A few months ago I was asked if I’d like to participate in a literary exchange with another writer – the Turkish novelist Nermin Yildirim. We’d write letters to each other, and our online relationship would culminate in a visit – me to Istanbul where I’d work with Nermin to give several readings and panel events at the Istanbul Tanpinar Literature festival, and Nermin would then travel here, to work with me at the Manchester Literature festival. Who would say no to that? I didn’t, obviously, and have been working on the Manchester Letters project for the past couple of months.
I don’t want to paraphrase the project too much, except to say I’m having a brilliant time, looking forward to October and you can read the first letters here – more will be added throughout the summer. We’ve already received some great coverage too. You can read an interview with me about the project with the fab Clare Conlon for the MLF blog here and the British Council wrote about us here.