MMU will be marking its biggest involvement in the Manchester Literature Festival to date with a host of events next month.
The series of readings and discussions culminates on October 19th with the gala prize-giving for the £10,000 Manchester Poetry Prize, to be held at Chethams School of Music and hosted by the award-winning poet Adam O’Riordan, lecturer in creative writing at MMU.
Manchester Writing School Professor of Poetry, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be reading from her own collections and from William Carlos Williams, William Blake and Shakespeare at Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday, October 9th, accompanied by the band LiTTLe MACHiNe who use a variety of instruments to give a new twist to classic and contemporary poems.
Other Manchester Writing School tutors will also be appearing at the festival. Gregory Norminton, lecturer in creative writing, will be part of a panel at MadLab discussing the ethics of science at the launch of Bio-Punk, Comma’s new collection of specially commissioned short stories and commentaries exploring the issues surrounding bio-med research.
Andrew Biswell, principal lecturer in English and creative writing, will be discussing “50 Years of A Clockwork Orange” at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Andrew is Burgess’ official biographer, and has edited a special commemorative edition of the novel.
There will be a selection of events organised by the Manchester Children’s Book Festival team, including author Alex Scarrow talking about his TimeRiders series at the People’s History Museum on Friday, October 5th and Barry Hutchinson reading from his book Invisible Fiends at Z-Arts on October 10th.
Students from MMU Cheshire's BA (Hons) in Creative Writing will have their work showcased at the launch of the 8x8 anthology, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on Sunday, October 14th, and on the same day graduate Kei Miller will perform newly commissioned work responding to the current Hockney to Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress exhibition at The Whitworth Art Gallery.
Tickets, where needed, can be booked via http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/box-office.
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