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Manchester Literature Festival: Joanne Harris - Why I Write

12 Oct 2015

Monday 19 October, 6.30pm at the Martin Harris Centre

Joanne Harris

Writing is, at the most basic level, an act of communication. But are writers thinking enough about how they connect with their readers? What are the social responsibilities of being a writer – and who should decide where the boundaries lie?

Writers Centre Norwich and Manchester Literature Festival present the latest instalment in the thought-provoking National Conversation, a series of discussions about how we produce and engage with writing.

Joanne Harris, the award-winning author of 14 novels including the bestselling Chocolat, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé and The Gospel of Loki, has created a modern manifesto for writers. Join her and our hand-picked panel as we discuss why writers write, why readers read, and what needs to happen for both groups to flourish.

This event will be chaired by Ellah Allfrey, former Deputy Editor of Granta and a judge for this year's Man Booker Prize. Panelists will include much loved poet and new University of Manchester Chancellor, Lemn Sissay.

This event will be BSL interpreted.

To book:

Tickets are priced at £8 / £6 and are available from:

  • Martin Harris Centre Box Office 0161 275 8951 (2-4pm weekdays) or
  • Online at Quaytickets

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