Manchester Centre for New Writing

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The University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing runs taught MA courses and PhD research programmes in creative and critical writing. According to its website "It was formed to develop and refine postgraduate and undergraduate students' writing, and explore and research collaboration between creative and critical work."

It has a staff of distinguished writers including the novelists M. J. Hyland and Martin Amis, whose appointment as Professor of Creative Writing was announced in February 2007.[1] Amis was succeeded by Irish novelist and essayist Colm Toibin in October 2011, and Toibin was subsequently replaced by the current professor, Jeanette Winterson.

The Centre also runs the 'Literature Live' series of events,[2] in which well known contemporary novelists and poets read from and discuss their work with an audience of students and members of the public. Martin Amis, Toibin and now Winterson participate in a series of public events in Manchester throughout the year.

In October 2008 the Centre for New Writing launched a new cultural journal The Manchester Review. Edited by the Centre's co-directors John McAuliffe and Ian McGuire, the Review aims to "nurture and promote the best emerging talent as well as featuring new work by leading writers and artists."

It departs from the medium's conventions by existing only online, with new issues appearing each spring and autumn. These often include broadcasts of new music, public debates and video pieces, as well as visual art, fiction and poetry.

There is a varied season of summer events at the Centre for New Writing, including literary discussions with Martin Amis, Al Alvarez and Melvyn Bragg on Friday 3 July, 6.30pm.


  1. ^ "Martin Amis joins the University of Manchester", University of Manchester Press Office, 16 February 2007.
  2. ^ "The Centre for New Writing's Literature Live events", University of Manchester.

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