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Centre for New Writing

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Events at the Centre for New Writing

The Centre for New Writing organises the 'Literature Live' reading series, bringing the best known contemporary writers from all over the world to Manchester to discuss and read from their work.

In the past, we've hosted an impressive line-up of literary luminaries including Martin Amis, Colm Tóibín, Will Self, Sarah Waters, John Banville, Hilary Mantel, Neil Gaiman, Paul Muldoon, Rose Tremain and Hanif Kureishi.

Our Autumn 2017 events are now on sale. Tickets can be booked via Quaytickets or the Martin Harris Centre box office (+44 (0) 161 275 8951).

Upcoming events

An Evening with Chris Kraus

19:00 - 20:30 27 September 2017

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Chris Kraus to the store to c..

Literature Live: Sinéad Morrissey and Douglas Dunn- Part of Manchester Literature Festival

19:30 - 21:00 09 October 2017

A pair of our finest contemporary poets read and discuss their work at an event presented in partner..

Literature Live: John Banville and Mike McCormack - Part of Manchester Literature Festival

20:00 - 21:30 10 October 2017

Two of Ireland’s most accomplished prose stylists come together for an evening of reading and conv..

Literature Live: Lisa McInerney, Sally Rooney and Joanna Walsh - Part of Manchester Literature Festival

19:30 - 21:00 12 October 2017

Three exciting contemporary writers read and discuss their work. Lisa McInerney won the Desmond Ell..

Literature Live: Colette Bryce and Tara Bergin - Part of Manchester Literature Festival

20:00 - 21:30 16 October 2017

Two talented Irish poets on the ascendant, Colette Bryce and Tara Bergin, come together to read and..

Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Jeanette Winterson - Part of Manchester Literature Festival

19:30 - 21:00 17 October 2017

Join two of our most incisive practitioners of fiction for a conversation about writing narratives t..

Nigella Lawson in conversation with Jeanette Winterson- Part of Manchester Literature Festival

19:00 - 20:30 20 October 2017

'Our lives are formed by memories, and the focus of mine is the food I’ve cooked and the people I..

Shami Chakrabarti – Of Women - Part of Manchester Literature Festival

15:00 - 16:30 22 October 2017

Britain’s leading human rights campaigner takes aim on the oldest and most pervasive injustice of..

Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Jeanette Winterson - ** Currently Sold Out **

19:30 - 21:00 31 October 2017

PLEASE NOTE: This event is Sold Out Fiercely intelligent, radical, sometimes despairing but always,..

15th Annual Rylands Poetry Reading with Jorie Graham

18:00 - 19:30 23 November 2017

This year’s 15th Rylands reading will be given by Jorie Graham. Jorie Graham is the author of nu..

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