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

Centre for New Writing Macaronic Poetry Evening (part of International Mother Language Day)

17:30 - 18:30 19 February 2021

Join us online for an evening celebrating bilingual poetry and macaronic poetry, which uses a mixture of languages. There will be an opportunity to hear readings in English, but which draws on Farsi too. Poets from the Centre for New Writing will perform poetry and share stories about identity, culture and community, in their native language...

Decolonising Mother Tongues (part of International Mother Language Day)

19:00 - 20:30 23 February 2021

Hear from a panel on decolonising translation, chaired by Dr. Kavita Bhanot, who writes on mother-tongue shame, translating across generations, and decolonising translation. Kavita will be joined by acclaimed British Asian playwright Amber Lone, who will discuss her writing and the creative writing workshops she has conducted with women from S..

Manchester’s DNA: 2. Poet in Residence Workshop (part of International Mother Language Day)

14:00 - 15:00 26 February 2021

Poetry can provide an insight into the richly diverse and dynamic communities that make up Greater Manchester. Newly appointed, award-winning ‘Poet in Residence’, Zaffar Kunial will lead a multilingual poetry workshop, exploring the craft of writing poems in different languages and how language can be used creatively. Event by Double Hel..

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