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Centre for New Writing

Ali Smith at Manchester Literature Festival event.

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 Spring 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

The Next Wave: Canadian Poetry in the 21st Century

19:00 - 21:00 29 April 2019

"What The Next Wave shows us is that little self-involved garrison outpost has been completely overrun, and everything is up for grabs. What is poetry? What is Canadian? What should these things be in the twenty-first century? Poets are finally giving us answers that are as complex and varied as the country itself." - Richard Sanger, The Walr..

John Rylands Poetry Reading with Leontia Flynn and Zaffar Kunial: SOLD OUT

17:00 - 19:30 09 May 2019

Please join us from 5 pm at the John Rylands Library for a reception and a collection encounter showcasing some of the most interesting letters held in the Special Collections at the University of Manchester Library. The poetry reading will start at 6 pm. Leontia Flynn has published four collections of poetry with Jonathan Cape. Winner of th..

An Evening with Moby

20:00 - 21:15 05 June 2019

Born in Harlem in 1965, Moby started out playing tracks in New York City’s bars and clubs and gradually became an acclaimed singer-songwriter, musician and DJ. In the summer of 1999, he released the album Play and its international success catapulted him to superstardom overnight. Suddenly he was living in a sky castle on Central Park West,..

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