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

LITERATURE LIVE! Nicolas Padamsee and Keiran Goddard in conversation

18:30 - 20:00 15 April 2024

We're delighted to be working with the Blackwells Book Store to host Nicolas Padamsee and Keiran Goddard as part of their Literature Live series. Nicolas and Kieran will be talking about their new novels ENGLAND IS MINE and I SEE BUILDINGS FALL LIKE LIGHTNING with host Luke Brown. Doors: 18.30, starts: 18.45 Tickets are £3.50 or free when p..

David Nicholls in Conversation

19:00 - 22 April 2024

A welcome return to Manchester Literature Festival for one of the UK’s best loved authors. David Nicholls joins us to discuss his witty and engrossing new novel, You Are Here. The story of two lonely people, thirty-eight-year-old Marnie and forty-two-year-old Michael, battered by break-ups and the loss of the futures they’d hoped for. Brou..

SEAGLASS - Kathryn Tann in conversation with Horatio Clare

18:30 - 20:00 09 May 2024

We're delighted to be working with Blackwells Book Store Manchester to host the launch of Kathryn Tann's SEAGLASS - her new essay collection which reflects on shared experiences, anxieties, body confidence and contentment, food and family, and a growing connection to the natural world. Kathryn will be in conversation with Horatio Clare Doors:..

Olivia Laing: The Garden Against Time

19:00 - 10 May 2024

‘A garden is a time capsule, as well as a portal out of time.’ In her compelling new work of non-fiction The Garden Against Time, Olivia Laing brings to life her own slice of paradise: the restoration of a garden designed by Mark Rumary of Notcutts. Alongside her own endeavours, Olivia explores the idea of paradise and gardens, real and i..

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