Castlefield Manchester Sermon

Image of author Michael Morpurgo standing and smiling on stage at MLF 18

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

  • Image of author Michael Morpurgo standing and smiling on stage at MLF 18
  • 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 eighth Manchester Sermon, 'I wish for you', was written by author Michael Morpurgo and delivered at Manchester Cathedral on 12th October 2018. Michael was joined by host Rachel Cooke for a discussion about our relationship to and dependence upon our natural surroundings and our myopia regarding the growing threat of environmental disasters. The Manchester Sermon was co-commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Cathedral, and supported by Castlefield.

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

You can download the text of the sermons above.

Listen to an audio recording of Kamila Shamsie reading the 2016 sermon here.