Plans are well and truly afoot for this year's Manchester Literature Festival, and I'm awfully excited about it kicking off good and proper on 14 October.
Firstly, last year I met lots of lovely talented blogger types by working on the Manchester Literature Festival blog as both a reviewer and an editor. For starters, there's that Cynical Ben chap and then there's that Parklover lady, and they're just sat atop the tip of a very immense iceberg, waving and smiling.
Secondly, I got to go to a stack of literary readings, from poetry in the halflight to prose in the Salford Lads Club. In fact, the festival opened many doors I'd never before been behind: circular side rooms in Central Library, the elaborate Lord Mayor's Parlour in the Town Hall, the voluminous Friends Meeting House in the city centre.
Thirdly, my knowledge of the current Manchester literary scene increased inconceivably. This has totally broadened my reading list from 2009 into 2010.
Fourthly, the Manchester Blog Awards are affiliated with the festival and take place during the whole shebang. Obviously I am endebted for ever more to this glittering shindig for raising the profile of this little old site by naming it "Best New Blog" and stamping it with the pretty pink seal of approval you now see at the top left corner. Nominations open soon for the Blog Awards 2010; let's speak no more of it (winks and doffs cap).
So, why am I telling you all this? Well, the new website is up and running for Manchester Literature Festival with details of all this year's events. I'm giddy with anticipation about the launch of the Bugged project, and I also have my eye on a few other dates. Tomorrow evening there is a meeting for anyone who fancies getting involved in the festival: it starts at 6pm and takes place at the new City Library in Elliot House on Deansgate. See you there.
Peruse the Manchester Literature Festival blog here (maybe this link takes you to one of my reviews, what of it?).
Hang out at the Manchester Literature Festival website here.
Follow Manchester Literature Festival on Twitter here. Use the hashtag #McrLitFest if you mention them, won't you.
Check out details of the Manchester Blog Awards here.