23 - 25 October 2020

Castlefield Manchester Sermon

Picture of Gillian Slovo delivering the 2019 Castlefield Manchester Sermon.Gareth Lowe

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

  • Picture of Gillian Slovo delivering the 2019 Castlefield 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 ninth Manchester Sermon, 'Different Drummers', was written by author Gillian Slovo, and delivered at Manchester Cathedral on 18th October 2019. Gillian was joined by host Rachel Cooke for a discussion and consideration of what hope democracy?. The Manchester Sermon was co-commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Cathedral, and supported by Castlefield.

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

You can download the text of the sermons above.

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