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Centre for New Writing

CNW Autumn 2019

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 2019 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

Literature Live: Ilya Kaminsky, Karen Solie & Vona Groarke

19:30 - 20:45 21 October 2019

Three internationally acclaimed poets read from their latest work. Karen Solie’s extraordinary new collection, The Caiplie Caves, is, says The Irish Times, ‘a great exhilaration of a book, casually distributing stunning and gladdening poems from all kinds of observations and occasions.’ Described by Max Porter as ‘perfectly extraordina..

17th Annual Rylands Poetry Reading with Kei Miller, Sinéad Morrissey and Matthew Welton

18:00 - 19:15 21 November 2019

This year’s Rylands Reading inaugurates a year-long celebration of the 50th birthday of Manchester independent literary publishers, Carcanet Press. Our readers are three poets discovered by Carcanet, who have gone on to be significant presences in the world of contemporary poetry. Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. His first Carcanet..

The Complete Works: Kamila Shamsie

18:45 - 28 November 2019

Part of: The Complete Works: Year 1 – Hope & Resistance Editor, critic & broadcaster Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE curates and presents a brand-new series of in-depth interviews at HOME, in partnership with the University of Manchester, with a line-up of some of our most exciting contemporary writers whose work embodies and has strong resonan..

Literature Live: Val McDermid & Denise Mina

19:00 - 20:15 30 November 2019

Queens of Crime, Val McDermid and Denise Mina, join us to discuss their brilliant new novels. In How the Dead Speak, Val brings Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan together again when the remains of a killer, who’s supposedly alive and in prison, are found on a construction site. In Conviction, Denise weaves the break-up of Anna McDonald’s..

Literature Live: Annual Caroline Chisholm Reading with Sara Collins

18:30 - 19:45 09 December 2019

This event honours the memory of writer Caroline Chisholm (MA Creative Writing, 2013), who was a valued member of the Centre for New Writing community. Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years in Cayman, before admitting that what she really wanted to do was write novels. She studied Creative Writing at Ca..

The Complete Works: Christina Lamb

18:45 - 20:00 16 December 2019

Editor, critic & broadcaster Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE presents a brand-new series of in-depth interviews at HOME, in partnership with the University of Manchester, with a line-up of some of our most exciting contemporary writers whose work embodies and has strong resonance with the powerful theme of Hope & Resistance. Christina Lamb is one..

The Complete Works: Aminatta Forna

19:00 - 20:15 20 January 2020

Part of: The Complete Works: Year 1 – Hope & Resistance Editor, critic & broadcaster Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE curates and presents this brand-new series of in-depth interviews at HOME, in partnership with the University of Manchester, with a line-up of some of our most exciting contemporary writers whose work embodies and has strong reso..

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