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Manchester Literature Festival is excited to welcome Douglas Stuart, Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain, to launch his eagerly anticipated new novel.

Set in Glasgow in the 1990s, Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart is the deeply moving story of the dangerous first love of two young men and their dream to escape the hyper-masculine and violently sectarian world of the city’s housing estates. Written with the same warmth, dark humour and compassion as Douglas’s debut, Young Mungo is a gripping and powerful novel about the push and pull of family, the painful traps of poverty, addiction and inequality, the dangers of being different, the violence faced by so many queer people, and the resilience of the human spirit.  

Doulas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he moved to New York where he began a career in fashion design. His debut novel Shuggie Bain won the 2020 Booker Prize, the Fiction Debut Award and the overall Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Douglas is currently working on the script for the Television adaptation of Shuggie Bain, to be directed by Stephen Daldry.  

Hosted by MLF Patron, poet and fellow Glaswegian Jackie Kay. Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing, Creative Manchester and Waterstones Deansgate. 

Copies of Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart will be available to collect from the Waterstones bookstall before the event.  


“Few novels are as gutsy and gut-wrenching as Young Mungo in its depiction of a teenage boy who finds love amid family dysfunction, community conflict and the truly terrible predations of adults. Vividly realised and emotionally intense, this scorching novel is an urgent addition to the new canon of unsung stories.” – Bernardine Evaristo 

“Stuart shines in familiar territory, writing profoundly about love, brutality, strength and courage.” – Newsweek


One of the North West’s most innovative literary festivals, Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) specialises in showcasing and commissioning imaginative writing from fiction and poetry to secular sermons. A firm believer in the transformative power of words and stories, MLF’s annual Festival includes some of the most interesting voices in fiction, poetry, literature in translation, song-writing, activism and culture. MLFs’ Young People’s Steering Group sits alongside Manchester Literature Festival’s Board of Trustees and helps to ensure that MLF’s programming and artist development activities are relevant to and meet the needs of young people.


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Contains strong language. Please note Douglas Stuart’s writing includes depictions of sexual content, abuse, addiction, homophobia, violence and sexual violence and these may be discussed as part of the event.

  • Price
    Ticket & a copy of Young Mungo £26 | Tickets £12 | Under 35s £10
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
    75-80 mins | Book signing to take place 5 mins after the event finishes
Date Time & Place
Tuesday 19 April 7:30pm
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