Shriver to launch Manchester Literature

<p>Orange Prize-winning author Lionel Shriver will launch Manchester Literature Festival 2010, kicking off events that will run from 14th&ndash; to 25th October. Now in its fifth year, the programme will feature new work by Jeanette Winterson, as she is set to write the inaugural Manchester Sermon. Organisers intend a different author to take on the responsibility each year, with Winterson to deliver her Sermon in Manchester Cathedral on 21st October.</p><p>Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and former children&#39;s laureate Michael Rosen will also feature in the programme of 60 events that will take place in locations around Manchester.</p><p>TV writer and producer Paul Abbott and patron of Manchester Literature Festival said: &quot;I am delighted to be patron of such a ground-breaking festival that brings writers of international repute to the city. Since the festival began, it has not only nurtured emerging local talent, but has also provided these new writers with a valuable showcase for their work, which is so important in today&#39;s competitive market.&quot;</p><p>The festival will also celebrate Elizabeth Gaskell, author of classics such as <em>North and South </em>and <em>Cranford</em>, in her bi-centennial year with a literary coach tour of sites associated with her across the city. Nobel-prize winning poet Seamus Heaney is to close the festival.</p>