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The Centre for New Writing news archive.

Below you'll find a comprehensive collection of news articles from over the years, right from the Centre for New Writing's inception.

MA student, Uche Okonkwo, won the £1000 Etisalat Literature Flash Fiction Prize in 2014.
MA student, Uche Okonkwo, won the £1000 Etisalat Literature Flash Fiction Prize in 2014.

Articles from 2015

Joey Connolly in New Poetries VI with first collection on way

Joey Connolly, 2013 graduate of our MA in Creative Writing, has work featured in Carcanet's New Poetries VI. His collection will be the centrepiece of a reading in the Central Library at 1pm on Tuesday, 20 October as part of the Literature Festival.

The Manchester Anthology 2015 launch event

This evening marks the launch of a brand-new collection bringing together the exciting and varied work from Master’s students at the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. Featuring poetry, short stories and novel extracts, and including published authors, prize-winners and competition shortlistees, this event showcases the melting pot of international talent that is The Manchester Anthology.

M J Hyland on Newsnight

Newsnight recently ran a very informative piece on the use of the drug which included an interview with novelist, writer on medical issues and CNW Lecturer M J Hyland.

Crispin Best in a post-internet world 

Crispin Best poet and short story writer (MA 2010) has written oblique short stories, given readings of his PowerPoint animations and generally enlivened the Manchester scene. He now makes an appearance in The Poetry Review, interviewed for an article about post-internet poetry.   

Jemima Foxtrot shares spotlight with Beck

Jemima Foxtrot (BA 2011) studied poetry here and has gone on to be a poet and performance artist. She recently shared the spotlight with musician Beck for the touring mixed music and word programme Station to Station.

Geoff Ryman in BBC 7/7 tribute

Ten years ago Geoff Ryman, author 253 an online novel about London underground, provided an introduction to a BBC website of biographies of the victims of 7/7.  For the tenth anniversary the Senior Lecturer was asked to add thoughts from ten years on. 

Emma Jane Unsworth's fiction uncovered

Many of you will have seen all over WH Smiths a novel about Manchester called Animals. Its author Emma Jane Unsworth completed her MA in novel writing here in 2002. Animals is her latest and was one of the winners of the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. It has also just been announced as one of a dozen books in WH Smith's Fresh Talent scheme to promote new writing.

#micropoem15 competition

Poetry in 140 characters? Try your hand in our #micropoem15competition. This year's theme is 'Film'. For the third year running, we are asking you to send us short poems on the longest day of the year.

Issue 14 of The Manchester Review is now live online

The Manchester Review is the Centre for New Writing's online literary journal. Issue 14 features our usual mixture of exciting, high quality poetry and fiction, from both established and emerging writers, including wonderful new stories and poems from David Wagoner, Chris Andrews, Sarah Corbett, Josephine Corcoran, Peter Sansom but to name a few.

John McAuliffe's new poetry collection, The Way In, is published

John McAuliffe's new book, The Way In (The Gallery Press, May 2015) continues to explore a contemporary life whose domestic spaces and routines are lovingly itemized and reassembled. These are open, vividly imagined poems which speak directly to readers as they look to find 'A way of answering / to a day, to years of them, that we step into and speak up for'.

Ian McGuire's new study on Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism

Ian Mcguire's study, Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism (University of Iowa Press, June 2015) examines the novels and short stories of the award-winning American writer, placing Ford's work in the context of contemporary debates about the role and meaning of literary realism.

Martin Zarrop one of four Cinnamon Pamphlet winners

Martin Zarrop, MA in poetry 2011, has been selected as one of four Cinnamon Pamphlet winners. His pamphlet No Theory of Everything will be published spring of 2015 by Cinnamon Press. The four pamphlets will be launched on Thursday, 4 June at 6.30pm at the Portico Library, 57 Moseley Street, Manchester M2 3HV.

John McAuliffe reading at John Rylands Library, Deansgate

John McAuliffe, Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing and award winning poet will be reading from his forthcoming collection The Way In on Saturday, 25 April at the John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester. John will be reading with Melissa Lee-Houghton.

Jahan Ramazani joins as our John Edward Taylor Fellow 2015

From 29 April - 1 May 2015, Jahan Ramazani, Professor of English at University of Virginia will be in the Department as our John Edward Taylor Fellow.

Russell Group first as the University of Manchester offers new MA Screenwriting course

The University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new postgraduate course, designed to equip emerging screenwriting talent with the practical skills required to succeed in the UK film and television industry. The new Master's degree is the brainchild of Professor of Creative Writing and celebrated author Jeanette Winterson and Professor Tanya Seghatchian.

Verbose enlivens Manchester Literary Scene

Verbose, one of Manchester's major literary nights, returns on Monday 23 March 2015, featuring special guests from the Flashtag collective, short fiction slams by CNW's alumni Benjamin Judge and David Hartley.

Colm Tóibín on Folio Prize Shortlist

The Centre for New Writing takes a keen interest in the Folio Prize, so we were pleased to see our Iconic Professor for 2010-2011 Colm Tóibín shortlisted for the prize for his novel Nora Webster. Members of the University-related African Reading Group Manchester will be pleased that Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is also among the nominees.

Geoff Ryman panel on African futures

Geoff Ryman, Senior Lecturer at CNW, led a panel discussion Lagos 2060: Futures not Fiction as part of an event organized by NESTA. Geoff runs an African Fantasy Reading Group that discusses new-voice African SF on Facebook and What's App.

Jeanette Winterson on the transforming power of art

As Manchester's Whitworth reopens, Jeanette Winterson reflects on looking at art, and talks to the gallery's director Maria Balshaw about capturing its flamboyant Victorian spirit in an exhilarating new public space. Jeanette Winterson's article featured in the Guardian on Saturday, 14 February 2015 and can be read on the Guardian website.

M J Hyland on new Harper Lee publication

The publishing world was convulsed last week by news of a new novel by Harper Lee author of To Kill a Mockingbird. The Centre for New Writing's M.J. Hyland was invited to the BBC Breakfast show to consider the full story of this discovered work by one of America's most beloved writers.

Vona Groarke short listed for Irish Times Poetry Now award

Vona Groarke Senior Lecturer and poetry tutor for CNW has had her latest collection of poems, X, be shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Prize. The €2,000 prize will be announced on March 21st at DLR Lexicon, as part of the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival.

Issue 13 of The Manchester Review is now live online

The Manchester Review is the Centre for New Writing’s online literary journal. Issue 13 of the Review features Chris Killen's excerpt from In Real Life, a wonderfully funny and contemporary account of university teaching and Will Harris’s re-setting of the early twentieth-century war poet Edward Thomas. 

Prof Jeanette Winterson presents BBC Radio 4 series: 'Manchester: Alchemical City'

Professor of Creative Writing, Jeanette Winterson presents her personal exploration of Manchester, from its Celtic roots to the present day and beyond, on BBC Radio 4 beginning Monday 8 December at 1.45pm.

PhD student Caroline Chisholm wins Bridport Prize First Novel Award

Caroline Chisholm, a PhD student at the Centre for New Writing has won the inaugural Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel in this year's Bridport Prize with her story 'Swimming Pool Hill'.

Articles from 2014

Manchester Literature Festival 2014

Manchester Literature Festival returns for a fortnight of events this October and the Centre for New Writing hosts a number of highlights including an in-conversation event with the Godfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, whose 'Under Milk Wood' series of paintings and illustrations is inspired by the work of Welsh poet and playwright, Dylan Thomas (11 October). As the Centre for New Writing celebrates 21 years, we also invite back former professors of creative writing, Martin Amis (12 October) and Colm Tóibín (6 October).

Reshma Ruia makes S I Leeds short list

Reshma Ruia (PhD 2012) had her second novel A Mouthful of Silence short-listed for the 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize. She will be part of the award's reading event at the Manchester Literary Festival. There will also be an event in October on the South Bank in London.

Joshua Burns sale to The Dublin Review

Joshua Burns, currently on the MA Creative Writing programme placed a story, 'Up the Hill' with the forthcoming issue (no 56) of The Dublin Review. He says that the story, "was written as a direct result of the workshops, specifically the one we did on Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants. I wanted to construct a simple story, with careful imagery, where the story turns and the power shifts with the dialogue – like Hemingway did."  Joshua will be reading the story at the launch of The Manchester Anthology.

The Manchester Anthology 2014 launch event

This evening marks the launch of a brand-new collection bringing together the exciting and varied work of 20 voices from the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. Featuring poetry, short stories and novel extracts, and including published authors, prize-winners and competition shortlistees, this event showcases the melting pot of international talent that is The Manchester Anthology. As well as a selection of readings from students on the MA Creative Writing course, there will be a special guest appearance by critically acclaimed Centre for New Writing alumnus Chris Killen, who will read from his upcoming second novel, In Real Life, out Spring 2015 on Canongate.

M J Hyland's major TV documentary

M J Hyland, Lecturer at the Centre, has written the script for a TV Documentary for SBS TV Australia - about a tragic World War 2 espionage Mission. Her text and research is also being used in developing an innovative online experience, Operation Rimau. 

Geoff Ryman African SF panel

Geoff Ryman, Senior Lecturer at the Centre was part of the closing panel of the Africa Writes convention at the British Library in July - a full audio podcast of the panel is now available online.

Issue 12 of The Manchester Review is now live online

Issue 12 of The Manchester Review features a blend of top quality work from new and established poets and fiction writers, including wonderful new stories and poems from James Robison, Ian Pople, Thomas McCarthy, Gerard Fanning and Rebecca Perry.

Claire Snook contender for Bristol Short Story Prize

Claire Snook (MA 2012-2013) had her short story 'The Tatoo Artist' listed as a Notable Contender for the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize.

Electra Georgiades and World Theatre Day

Electra Georgiades, MA Poetry 2008, had her play The Road to the Windmill performed on 27 March as part of an event organised for World Theatre Day by ETHAL in Limassol Cyprus

ARG! roars: Jennifer Makumbi wins first the Kwani, now the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Manchester African Reading Group co-organiser Jennifer Mankumbi's short story 'Let's Tell This Story Properly' won not only Regional but the overall Kwani Prize Award. Jennifer Makumbi will co-host a panel of all the nominees for this year's Caine Prize for best short story. Her novel Kintu won last year's Kwani Prize for best African first novel in manuscript.   

Vona Groarke provides light relief for The Irish Times

Senior Lecturer and poetry tutor for CNW Vona Groarke was interviewed recently for The Irish Times. The jovial result was headlined 'The Unbearable Lightness of Reviews.' Vona's latest volume of poetry, X, launched recently at Literature Live.

Katherine Armstrong long listed for Lightship First Novel Prize

Katherine Armstrong (MA 2012-2013) has been long-listed for the Lightship First Novel Prize. The listing was for the novel she submitted as part of her Dissertation. Says the author, 'I submitted the first 10K of my Diss, so Ian (McGuire, co-Director of the Centre) should really take the credit; he was a great supervisor.'

Sue Crowder up for another award

Sue Crowder (part-time MA Creative Writing 2013/14) has been short-listed for the Poetry Republic £2000 Short Story Competition 2014.

Marli Roode long listed for South African fiction prize

Marli Roode (MA 2009-2010) has been long listed for the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize for her first novel Call it Dog. The book was previously shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Callum Coles places in Torriano Poetry Competition

Callum Coles (MA Poetry 2013) won the second prize in the Torriano Poetry Competition for his poem 'Two Mill Girls'. Callum was also an undergraduate poetry student at the University.

Annie Muir wins National Student Poetry Competition

Undegraduate creative writing student Annie Muir won the Poetry Book Society's second annual National Student Poetry Competition for her poem 'Seven Postcards'.  Joey Frances, another of our students was highly commended in the competition.  Anna read her poem at a prize-giving event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 18th March alongside Daljit Nagra, the judge of the Competition.

Uche Okonkwo wins £1000 prize

Uche Okonkwo (MA Fiction student 2012-2013) won the Etisalat Literature Flash Fiction Prize for new writers of African citizenship for her story 'Neverland'. Uche received a cheque for £1000, a Samsung tab and publication as an e-book.

The X factor?

Vona Groarke's new book X launched on Monday 24th February with a sold-out reading at the University's own Martin Harris Centre. The author, who is a Senior Lecture in poetry at our Centre, was recently described by Poetry Ireland Review, as being 'among the best Irish poets writing today'. 

Barney Walsh stories update

Barney Walsh's short story 'Violet' accepted for the anthology Unthology is now available from Unthank Books. Barney workshopped the story during his MA. Part of his MA Dissertation now called 'The Playground at Night' has been accepted for publication in The Warwick Review.

M.J. Hyland long listed for the EFG Sunday Times Short Story Award

M.J. Hyland, novelist, essayist and Lecturer at the Centre for New Writing has beel long listed for the EFG Sunday Times Short Story Award 2014 for her story 'Somebody Else's Bed'.

John McAuliffe on Irish Arts Council

John McAuliffe, poet and Co-Director for the Centre of New Writing has been announced as a new Council Member for the Irish Arts Council. This makes John one of 13 Members alongside Pat Moylan, Paul Johnson and other luminaries.

M.J. Hyland to judge Folio Prize

M.J. Hyland, one of the Centre’s star writer-tutors, has been appointed as a new Academy Member for the newest and largest prize for fiction in the UK: The Folio prize, worth £40,000. This is the first major prize to compete with and complement The Man Booker. M J Hyland's role will be to nominate books for consideration by the judges.

War Correspondent Relph published in The New Yorker

Jeremy Relph graduated from the MA fiction programme in 2009 and swiftly went on to establish himself as a war correspondent by simply showing up in Afghanistan without credentials, which he soon gained. "You become addicted to getting shot at," he said to one of his old tutors (who is not). "The thing is, most of the job isn't exciting. As simple as it is to focus on the violence, it means nothing if I can't at least try to get close to people's lives. Thin intimacy and immediacy of violence means nothing without something approaching emotional intimacy." Relph went on to report from Libya, Somalia, and Ciudad, Mexico. He and photographer Dominic Bracco II received funding from the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting, resulting in dispatches including ‘Honduras on the Eve of the Election’ and ‘A Contested Election in Honduras’ which ran in The New Yorker. Relph and Bracco will begin editing a related video in the new year.

Eleanor Catton to visit University

This year's winner of the Man-Booker Prize is to be among the visitors to the Centre of New Writing's ongoing programme of public events. The author of The Luminaries will give a talk on Monday, 31 March, 6.30 pm at University Place. 

Articles from 2013

Manchester Review issue 11 (winter 2013)

The latest issue of the Centre for New Writing's literary journal is available online. Issue 11 features writing by Vona Groarke, Sean O'Brien, Elvis Bego, Moniza Alvi, Rory Waterman, Richard Hirst, Jane Routh, Torii Grabowski and much else to enjoy.

Vona Groarke honoured in Irish University Review

The current Irish University Review (Vol 43, No 2) has a special section dedicated to the work of Vona Groarke, with two critical essays, a long interview and four new poems from CNW's poetry tutor.

Susan Luddem wins Impress Prize

Susan Luddem who attended the MA course in 2010-2011 as Susan Gee has won the Impress Prize for her novel The Bearded Ladybird. She also got second place for the Luke Bitmead Bursary for her first novel Getting Away with It, has been previously short-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize and won The Yeovil Prize in 2012. 

Sarah-Clare Conlon: this year's publications

MA student Sarah-Clare Conlon has had three short stories accepted by Stand magazine. These stories are 'Off The Grid', a 150-word tale of psychogeography, online dating and his'n'hers outfits; 'I See Electric', a 190-word story about a woman who gets her kicks out of pylons; and 'Taking Work Home', 200 words about weird goings-on in a backstreet garage. Earlier this year Sarah-Clare also had a story in The Salt Anthology of New Writing 2013winning second prize in Salt Publishing's International Flash Fiction Prize with a story called 'Clean'.

Alice Baynton story to appear from Honno Publications

Alice Baynton, a student in our MA programme, will have a short story, 'Ants' published in a collection from Honno Publications, due out in Autumn 2014.

Holly Ringland to appear in TEXT

Holly Ringland (MA prose 2009 to 2010) had a nonfiction piece accepted by the online journal TEXT. Nested dolls: Inner storytelling' and the creative writing process explores the sources of creativity taking as an example one of Ringland's own stories.

Manchester Uni poet in the 'Money'

Charlie Cocksedge (MA Poetry 2009 to 2010) is in the band Money. Their debut album The Shadow of Heaven was released earlier this year. The Observer of 3 November carried a long piece about the group and its aims.

Marli Roode up for major literary prize

Marli Roode (MA 2008 to 2009) is short listed for the Dylan Thomas prize for her debut novel Call it Dog. This international literary prize honous writers under 30 working in English. The winner will be announced on Thursday 7th November in Cardiff.

Beth Daley Novel launched 7 November

Beth Daley's (PhD graduating 2011) debut novel Blood and Water will be launched on Thursday, 7 November by Manchester publisher Hic Dragones. The novel involved a mermaid and distorted perception.

Creina Mansfield novel due next year

Creina Mansfield's (PhD graduating 2011) first novel, The Quiet Soldier: Phoung's Story,  will be published by the University Press of North Georgia in 2014.

Mimi Webster play debut

Mimi Webster (MA 2011-2012) new play was premiered the first week of November. The one-act, 'Arachnophobia', is one of six short pieces in a programme called Dim Sum Nights 3, presented in association with Contact Theatre.

Will Thacker novel and film

Will Thacker (MA 2008-2009) will have his novel Charm Offensive published by Legend Press in March next year. The short film 'Full Time', co-written by him will have it its first UK screening at the November London Film Festival at the British Film Institute.

Sarah Ganczarski long-listed for prize

Sarah Ganczarski's (MA 2011-2012) story 'Dare' has been published in the Write Northwest anthology. Another story 'The Library' was published in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2012. She also has a story and a memoir piece on the longlist for the Lightship Prize.

Katherine Khourey story publication

Katherine Khourey, MA student 2010-2011 has just had her short story 'Autumn Jewell' published in Dadaoism: An Anthology, edited by Justin Isis and Quentin S Crisp from Chomu Press.

Barney Walsh shortlisted for Big Issue Award

Barney Walsh, (MA 2010-2011) was shortlisted for the Big Issue North New Writing Award 2013 for his short story 'Somebody Else's Lie'.

Jordana Hill wins a Northern Writer's Award

Jordana Hill, an alumna from the 2011-2012 MA programme, has just been awarded a Northern Writer’s award for the novel she is currently working on, The Representative which grew out of her Dissertation.

Articles from 2012

Congratulations to MA student Marie Naughton who has just won the prestigious Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition (£1000) with a poem she initially drafted for the MA poetry workshop at the Centre for New Writing. Judge Ian Duhig wrote of Marie's poem that it "had both a knotted and worried intensity with a freshness as I listened to it, reading it aloud over and over. Marie Naughton's poem has a slightly macabre quality to go with its tumbling inventiveness that reminded me of Plath but it is full of wonder.

Congratulations to Valerie O'Riordan, winner of the 2012 Spilling Ink Flash Fiction Prize! O'Riordan, of course, is a graduate of the MA Fiction Programme. And she is also the editor of Flash Fiction anthology, 2012, Jaw Breakers. 

And more good news for Chris Killen, graduate of the MA Fiction Programme. His feature film, Wizard's Way, has won the 'Best Comedy Feature' at the Independent Film Festival London.

Laura Joyce, MA Fiction Graduate, was published by Salt in July 2012. Her novel, The Museum of Atheism, is set over the last 24 hours in the life of a murdered child beauty queen in an isolated Alaskan community. It is based on the true events surrounding the death of American child star, Jonbenet Ramsey.

Susan Luddem achieved a commendation in the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2011.

Alys Conran not only made it onto the long-list for the Manchester Writing Prize, she was also was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize, 2011.

And, Ming Liu, a 2010 MA Fiction Graduate, had her novel shortlisted for the prestigious Impress Prize for New Writers, 2011.

Winterson becomes Manchester Professor

One of the country’s best known literary figures is to become a professor of creative writing at The University of Manchester.

‘Oranges are not the only fruit’ author Jeanette Winterson will begin her stint at the University's Centre for New Writing in October.

Winterson, originally from Manchester, will have a busy teaching schedule, including a post graduate MA workshop, MA seminar and undergraduate lectures.

She will also hold four public events a year at The University's Martin Harris Centre, with renowned guests from the literary world.

She succeeds previous holders of the post Colm Toibin, who completes his year-long tenure this summer and Martin Amis who spent four years at the University.

Winterson was born in Manchester, and adopted by Pentecostal parents who brought her up in the nearby mill-town of Accrington.

Her first novel, the semi autobiographical Oranges are not the only fruit, was published in 1985 when she was just 25.

It went on to become an international bestseller and inspire a popular BBC television adaptation.

An author of novels, screenplays, children's books and essays, her latest book is the memoir Why be happy when you could be normal?

She is published around the world in 15 languages and writes regularly for The Guardian, The Times and the New York Times.

In August she will publish a novella in the new Hammer Horror series called The Daylight Gate about the Lancashire witches.

She was made an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours list.

She said: “The Centre for New Writing at Manchester is a serious and exciting place where students are carefully selected and where there is a deep interest in what writing can do an at individual level and for the wider culture. I am from Manchester and the north is part of me; how I write as well as who I am. Let's see what happens next.”

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: “We’re delighted that Jeanette Winterson will succeed Colm Toibin and his predecessor Martin Amis as Professor for Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing:

“She is a brilliant novelist, a public intellectual, and a writer who makes the case that the arts matter in contemporary Britain. We are certain she will inspire her Manchester students and audiences.”

Articles from 2011

Centre for New Writing co-director and poet John McAuliffe is voted as one of Irish Times top five

A collection of poetry by a creative writing lecturer based at The University of Manchester has been named as one of the top five books of 2011 by a group of top writers in the Irish Times.

Of All Places by co-Director of the Centre for New Writing John McAuliffe, published in July, received the accolade following rave reviews of the book.

The writers who included him on their list of top reads included novelists Colm Toibin and Elizabeth Wassell and poet David Wheatley and novelist.

Toibin is Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New writing working alongside Dr McAuliffe.

John McAuliffe published his first collection of poems, A Better Life (Gallery), in 2002, which received a major bursary from the Irish Arts Council and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Award.

His second collection Next Door was published in June 2007, and he has also published poems in the TLS, Poetry Ireland Review, the Manchester Review, PN Review, Poetry London and Poetry Review.

He was programme director of Ireland's biggest poetry festival, Poetry Now, at Dun Laoghaire until 2007, and is a contributing editor to the journal Metre.

Head of English and American studies Dr Hal Gladfelder said: “This is a great honour for John as a poet, for the Centre for New Writing, and for all of us in English and American Studies.

“It confirms the growing international prestige of the Creative Writing programme at Manchester, and is a testament to John’s gifts as a writer.”

Final Martin Amis Public Event with guests Will Self and Erica Wagner

World famous novelist Martin Amis, Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, will be in conversation with novelist Will Self and novelist and Literary Editor of The Times Erica Wagner in his final high-profile public event at The University of Manchester on Monday 4th July 2011, American Independence Day. Together they will explore the influence of America on the literature and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. They will discuss the particular characteristics of American culture and thought, and ask how the American tradition has influenced writers and thinkers from other countries.

Martin Amis is set to finish his tenure at the University in July after four years as Professor of Creative Writing. After extending his time at the University by a year, Amis and his family are moving to New York, the home city of his wife. Since his arrival, there has been a 100 per cent increase in students applying for Centre for New Writing Courses where he is based. His sell out public events have been hugely popular – attracting luminaries such as Howard Jacobson, John Banville, and Melvyn Bragg.

Of his time at Manchester, Amis said:

“'Teaching creative writing at Manchester has been a joy. I've become very fond of my colleagues, especially John McAuliffe and Ian McGuire.”

“I was impressed by the four instalments of 'youth' I encountered - they seemed to me impressively independent-minded and non-ideological.”

“I loved doing all the reading and the talking; and I very much took to the Mancunians.”

“They are a witty and tolerant contingent.”

“We are moving to NY purely for family reasons. I will never quite leave London, and I hope to revisit Manchester regularly.”

World-renowned author Colm Toibin has been appointed as Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester and will take up his post in September 2011.

MA Fiction Graduate to be published by Salt in July 2012

Laura Joyce, a CNW MA Fiction Graduate - will be published by Salt in July 2012. Her novel, The Museum of Atheism, is set over the last 24 hours in the life of a murdered child beauty queen in an isolated Alaskan community. It is based on the true events surrounding the death of American child star, Jonbenet Ramsey.

Creative Writing Graduate wins Bridport Prize

Former Creative Writing student, the poet Rebecca Perry has won a Highly Commended prize in the international writing competition, The Bridport Prize, one of the most prestigious open literary awards in the UK. Perry received her prize for her poem entitled ‘Giving Alms to the Birds.’ The competition attracts thousands of entries from the UK and over 80 countries around the world. Perry, who graduated in Manchester in 2008 with a master’s degree in Creative Writing, was one of three poets to come out on top. She now edits children’s books in London and has published in New Welsh Review, Smiths Knoll and The Rialto and recently contributed to This Line is Not for Turning: An Anthology of Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon Press). Her pamphlet Archimedes’ Principle is being published by Seren in February 2012.

Ming Liu shortlisted for prestigious Impress Prize

Ming Liu who graduated from the Centre for New Writing has had her novel Kai Tak shortlisted for the prestigious Impress Prize for New Writers 2011

CNW graduate Richard Hirst makes Manchester Fiction shortlist (Oct 2011)

Centre for New Writing graduate Richard Hirst recently won joint first prize of the MMU Manchester Fiction Prize

Susan Luddem achieves commendation in prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Former Centre for New Writing student Susan Luddem has achieved a commendation in the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2011.

The Commonwealth Short Story Competition is an annual scheme to promote new creative writing, funded and administered by the Commonwealth Foundation. Established in 1996, the competition aims to increase understanding and appreciation of Commonwealth cultures and to promote literary talent and new creative writing for radio.

Percy Herbert Wins Second prize in the Dublin Review of Books Flash Fiction competition (Oct 2011)

CNW's Percy Herbert recently won second prize in The Dublin Review of Books 2011 Flash Fiction Competition with Daisy.

Alys Conran Shortlisted for Lorca in England competition

MA graduate Alys Conran has been shortlisted for the Lorca in England competition, whereby writers are invited to submit an original translation of a Lorca poem of their own choice. CNW Co-Director makes the shortlist for Keats-Shelley Prize 2011.

Centre for New Writing co-director John McAuliffe's poem "The Rebuild" has been shortlisted for the Keats-Shelley Prize 2011.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on October 18th, 6.30 pm, at the Royal College of Pathologists, 2 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AF, with Penelope Lively, CBE, in the Chair.

Manchester Poets Make Top Anthology (Sept 2011)

Two recent PhD graduates from the University’s Centre for New Writing have been published in one of the world’s most prestigious anthologies. The work of Vincenz Serrano, from Manila and Evan Jones, from Toronto is on show in the new Carcanet Press book New Poetries V, an international showcase of the up and coming young poets.

Poetry Book Society Recommendation for CNW's John McAuliffe (July 2011)

Co-director of the Centre for New Writing John McAuliffe has recently had his third collection of poetry "Of All Places" published by Gallery Press. The book has already received the accolade of being named as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2011.

Final Martin Amis Public Event with guests Will Self and Erica Wagner (July 2011)

World famous novelist Martin Amis, Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, will be in conversation with novelist Will Self and novelist and Literary Editor of The Times Erica Wagner in his final high-profile public event at The University of Manchester on Monday 4th July 2011, American Independence Day.

CNW student Max Wallis Has A Pamphlet Published (June 2011)

The Centre for New Writing is delighted to announce that MA student Max Wallis has recently had a pamphlet published with Flipped Eye - 'Modern Love'.

Colm Tóibín is Manchester’s latest Professor of Creative Writing (Jan 2011)

World-renowned author Colm Toibin has been appointed as Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester.

M.J. Hyland shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011

Award-winning writer and Centre for New Writing lecturer MJ Hyland has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011.

She was picked for her "eerie" tale "Rag Love", in which a down-and-out couple attempt to enjoy an hour in the luxury suite of a cruise ship. McGregor, author of the acclaimed novels If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs, makes the running for his "quirky" story "Wires", which sees a young woman's life flash before her eyes as she drives down the motorway and sees a strange object flying towards her.

Former MA students Chris Smith and Belle Crawford Become Filmmakers

Chris Smith and Belle Crawford, who met in the 2007 M.A Fiction Programme are still writing, and both have also become filmmakers. For more than a year they have been travelling the world and filming some of the best buskers and telling some of their best stories. See their website, The Busking Project for some clips of their astonishing film.

Articles from 2010

Martin Amis Launches New Novel

Amis, 60, who is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester University, was reading from and discussing the launch of his new novel The Pregnant Widow. At the event, Martin Amis spoke to BBC One's North West Tonight programme about the event and Manchester's creative writing courses. 

Man Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre reads at Literature Live event

Review by Sophie Stephenson

The University's Centre for New Writing hosted a reading by the novelist DBC Pierre on 22nd February 2010. DBC Pierre won the Man Booker prize for his first novel Vernon God Little in 2003, along with a Whitbread award the same year. The novel was described by the Booker judges as a 'coruscating black comedy. Its central character, a troubled teenager accused of a killing spree at his American High School, drew comparisons with Salinger's Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. Pierre's second novel, Ludmila's Broken English, was published in 2006.

M.J. Hyland introduced the author at the John Thaw Studio by reading a short piece from Vernon God Little and describing it as 'the last great novel to win the Man Booker'. Hyland also mentioned Pierre's recent short story for the Ox-Tales collection, all profits from which go towards funding Oxfam's work. 

The author's latest novel, Lights out in Wonderland, is based on the theme of decadence and is due to be published at the beginning of September. This follows the fortunes of an anti-capitalist depressive who wishes to commit suicide but is searching for the party to end all parties before he dies. Pierre told the audience that his Editor had only read the novel that afternoon and said the work had taken 'a long time to gel'. The charismatic novelist then read from the book, complete with a range of voices, and revealed a dry sense of humour with his comment that problems in writing can often be resolved through 'fatigue'. Pierre went on to describe the process of writing as being similar to 'embarking out to sea without a boat — you just have to keep swimming'.

After the reading, DBC Pierre participated in a discussion with M.J. Hyland, who asked him several searching questions about his strange biography and 'peripatetic past'.  Pierre's name is a pseudonym - the initials allegedly standing for Dirty But Clean - which references the author's former drug habit. Born in Australia, he went on to live in Durham and grew up in Mexico City before settling in County Leitrim, Ireland. He credits his time in Mexico City for the 'dissolute and chaotic' aspects of his character, which, in addition to his drug problems, led him to cheat an associate out of the proceeds from the sale of his house; he later paid the money back.

The discussion moved on to consider the ways in which the UK publishing industry differs from the rest of Europe, with its focus on 'profit over everything else'. DBC Pierre commented self-deprecatingly that the aim of the publisher is to create a name, after which a writer can present them with 'a phonebook and they could still sell it'.

After a second reading from the new novel, which portrayed a trip round IKEA as a descent into capitalist hell, Hyland invited questions. One audience member asked if Pierre believes that writers don't, as a rule, study English literature, to which his response was that 'it feels true'. Pierre initially found literature boring and was, in his own words, not a big reader. The idea for his first book came from an item on the television news, after which he began to write in the character's voice and concluded that it is possible to write a modern novel which is also 'authentic'. 

The following day DBC Pierre held a useful workshop with the Centre's creative writing students, giving a complex breakdown of the structure of a commercial novel.

Articles from 2009

Highlights from 2009 at the Centre for New Writing

December

  • Literature Live season draws to a close with readings from prize-winning poets.
  • Martin Amis told the audience of 300 at the University's Martin Harris Centre that writers are past their prime once they reach old age.

October

  • Hundreds gathered at The University of Manchester to hear Martin Amis, Will Self and Carol Mavor launch this year's Manchester Literature Festival with a discussion entitled Literature and Sex.
  • Martin Amis discusses Literature and Suicide with Melvyn Bragg and took questions from the audience covering various topics including their personal experience of suicide.

May

  • We welcome Jenny Hughes to the Centre for New Writing.

April

  • Costa Book Award winner A.L. Kennedy provided a highly entertaining finale to our spring season of Literature Live events when she visited the Centre for an MA workshop and reading.

March

  • Students launch a quarterly magazine published in Manchester by Centre for New Writing students showcasing the capabilities of new writers in the area.
  • The Centre for New Writing joined forces with the new Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC) for its launch reading, when two writers with strong Manchester connections visited Literature Live.
  • The Centre for New Writing publishes the second issue of its online journal titled The Manchester Review.
  • MA fiction student Nick Garrard's adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's classic novel Hangover Square opens on campus which is part of the University of Manchester Students' Union Drama Festival.

February

  • 'No Wonder' a play written by Centre for New Writing MA student Claire Urwin is selected by the National Student Drama Festival as part of a showcase of exceptional productions from across the UK.
  • Students contribute to the 'A Small Eternity - The Shape of the Sonnet Through Time' exhibition at The University's John Rylands Library.
  • Leading poetry publisher Peter Fallon and prolific polymath Helen Dunmore read a selection of poems at the first Literature Live event of the new year.
  • Martin Amis and Howard Jacobson talk comedy and sanity in 'Literature and Britishness'. Listen here as wma or here as mp3.

January

  • A new play 'When Tom Comes' by PhD in Poetry student JT Welsh was staged at Manchester's Library Theatre, which was part of the 2009 Manchester Re:Play Festival.
  • Forthcoming novels by three Centre for New Writing teaching staff named in a round-up of literary treats in store for the coming year by The Guardian.
  • Novelist in residence and MA alumnus Chris Killen's debut novel, The Bird Room, is published by Canongate.

Articles from 2008

Highlights from 2008 at the Centre for New Writing

December

  • Prolific writer Elaine Feinstein read a selection of poems which extended over her entire career to over 120 people in the John Rylands Reading Room.
  • Professor of Creative Writing Martin Amis was joined by philosopher John Gray and psychotherapist Adam Philips to discuss literature and science at the University's Whitworth Hall. You can listen to the debate as a wma, or mp3.

November

  • Creative Writing student Adrian Joyce has story he wrote as part of his MA course entitled 'Shucked' accepted by leading sci-fi magazine Interzone.
  • MA Creative Writing student Xiena Saeed wins £1,000 Mulcahy Conway Prize for Fiyatoshi Road.
  • Novelist and memoir-writer Jenny Diski visits the Centre to read from and discuss new book Apology for the Woman Writing.

October

  • Sci-fi and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman makes rare UK appearance at the Centre to read from his new story The Graveyard Book.
  • World-renowned poets Ciaran Carson and Jorie Graham appear at the Centre for Literature Festival.
  • Andrew O'Hagan and Colm Toibin launch this season's readings at Literature Live.
  • Martin Amis, hosts his first public event of the new academic year in the University's Whitworth Hall joined by poets James Fenton and John McAuliffe for a discussion of the work and legacy of Philip Larkin.

September

  • Centre lecturer Kaye Mitchell's latest book 'Intention and Text' is published by Continuum Books. View the book on the Bloomsbury website.
  • PhD poetry student Sarah Corbett's third collection, Other Beasts, is published. View the book on the Seren Books website.
  • Joe Pemberton's novel Forever and Ever Amen republishing date confirmed.
  • Manchester-based writers Michael Symmons Roberts and Ian McGuire gave exclusive readings from their unpublished new books at Manchester Central Library.

July

  • Manchester graduate and former Literature Live guest Clare Wigfall beats 634 other fiction writers to win the BBC National Short Story Prize.
  • Professor of Creative Writing Martin Amis took part in his final public event of the academic year in a debate on literature and religion.  You can listen to the debate as a wma, or mp3.

May

  • Writer in residence Joe Stretch recently appeared at the Guardian Hay Festival fringe, To Hell with Hay.
  • The Centre's Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Dr Kaye Mitchell, co-presented a sell-out public event on Lesbian Pulp Fiction.
  • Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and renowned novelist Geoff Ryman appeared on BBC Radio 4's Front Row after Interzone magazine and the Guardian's blog featured the 'mundane' movement he helped found.

April

  • Students on the MA in Creative Writing celebrate the first two issues of their new writing magazine, Wufniks.
  • The UK's leading poetry magazine, Poetry Review, visited the Centre for New Writing to launch its spring 'green issue'.
  • Manchester-based poets John McAuliffe and Matt Welton join forces for Literature Live.
  • Poet, fiction-writer and broadcaster Michael Symmons Roberts joins Poetry Review launch event.

March

  • Acclaimed US poet August Kleinzahler was joined by our writer in residence Joe Stretch for Monday's Literature Live event.
  • The Centre for New Writing welcomed leading novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi to one of its Literature Live events where he gave the very first reading from his newly published novel Something to Tell You.
  • Leading novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi gives first reading from newly published novel Something to Tell You at a Literature Live event.
  • Creative Writing graduate Jonathan Trigell's first novel, Boy A, voted the best Book to Talk About in a 2008 World Book Day poll.
  • Manchester alumni Clare Wigfall and Jonathan Trigell return to Manchester for the Centre's first Literature Live event of 2008.

January

  • Sallie Day's novel The Palace of Strange Girls is published by Harper Press.
  • MA in Creative Writing student Katherine Foster is awarded Mulcahy & Viney Prize for an extract from her novel Three's a Crowd.

Articles from 2007

Highlights from 2007 at the Centre for New Writing

December

  • The Centre's poet in residence for 2007/8, Neil Rollinson, publishes his fourth collection of poetry, Demolition (Jonathan Cape).
  • The internationally acclaimed poet Paul Muldoon give the fifth Rylands Poetry Reading at the newly refurbished John Rylands Library.
  • Multi-talented novel- and non-fiction writer Geoff Dyer made appearance in the Centre for New Writing's Literature Live series.
  • The Centre's Professor of Creative Writing Martin Amis was joined by writer Ed Husain and novelist and journalist Maureen Freely for his second public debate on the subject of Literature and Terrorism. You can listen to the debate as a wma, or mp3.

November

  • A-list writer Michèle Roberts read from her new memoir Paper Houses for the Literature Live events series.
  • Undergraduate English Literature student Matthew Nixon voted the Guardian's student sports writer of the year.
  • Poets Robert Crawford and Peter Sansom took part in a Literature Live event to read new poems and participate in a Q&A session with the audience of students, staff and members of the public.

October

  • Two of the Centre's distinguished new writers took to the Literature Live stage before a full house of students and members of the public to read some of their work.
  • MA in Creative Writing graduate Jonathan Trigell's first novel, Boy A (Serpent's Tail) developed as a feature film for Channel 4.
  • The Centre for New Writing's first 'Literature Live' season launched, as it joined forces with Manchester Literature Festival to host three landmark events.

September

  • Three of the world's most famous writers gave their views to the public at the Centre for New Writing's launch event at St. Ann's Church. You can listen to the debate as a mp3.

August

  • Creative Writing graduate Clare Wigfall's debut collection of stories, The Loudest Sound and Nothing get published.

July

  • Co-director of the soon-to-be-launched Centre for New Writing John McAuliffe launches his second volume of poetry entitled Next Door.

June

  • The Centre for New Writing adds prize-winning novelist M.J. Hyland to its staff of novelists and poets.
  • The Centre for New Writing appoints two Research Fellows: Joe Stretch and Neil Rollinson.

March

  • Britain's leading Novelist Martin Amis is appointed as a Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester in his first teaching post.