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Centre for New Writing

Jeanette Winterson

Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing

Jeanette Winterson
Jeanette Winterson photographed by Sam Churchill.

Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England, and adopted by Pentecostal parents who brought her up in the nearby mill-town of Accrington. After reading English at Oxford University she wrote her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, when she was 23. It was published a year later in 1985. Since then she has published more than a dozen books including, most recently, the memoir Why be happy when you could be normal? and The Daylight Gate, and has won various awards around the world for her fiction and adaptations, including the Whitbread Prize, UK, and the Prix d'argent, Cannes Film Festival.

In 2006 Jeanette Winterson was awarded an OBE for services to literature. She writes regularly for various UK newspapers, especially The Times and The Guardian. She was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester in September 2012.

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A selection of Jeanette's fiction