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What’s On: Literary Events Calendar – November 2020

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As we enter the second wave of national lockdown here are our top picks of online literary events happening this month to keep you on your toes.


Melmoth’s Afterlives

4th November, 4:30pm | Tickets

Join Matt Foley and Catherine Elkin (Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies) in an event hosted by Manchester Met, with support from Romantic Bicentennials. Melmoth’s Afterlives offers a series of events that celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Charles Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820). Followed by a discussion of the legacy of Maturin’s novel in our contemporary moment by reading Sarah Perry’s critically praised Melmoth (2018)


Rachel Genn – What You Could Have Won!

5th November, 7pm | Tickets

Rachel Genn, a senior lecturer at Manchester Writing School, collaborates with the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at her latest book launch. Formerly a Neuroscientist, she has written two novels: The Cure, (2011) and What You Could Have Won (2020). Find out more about the event on the Manchester Writing School website.


Louder Than Words Festival

7th – 8th November | Tickets

Described as UK’s music-based literature fest, join #LouderOnLine2020. An on-line festival weekend bringing together authors, artists, poets, performers, lyricists, journalists, DJs, bloggers, publishers, fans and aficionados of music and popular culture for conversations, panel discussions, meet and greets, workshops and more! 


Rosie Garland: What Girls Do In The Dark

12th November, 7:30pm | Tickets

Join Rosie Garland for an online release of her latest poetry collection What Girls Do In The Dark, featuring readings from fellow poets Tania Hershman and Ian Humphreys.


Andrew McMillan – Photo by Adrian Pope / Todmorden Book Festival

Todmorden Book Festival

6th – 14th November | Tickets

Registration is now open for Todmorden Book Festival 2020, which will showcase an array of events and panel discussions with names like Andrew McMillan, Jonathon Porritt and Amanda Owen.


Homotopia Festival 2020

29th October – 15th November 2020 | Tickets

Join the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and cultural festival with their online events marked FREE live-streamed on both their YouTube channel and Facebook page. Ticketed packages and workshops are also available. For a preview of what is available check out A Lovely Word, featuring actor and writer Jade Anouka on headline duties, dishing up pieces from her debut poetry pamphlet Eggs on Toast and more.


The Stars Above Us

19th November, 7pm | Tickets

Join Amina Atiq, Cath Holland, Madelaine Kinsella and Saint Vespaluus at the spoken word to be held at The Mansion Calderstones Park. Organised by literature and reading organisation The Reader in bringing some of the most exciting poets and writers from the North West and beyond!


Multilingual London 

28th November | Tickets

Join the festivities with SOAS University of London and the Museum of London as they celebrate the languages of London. London is home to over 300 languages. Celebrate the variety with the city’s own writers. The event will showcase the vibrant mix of languages London-based writers use to weave real and imagined worlds.


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Meera Jacob

New to Manchester, currently doing my MA in Creative Writing, Novel Route at Manchester Met.

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