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, Sarah Waters, John Banville, Hilary Mantel, Neil Gaiman, Paul Muldoon, Rose Tremain and Hanif Kureishi.

We are looking forward to welcoming our audiences back to our in-house literature live events. For now, we hope you enjoy watching our online literature events. Keep checking our social media pages or sign up to our newsletter for further news and updates.

Upcoming events

Manchester Literature Festival Spring 2021 Online Events- Caleb Femi Hosted by Vanessa Kisuule

08 - 30 April 2021

This event will be first broadcast at 7.30pm on Thursday 8 April 2021 and be available to watch until 30 April. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned. A rising star on the British poetry scene, Caleb Femi’s debut collection Poor considers what it is to be a young, working class Black man, living in South London in the 21st Century. O..

Manchester Literature Festival Spring 2021 Online Events- Kazuo Ishiguro & Jackie Kay in Conversation

19 April - 17 May 2021

This event will be first broadcast at 7.30pm on Mon 19 April 2021 and available to watch until 17 May. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned. ‘Do you believe in the human heart?’ In his magnificent new novel Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro asks whether humans are unique and, if we are, what makes us so? A story of connection, und..

Manchester Literature Festival Spring 2021 Online Events- Roger Robinson Hosted by Malika Booker

25 March - 30 April 2021

This event will be first broadcast at 7.30pm on Thursday 25 March 2021 and be available to watch until 30 April. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned. One of the most prominent voices in the Black-British writing canon, Roger Robinson is a celebrated poet and musician who has performed around the world. His 2019 poetry collection A Po..

Natalie Diaz NEW COMMISSION Hosted by Mary Jean Chan

22 April - 21 May 2021

This event will be first broadcast at 7.30pm on Thursday 22 April 2021 and available to watch until 21 May. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned. ‘Natalie Diaz is a poet who calls out to us in so many ways, who reaches out to embrace her lover, her people, and her country.’ Her most recent collection Postcolonial Love Poem explore..

Novel Voices- Natasha Brown and Jarred McGinnis in Conversation with Ellah Wakatama

19:00 - 20:00 26 April 2021

Taking place between February and April 2021, Novel Voices is a five- part, online series featuring Ellah P. Wakatama in conversation with 10 debut authors who are helping to shape 2021's literary landscape. The final event taking place on 26 April will feature writers Natasha Brown and Jarred McGinnis. Natasha Brown has spent a decade worki..

Jhumpa Lahiri & Kamila Shamsie in Conversation

20 - 27 May 2021

This event will be first broadcast at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 May 2021 and available to watch for 7 days. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned. ‘I’m both ablaze with energy and sapped of it.’ In Whereabouts, Jhumpa Lahiri’s stunning new novel, an unnamed woman, in an unnamed Italian city, assesses her daily life. Her friends, he..

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