/talk about? How did the audience react? What was the atmosphere/venue like? Did the event make you think/laugh/cry/check your watch every 30 seconds /rush home to turn on the pc and start writing a new poem?

We want to hear your original perceptions of the Manchester Literature Festival, favourable or otherwise, but please bear in mind that we won’t be able to publish anything that might be deemed libelous!

All reviews should be sent within 3 days of the event taking place and emailed to

You may also attach a jpeg photo of the event to accompany your review if you have one, but don’t worry if you haven’t as the official MLF photographer will be out and about at most of our events.

Please ensure that your email also contains the following information:
* the title and date of the event you have reviewed
* your own name and contact details

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