Celebrate writing at Manchester Literature Festival

Barton Arcade, Manchester cr Judy Darley

Barton Arcade, Manchester

Beginning today, the tenth annual Manchester Literature Festival promises numerous events celebrating writing in all its forms.

Highlights include novelists Margaret Atwood and Sarah Hall sharing disturbing visions of the future through their fiction, and Joanne Harris presenting a specially commissioned Writer’s Manifesto.

Words and music combine through unique collaborations with Manchester jazz festival and Manchester Camerata, an examination of WB Yeats influence on composers, and singer songwriter Kathryn Williams performing songs from her new album Hypoxia inspired by poet Sylvia Plath.

In another strand focusing on literary re-imaginings, with Anthony Horowitz introducing his new James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, and Jeanette Winterson launching her retelling of Shakespeare’s A Winters’ Tale. There’ll be discussions and literary strolls focusing on icons such as John le Carré, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Virginia Woolf, WB Yeats, and others.

Look out for theatrical adaptations of children’s picture books, an afternoon tea with Deborah Moggach, a screening of 45 Years – an adaptation of a short story by David Constantine – and much, much more.

Find full details at www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk.

Enter a DNA-themed Flash Fiction Competition

DNA cr Judy DarleyDNA – what does it mean to you? It’s the reason why some of us have curly hair and other have none, and helps some of us run faster than others. It contributes to our personalities, our strengths and weaknesses and how our lives will pan out. That’s a lot of power for a squirling double helix, and it’s now 60 years since Francis Crick and James Watson made the discovery that changed our understanding of ourselves forever.

To mark this anniversary, Creative Industries Trafford and Manchester Literature Festival are collaborating to host a Flash Fiction Competition to coincide with the festival that runs from 7-20 October 2013.

You’re invited to create a piece of flash fiction inspired by the theme of DNA. They say: “We are interested in all genres of fiction and themes of creation, mutation, evolution and transformation.”

Stories should be no longer than 500 words and you may enter more than once. Entry is free.

Email submissions to literature@creativeindustriestrafford.org by 5pm on Monday 16th September 2013.

Looking for inspiration? Read The DNA of Bats, a specially commissioned short story by author Jane Rogers.

Find out more about writing flash fiction.

Full competition details can be found here.

The winning entries will be featured online during Manchester Literature Festival 2013 and short-listed authors will be invited to read their stories at a special event on Saturday 12th October at Waterside Arts Centre. The overall winner will receive £50-worth of book vouchers.