Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Around the world in 16 days

Words by Sarah-Clare Conlon.

This year's Manchester Literature Festival includes a number of events badged in our World Literature category, and we will be welcoming to Manchester acclaimed authors from across the globe, many in conversation with leading homegrown writers.  

There will be short stories from Poland's Pawell Huelle and Croatia's Roman Simic, Icelandic and Kurdish poetry courtesy Arc Poets, three novelists - Ge Fei, Han Song and Wang Anyi - joining us from China, plus Jamaican-born Kei Miller, Peruvian essayist Fernando Iwasaki Cauti, Icelandic thriller writer Hallgrimur Helgason, Indian comic creator Samit Basu, and tales from Bombay, Brussels and Budapest in our Sex and the Cities event. Cities also feature in two discussions, city-pick Manchester and From St Petersburg to Manchester. From the States, meanwhile, we are pleased to present Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Michael Chabon and Richard Ford, and accomplished spoken word advocate Amiri Baraka.  

The online correspondence, meanwhile, between North West author Jenn Ashworth and Turkish writer Nirmin Yildirim continues apace in the run-up to their appearance together at Tanpinar Literature Festival in Istanbul on 1 October and the event at MLF on Saturday 20 October. Jenn's fourth letter has just been published on the Manchester Letters website: click here to read the latest missive and previous ones, and be sure to add your own comments!

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