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Podcasts from Literature Live and "in Conversation" events.

Many of our public readings and conversations take place at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, where we are able to audio record the events for future broadcast. Podcasts will be added to this page as they become available.

2015-2016 public lectures:

Howard Jacobson: Shakespeare400

Recorded at The John Rylands Library, Manchester on Monday, 11 April 2016.

In association with the Hogarth Shakespeare project, the Centre for New Writing welcomed Man Booker prize-winner Howard Jacobson, who read from and discussed his latest novel Shylock Is My Name, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Literature Live: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Helen MacDonald

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre's Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Monday, 29 February 2016. 

Centre for New Writing Professor Jeanette Winterson was joined by writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk, to discuss writing, Englishness, grief and success.

Literature Live: Ian McGuire and Rupert Thomson

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre on Monday, 8 February 2016. The first Literature Live event of 2016 marked the official launch of CNW co-director Ian McGuire's new novel The North Water (published in the UK by Scribner February 2016).

Ian was joined in this event by Rupert Thomson who is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and chosen by David Bowie as one of his Top 100 Must-Read books of all time, and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize.

His memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, won the Writers’ Guild Non Fiction Book of the Year.

His most recent novel, Katherine Carlyle, was published in November 2015.

Guardian Live: Jeanette Winterson In Conversation with John Irving

Recorded at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Monday, 1 February 2016.

In association with Guardian Live, this event welcomed John Irving in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, who recently published The Gap of Time. John read from and discussed his fourteenth novel Avenue of Mysteries.

Manchester Literature Festival 2015: Joanne Harris: Why I Write – A Writer’s Manifesto

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre’s Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Monday, 19 October 2015.

Joanne Harris, award-winning author of 14 novels including Chocolat, joined new University of Manchester Chancellor Lemn Sissay and Nebula Award-winning author Geoff Ryman to discuss the relationships between reader and writer, censorship, and the internet in this National Conversation event.

Manchester Literature Festival 2015: Kevin Barry and John McAuliffe

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre’s Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Monday, 12 October 2015.

An evening celebrating new books from two established talents of Irish writing. Kevin Barry described the hours of research into John Lennon’s speech and mannerisms that went into his new novel Beatlebone and John McAuliffe, Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing, read selected poems from his new collection The Way In.

2014

Podcasts from previous Literature Live and "in Conversation" events in 2014

Many of our public readings and conversations take place at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, where we are able to audio record the events for future broadcast.

Manchester Literature Festival 2014: Martin Amis and Nick Laird

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre's Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Sunday, 12 October 2014.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest writers of our age, Martin Amis returned to the university where he was inaugural Professor of Creative Writing to read from his new novel The Zone of Interest.

Nick Laird is the author of two novels and three collections of poetry and recipient of the Betty Task Prize, a Somerset Maugham award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

Manchester Literature Festival 2014: Peter Blake - Under Milk Wood

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre's Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Saturday, 11 October 2014.

Manchester Literature Festival and Dylan Thomas 100 present a rare in-conversation with the Godfather of Pop Art.

A prolific artist know for his beautiful collages, paintings and record sleeves, Sir Peter Blake is also a life-long admirer of Welsh poet and playwright, Dylan Thomas.

Manchester Literature Festival 2014: Sebastian Barry and Colm Tóibín

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre's Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Monday, 6 October 2014.

Colm Tóibín, former Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, returns to launch Nora Webster, a major new work which revisits the main character of his bestselling novel Brooklyn.

Sebastian Barry's new novel The Temporary Gentleman also returns to an existing family of stories, populated by characters from his 2008 novel The Secret Scripture.

Jeanette Winterson "in Conversation" with Val McDermid and Mark Billingham

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre's Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Monday, 10 March 2014.

Professor of Creative Writing, Jeanette Winterson, was joined in conversation by crime novelists Mark Billingham and Val McDermid.

2013

Podcasts from previous Literature Live and "in Conversation" events in 2013

Many of our public readings and conversations take place at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, where we are able to audio record the events for future broadcast.

Podcasts will be added to this page as they become available.

Literature Live: Moniza Alvi and Nadeem Aslam

Recorded at the Martin Harris Centre's John Thaw Studio Theatre on Monday, 7 October 2013.

Manchester Literature Festival and the Centre for New Writing present two extraordinary writers, who have both drawn on their Pakistani heritage to pen exquisite works of art.

Jeanette Winterson "in Conversation" with Lynne Truss

Recorded at the Martin Harrris Centre's Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall on Monday, 30 September 2013.

Lynne Truss is a writer and broadcaster best know for her globally bestselling book on punctuation, Eats Shoots & Leaves (2003).

3rd Contemporary British and Irish Poetry Conference

The University of Manchester, 12 - 14 September 2013

Like its predecessor conferences, at St Anne's in Oxford and Queens University Belfast, the aim of the third Contemporary British and Irish Poetry Conference - this time hosted by the Centre for New Writing - was to engage poets and critics in new conversations about recent British and Irish poetry, re-assess and contest prevailing ideas about poetry's relation to the present and the past, and to track new developments in poetics.

Don Paterson, 'New Tropes in Contemporary Poetry – A Theoretical Approach'

Thursday, 12 September 2013, 11am

Peter Fallon, Jeff Wainwright, Sean O'Brien

Thursday, 12 September 2013, 4pm

Gwyneth Lewis, '"What country friends is this?": does nationality exist in poetry?'

Friday, 13 September 2013, 12noon 

Maurice Riordan (Poetry Review), Michael Schmidt (PN Review) & Gerry Cambridge (The Dark Horse)

Friday, 13 September 2013, 4pm

J T Welsch, York St John University
The Generation Game: Cohort-Making in Contemporary British Poetry

Recording not available at this time.

Joey Connolly, Independent
Form and Progress in Dear World & Everyone In It and New British Poetry

Friday, 13 September 2013, 5pm

Great British Poetry: Lavinia Greenlaw, Kathleen Jamie and Gwyneth Lewis

Friday, 13 September 2013, evening event

Matthew Campbell, 'Poetry as geophany'

Saturday, 14 September 2013, 11am

Paul Muldoon and Don Paterson

Saturday, 14 September 2013, evening event (Part 1)

Paul Muldoon and Don Paterson

Saturday, 14 September 2013, evening event (Part 2)