• Culture, Manchester, Review

    Review: The Reno Reborn @ Whitworth Art Gallery

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    The Reno – a safe space in an “unsafe” neighbourhood The funk and soul cellar of Moss Side in the 80s was packed with iconic regulars, MPs and individuals like ‘Hurricane’ Higgins; all dancing to the beats of DJ Persian. The Reno’s iconic atmosphere returned to Manchester with the launch of Linda Brogan’s book about…

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    “The Poets’ Poet”: Jean Sprackland on Elizabeth Bishop

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    By Kamila SebestovaPhotography by Bryn Rogers A sense of “homelessness and other reality” is what Elizabeth Bishop gives the reader, according to poet and Professor Jean Sprackland. The Creative Writing lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University discussed Bishop’s poetry in Manchester’s iconic Principal Hotel last Thursday. The event was part of The People’s Poetry Lectures series, an ongoing…

  • Creative, Manchester

    A journey through the National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019

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    By Kamila Sebestova Additional reporting: Ben ThompsonPhotography: Aslan Lewis Creative writing industry professionals including award-winning authors, publishers, agents and editors helped new writers to navigate the process of publishing their work at the 2019 National Creative Writing Industry Day, organised by Comma Press and the Manchester Writing School. Debut novelist Sharlene Teo opened the event with…

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    The Portico Prize: Longlist – Exploring Northern Identity

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    Photography: Aslan Lewis ‘What does it mean to be a writer in the North?’ Three panel speakers together with Manchester Met senior lecturer Dr David Cooper try to answer that question with a discussion of the longlist of 17 authors nominated for this year’s The Portico Prize. The celebration of this year’s longlist takes place in an impressive…

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