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Margaret Atwood at Manchester Literature Festival

Written by Chris Routledge, 21st July 2009

Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood will be appearing at Manchester Literature Festival to launch her new novel The Year of the Flood.

Set in the same dystopian world as her previous novel Oryx and Crake, it tells the story of God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the preservation of all species. The Gardeners have long predicted the Waterless Flood, which arrives in the form of a global pandemic obliterating most of human life. The survivors are left to battle over an existence amongst themselves and the other gene-spliced life forms now running amok - will the human race make it, and more to the point, should it?

The event, a unique literary performance with music, is part of a selective UK tour to support the work of the RSPB & BirdLife International, and to raise awareness of species decline.

The event will take place at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday 1st September at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £8/£6 concessions are now on sale and can be booked through the box office on 0870 428 0785 or online, following this link.

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