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By Jacqueline Grima


Staff and students from the Manchester Met Arts and Humanities postgraduate community gathered in the university’s Righton Building last week for the ‘Coming Together’ event. The event, which coincided with Manchester Writing School’s Creative Writing Summer School, saw campus and distance learning students come together after a year of hard work and fantastic achievements.

The evening began with a drinks reception and some entertainment by band Tune Inn. Next, guests were welcomed by Manchester Writing School Manager James Draper and Manchester Met’s Professor Jenny Rowley, who both praised the hard work of the faculty’s students and staff throughout the year, as well as that of the organisers of the Coming Together event.

Special guest of the evening was poet Johnny Payne, Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Johnny read a selection of poems from his new collection Heaven of Ashes. Johnny’s poems have been described as ‘Cadillacs and vodka, porcupines and Pringles, hambone blues and Sartre eating on the beach’ and the collection is available to buy now from Mouthfeel Press.

The event also featured a series of presentations from the faculty’s PhD students, including Hanan Ben Nafa from PhD Languages and Charlene Crossley and Nicola Harding, from PhD Criminology. Attendees also had the chance to view a series of Visual Displays from MA Interior Design student Sonal Wadhawan and the rest of the Interior Design team.

Postgraduate Experience Support Tutor Kate Johnson, who organised the event, said, “I am delighted to see postgraduates from all parts of the new Arts and Humanities Faculty connecting with each other this evening. I’m seeing research students chatting with MA students, sociologists with architects, creative writers with photographers, and linguists talking to interior designers. I am particularly pleased that so many of our distance learners are here in person – a great turn out from the Creative Writing Summer School and the whole cohort of MSc Communication, Behaviour and Credibility Analysis have come from all over the globe to meet their lecturers and each other.”

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