Here are some upcoming events from the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, including a series to celebrate UNESCO International Mother Language Day later this month. All welcome. We hope to see you there!

EVENTS:

 

An Evening of Urdu Poetry

 

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

Manchester Met Geoffrey Manton Building. FREE entry.

Join us for Manchester Metropolitan University’s first ever Mushaira – a traditional poetry symposium and forum for freedom of expression – to celebrate UNESCO International Mother Language Day. Zahid Hussain and the Manchester Muslim Writers will be introducing Urdu-speaking poets from Manchester and beyond, including our Anjum Malik (Lecturer in Creative Writing) and special guests. Poetry will be performed in Urdu and in English, and refreshments and light bites will be served. All welcome.

For further details and to book your free tickets go to: aneveningofurdupoetry.eventbrite.com

 

International Mother Language Day: Poetry Workshops

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 9.15am-5.30pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

FREE to attend but places are strictly limited and advanced booking essential.

A full day of FREE workshops on poetry translation, languages and film at the Burgess Foundation. Sessions will be led by Manchester Writing School visiting teaching fellows André Naffis-Sahely and David Shook, and special guests Mary Jean Chan and the Poetry Translation Centre. The day is open to everyone but places are strictly limited and advanced booking is essential.

For further details and to book your free tickets go to: motherlanguagestranslationworkshops.eventbrite.com

 

Manchester Writing: Mary Jean Chan, André Naffis-Sahely and David Shook with Helen Mort

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7-8.30pm

International Anthony Burgess Foundation. FREE entry.

The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to present special guest poets Mary Jean Chan, André Naffis-Sahely and David Shook for an evening of reading and discussion to celebrate International Mother Language Day – and Manchester’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. Hosted by our Helen Mort (Lecturer in Creative Writing). Not to be missed!

For further details and to book your free tickets go to: mcrwritinginternationalmotherlanguagesday.eventbrite.com

 

A Body of Words: Perspectives on Body Image

7-10pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation. FREE entry.

A new series offering critical and creative perspectives on body image from academics and poets. The events feature poetry in performance, audience discussions and creative writing prompts and aim to start dialogue around the issues raised. Events in the series include:

13th February: Desire & Eating Bodies with Dr Angelica Michelis & Malika Booker

14th March: Selfie-aware with Dr Anne Burns, Dr Nikolai Duffy & Andrew McMillan

25th April: The Body Beautiful with Dr Muzna Rahman, Alan Buckley & Helen Mort

Come along and join the conversation. Free to attend and booking not required. For further details see: http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events

 

Jean Sprackland: Green Noise and Gravestones

Monday 5th March 2018, 5.30pm, Manchester Met Geoffrey Manton. FREE entry.

Our Professor Jean Sprackland will read new work from two forthcoming books: Green Noise, a collection of poems, and These Silent Mansions, a collection of essays about graveyards. The poems in Green Noise inquire into the natural world and our human place in it, by investigating hidden worlds within worlds: oak-apples, aphid farms, firewood teeming with small life. These Silent Mansions arises from a lifetime of exploring churchyards and cemeteries. It attempts to reconstruct the stories of forgotten individuals. Jean will talk about some of the themes and preoccupations – place, memory, the nature of time and loss – which are at the heart of both books, and about the work of other writers which has inspired and influenced them. This inaugural lecture features a response from special guest poet James Sheard.

For further details and to book your free tickets go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/green-noise-and-gravestones-a-reading-of-poetry-and-prose-tickets-41210027301

 

Manchester Writing: Rachel Lichtenstein and Gregory Norminton

Thursday 15th March 2018, 7-8.30pm, Burgess Foundation. FREE entry.

The Manchester Writing School and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation present an evening with Rachel Lichtenstein and Gregory Norminton. This special event welcomes Rachel to the Manchester Writing School as our first Reader in Place Writing, and celebrates our Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Gregory’s acclaimed novel, The Devil’s Highway, a celebration of and elegy for the place where he grew up. The event will feature reading and discussion, including audience Q&A.

For further details and to book your free tickets go to: mcrwritingrachelandgregory.eventbrite.com

 

Writers at Manchester Met: Ahmed Sadaawi – CANCELLED

Monday 5th February 2018, 6pm, Manchester Met Geoffrey Manton.

Please note that tonight’s event with Ahmed Sadaawi has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule for later in the year. Ticket holders have been contacted.

 

COURSES:

Short Courses in Creative Writing

Apply now for these 2018 summer courses  

Our summer term short courses are intensive, vocationally-led programmes in specialist writing skills and creative practitioning. Topics include Avant-garde Poetry & Virtual Reality, Crime Fiction, Historical Fact to Fiction, Teaching Creative Writing, and Writing About Relationships. There’s also our two-day Summer School where you can choose from a programme of sessions in poetry, fiction, children’s writing, and meet current students and staff, for a taste of life in the Manchester Writing School. Join us this summer!

For further details and to apply, visit mmu.ac.uk/english/courses/short/creative/ or contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk.

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