The Manchester Review

Fiction, poetry, reviews, public debate, visual art and video, all online from the Centre of New Writing.

Our exciting journal appears each spring and autumn, edited by John McAuliffe as well as PhD student Lucy Burns. It combines the best new writing from around the UK and the world, with reviews and discussions involving our students.

Special feature: Poems in a pandemic

Lauren Valensky
Students of the Centre for New Writing have created poetry to reflect living through COVID-19.

Students at The Centre of New Writing have responded to the global pandemic in their poetry, using their words to reflect the world in which we live and how their lives and broader society has been impacted by lockdown, by politics and by the way the human race has responded to this once-in-a-century event.

Issue 18


Issue 18
Issue 18 features images and illustrations courtesy Omenana, a tri-monthly online magazine, and Jalada Africa, a quarterly pan-African writer’s collective.

The Centre for New Writing has published a special edition of its literary review about African science and fantasy fiction, which includes a piece by an author whose novel is being made into a HBO series and will be produced by Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin.

Africa does not have a long-standing tradition of science fiction writing, but there is currently an explosion of creativity coming from the continent, and African authors are increasingly gaining international acclaim. This issue draws attention to the diversity of works in this field, and includes standard fiction stories, screenplays and graphic novels.

Issue 17


Issue 17 features artwork by William Black.
Issue 17 features artwork by William Black.

Issue 17 features an extract from Bei Dao's forthcoming memoir, 'City Gate, Open Up,' (out with Carcanet in April) as well as new fiction by Colette Paul, Nick Holdstock, Helen Cross, Benjamin Langley, Martin Chan, Sally Syson, and Jolene Tan, plus poetry from Max Schleicher, Tara Bergin, Scott McKendry, Niall Campbell, Penelope Shuttle, Carl Phillips, Janet Rogerson, Michael Symmons Roberts, Joey Connolly, Inalegwu Omapada Alifa, Kathryn Gray, Jill Jones, Bill Manhire, Callum Coles, John Paul Davies, Cal Freeman and Helen Bowell.

Issue 16

Illustration for issue 16
Issue 16 features artwork by Aliyah Hussain.

Issue 16 presents fiction by Jamie Alcock, Joe Davies, Liza Costello, Ben Paynter, Jane Feaver, Robert Perron, Tom Vowler and Douglas W. Milliken, as well as poetry by Amanda Gomez, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Carmine Starnino, Marion McCready, Bee Vanunu, Nyla Matuk, Michelle O'Sullivan, Thomas McCarthy, Edward Doegar, Elaine Feeney, Patrick Cotter, Katrina Naomi, James Giddings, Edward O'Dwyer, Claire Åkebrand, Sarah Corbett and Dore Kiesselbach.

Issue 15

photograph of an alarm clock
Issue 15 features artwork by Andy Broadey.

Our spring 2016 issue presents work by established writers including Beverley Bie Brahic, Michael Farrell, Tom French and Elizabeth Smither (of Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, respectively), as well as new writers from the Caribbean (Jannie Horsford), North America (Laura Legge and Sara Lane among others) and Ireland (Fergus Cronin and Cathal McCabe). We are also excited to be publishing work by a number of UK poets and fiction writers who are just beginning to make their mark.

Issue 14

Issue 14 features artwork by David Summers.
Issue 14 features artwork by David Summers.

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.

In addition to all the great writing, we are particularly pleased to be able to feature David Summers' wonderfully deft oil paintings. David is a Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia.

Issue 13

Issue 13 of The Manchester Review features artwork by Debbie Goldsmith.
Issue 13 features artwork by Debbie Goldsmith.

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.

This issue also includes wonderful poems from Simon Howarth, Lamorna Elmer, Neil Rollison, Pam Thompson, Jim Daniels and Alan Gillis, alongside fiction by authors Rob McClure-Smith, David Gaffney, Sharon Millar, Jim Quinn and Emily-Jo Hopson.

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