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Find out what's been happening at the Centre for New Writing.

News from our alumni
6 October 2017
Our graduates have been extremely busy this month publishing, discussing and winning prizes for their writing.

Centre for New Writing is ten
8 September 2017
2017 marks ten years of the Centre for New Writing, based within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester.

Centre for New Writing students publish anthology of new writing
8 September 2017
The Manchester Anthology brings together the work of 24 talented new writers from The University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing.

Two Creative Writing Prizes Awarded to Alumna Saba Sams
10 August 2017
Congratulations to Centre for New Writing graduate Saba Sams, one of the four winners of the Brighton Festival 'Everyday Epic' short story writing competition.

Kamila Shamsie longlisted for Man Booker Prize 2017
2 August 2017
Kamila, who joins the Centre for New Writing in September 2017 as Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing, was recently named on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2017, with her latest novel Home Fire (2017).

Issue 18 of The Manchester Review live online
21 July 2017
The Manchester Review, the Centre for New Writing's online literary journal is now available.

Burgess Writer Fellows 2018 Announced
14 July 2017
Every year, the Centre for New Writing welcomes two Writers in Residence to be part of the programme for the spring term. In the past, these have included Colette Bryce, Nick Laird, Evan Jones, Marli Roode, Joe Stretch and Emma Jane Unsworth.

Manchester announces bid for UNESCO City of Literature status
15 June 2017
The City of Manchester has announced its bid to join the UNESCO Creative Cities network as a City of Literature – a prestigious designation that would celebrate the city's unique literary culture.

Vona Groarke Wins The Pigott Poetry Prize
7 June 2017
Senior Lecturer Vona Groarke has been awarded the Pigott Poetry Prize 2017 with her collection entitled Selected Poems.

Manchester Literature Festival announces The University of Manchester as its official Higher Education Partner.
31 May 2017
Manchester Literature Festival is delighted to announce that its already strong relationship with The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing has been recognised by a new sponsorship partnership.

Jacqueline Woodson and Jeanette Winterson to be honoured at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards
26 April 2017
Lambda Literary is pleased to announce that Jacqueline Woodson will receive Lambda's Visionary Award and Jeanette Winterson will receive the Trustee Award at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ("Lammys").

Geoff Ryman wins British Science Fiction Association Award
18 April 2017
Senior Lecturer Geoff Ryman's series of online articles, '100 African writers of SFF', has won the British Science Fiction Association Award for best non-fiction.

Ian McGuire wins the the 2017 RSL Encore Award
5 April 2017
Honorary Senior Lecturer and former Co-Director of the Centre, Ian McGuire has won the 2017 RSL Encore Award for his novel, The North Water (Scribner UK, 2016). The £10,000 prize has been awarded annually since 1990 for the year’s best second novel.

Vona Groarke inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame.
31 March 2017
Vona, who won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year award in 1993 and is now a member of Aosdána has been a lecturer at the Centre for New Writing since September 2007.

Alys Conran shortlisted for 2017 Dylan Thomas Prize
28 March 2017
Centre for New Writing graduate Alys Conran has been shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, in partnership with Swansea University.

Kamila Shamsie among award-winning authors joining Centre for New Writing
13 March 2017
The Centre for New Writing is set to welcome two successful and dynamic new writers to its team in its tenth anniversary year.

Creative Writing MA student Caitrin O'Sullivan has her play performed at the Council Chambers.
1 March 2017
English Lit graduate Caitrin O'Sullivan went on to join the Centre for New Writing's Creative Writing MA. Her play 'Helping Hannah' (written and directed by O'Sullivan) was brought to the stage by the University of Manchester Drama Society in March 2017.

Beth Underdown, Creative Writing Lecturer, selected as one of The Observer's new faces of fiction for 2017.
23 January 2017
'A woman who fell under a witches’ spell.' - Beth features as one of eight debut novelists to look out for.

Emma Hughes (Creative Writing MA, 2008-09) wins The London Magazine Short Story Competition 2016.
20 January 2017
Story by alumna, 'The Match Factory', takes first prize in prestigious annual competition.

Rory Gleeson (Creative Writing MA, 2012-13) is interviewed in The Guardian and The Irish Times.
20 January 2017
'Writing wrecks your head' - Creative Writing alumnus prepares for the launch of his debut novel, Rockadoon Shore.

MA student Tara Sherman awarded the first Peters Fraser + Dunlop sponsored 'Creative Writing Prize for Fiction'
16 December 2016
Creative Writing MA student Tara Sherman won the prize for the best dissertation with her manuscript for 'Underwater'.

Appointment of Kaye Mitchell as co-director of the Centre for New Writing
7 December 2016
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kaye Mitchell as co-director of the Centre.

100 Women: Jeanette Winterson helps school children rewrite Cinderella
23 November 2016
Jeanette Winterson has helped school children re-imagine the fairy tale Cinderella for a new generation.

Manchester Literature Festival 2016
10 November 2016
16 days of exciting events around the city have come to an end.

Arctic whaling expedition makes Man Booker Prize 2016 longlist
10 November 2016
Dr McGuire's second novel The North Water is among the nominations for the Man Booker Prize 2016 longlist.

The Manchester Review #micropoem16 competition
10 November 2016
Approximately 50 micropoems were received and judged by the Centre for New Writing’s John McAuliffe, Geoff Ryman and Eleanor Ward.

John McAuliffe announced as joint winner of Michael Hartnett Poetry Award
10 November 2016
Co-director of the Centre for New Writing wins prestigious award for his collection The Way In.

MJ Hyland's Carry Me Down selected as 'Best of Irish'
10 November 2016
Global eBookstore Kobo selects M.J. Hyland's book for their 'The Best of Irish' season.

Praise for Ian McGuire's The North Water
10 November 2016
The novel has garnered extraordinary press coverage in such journals at The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Times.

Geoff Ryman utopia documentary on BBC Radio 4
10 November 2016
American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman's new documentary is now available on the BBC website.

Issue 15 of The Manchester Review live online
10 November 2016
The Centre for New Writing's online literary journal new issue is now available.

Geoff Ryman's 253 named best book of 1998
10 November 2016
Internet novel, 253 has been given the title of the best book of 1998 by Carmen Maria Machado.

A M Spence new poetry collection
10 November 2016
A M Spence (MA 2008 to 2009) has had accepted her first poetry collection Reflect published by Author's Press.

Melissa Welliver story publication
10 November 2016
The Young Writers' Anthology 2015 accept Melissa Welliver's short story.

John McAuliffe's play on words
10 November 2016
Everything to Play For: 99 Poems About Sport to be published early December.

Alys Conran new novel in June
10 November 2016
Alys Conran's novel Pigeon will be published by Parthian Books in June 2016.

Crispin Best one of Faber’s New Poets
10 November 2016
Crispin Best has been selected as one of four Faber New Poets 2015-2016 out of roughly 900 applicants.