By Jacqueline Grima
The ever popular ‘Manchester Writing’ series will soon be returning to Manchester Met with a fantastic schedule of events lined up for the 2016/17 academic year. The series, which is hosted by Manchester Writing School in collaboration with the Anthony Burgess Foundation, aims to explore the many techniques authors use when writing as well as to debate issues that arise from their work.
Upcoming events for the autumn term include a chance to join Lecturer in Creative Writing Gregory Norminton on Thursday 6th October as he launches his new book The Ghost Who Bled. The book will be published this month by Comma Press and Gregory will be joined at the event by graduate of the Manchester Writing School’s MA in Creative Writing Lara Williams who will talk about her work as a journalist and fiction writer.
On 10th November, Manchester Writing welcomes writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker Jonathan Meades. Jonathan’s fictional works include Filthy English, Pompey and The Fowler Family Business. His most recent book An Encyclopaedia Of Myself won Best Memoir in the Spear’s Book Awards 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Pen Ackerley Prize.
In December, special guest Andrew Lees will be talking about his book, Mentored by a Madman: the William Burroughs Experiment. Andrew is a Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital, London and his book tells of his quest to find a better treatment for Parkinson’s disease. At the event, he will read from his work and take questions from the audience.
Manchester Writing School Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Joe Stretch hopes to see as many book lovers as possible attending this term’s events. He said, “Manchester Writing is about coming together to share and interrogate our love of reading, writing and beautifully-choreographed light entertainment. If you like stories, or if you want to learn more about writing, then come and listen to readings from published authors and Manchester Met students and take part in the discussions.”