5th - 21st October 2018

Castlefield Manchester Sermon

Author Kamila Shamsie at Manchester CathedralJon Parker Lee

Image of Elif Shafak delivering the Gaeia Manchester SermonJon Parker Lee

Author Audrey NiffeneggerJon Parker Lee

Lionel Shriver discussing Manchester SermonLionel Shriver - copyright Chris Payne

Ali Smith delivers 2012 Manchester Sermon

Andrew Motion discusses 2011 Manchester Sermon with Rev Richard Coles

Jeanette Winterson delivers 2010 Manchester Sermon

  • Author Kamila Shamsie at Manchester Cathedral
  • Image of Elif Shafak delivering the Gaeia Manchester Sermon
  • Author Audrey Niffenegger
  • Lionel Shriver discussing Manchester Sermon
  • Ali Smith delivers 2012 Manchester Sermon
  • Andrew Motion discusses 2011 Manchester Sermon with Rev Richard Coles
  • Jeanette Winterson delivers 2010 Manchester Sermon

The seventh Manchester Sermon, 'Lights', was written by author Kamila Shamsie and delivered at Manchester Cathedral on 14th October 2016. Kamila was joined by host Jeanette Winterson for a discussion about resistance, despair, faith and how literature creates hope in times of conflict. The Manchester Sermon was co-commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Cathedral, and supported by Castlefield. Listen to an audio recording of Kamila reading the sermon here.

Previous Manchester Sermons have been delivered by Lionel Shriver, Ali Smith, Sir Andrew Motion, Jeanette Winterson, Audrey Niffenegger and Elif Shafak.

You can download the text of the sermons above.