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

Kate Mosse in Conversation

16:30 - 07 October 2023

‘I am, indeed, notorious, feared over sea and land. I am the one they did not believe could exist. I am the commander of the Ghost Ship.’ In her gripping new novel,?The Ghost Ship, internationally acclaimed author Kate Mosse tells the tale of a woman in a man’s world. A tale of adventure and liberation, of hidden identities, of love and..

New Commission: Jason Allen-Paisant

14:00 - 14 October 2023

‘It is beautiful, oh my god it is.’ To mark the 200th anniversary of Manchester Art Gallery, award-winning poet Jason Allen-Paisant has created a trio of exquisite, luxurious, sensual and playful poems inspired by paintings and garments in the gallery’s collection and recent Dandy Style exhibition.?At this intimate event, Jason will perf..

Gaia Vince in Conversation  

14:00 - 15 October 2023

‘Have no doubt, we are facing a species emergency – but we can manage it. We can survive, but to do so will require a planned and deliberate migration of a kind humanity has never before undertaken.’?In her latest book,?Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval, Gaia Vince promotes the idea of planned and extensive migration as..

The Book of Beijing

16:00 - 15 October 2023

How does a city as complex as Beijing shape or inspire its authors and artists? Wen Zhen in her story ‘Date at the Art Gallery’ (translated by Jack Hargreaves) tells the story of a young woman, desperate to leave a city which carries so much history. It’s the story of a break-up, in both a romantic sense and with the place she feels trap..

PNR at 50 (Manchester Literature Festival 2023)

19:00 - 19 October 2023

7pm (Drinks Reception from 6pm) Join us for the annual Rylands Poetry Reading and raise a toast to PN Review, celebrating 50 years of publishing some of the most vital, diverse and provocative poetry, essays, interviews and reviews from around the globe. Contributing editors Anthony Vahni Capildeo,..

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