6th - 22nd October 2017

Castlefield Manchester Sermon

Image of Elif Shafak delivering the Gaeia Manchester SermonJon Parker Lee

Ali Smith delivers 2012 Manchester Sermon

Jeanette Winterson delivers 2010 Manchester Sermon

Andrew Motion discusses 2011 Manchester Sermon with Rev Richard Coles

Lionel Shriver discussing Manchester SermonLionel Shriver - copyright Chris Payne

Author Audrey NiffeneggerJon Parker Lee

Author Kamila Shamsie at Manchester CathedralJon Parker Lee

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

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.