Manchester Writing School events: We hope all of our subscribers have had a good start to 2018. Here are some upcoming author events from the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. All welcome. We hope to see you there!

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Manchester Writing: Ed Caesar on tennis, love and politics
Thursday 18th January 2018, 7pm, Burgess Foundation. FREE entr
This special event officially welcomes Ed Caesar to the Writing School as a Visiting Teaching Fellow in Creative Non-fiction. Ed will be talking about tennis - specifically, John McPhee's classic Levels of the Game, which tells the story of the US Open Final of 1968 between Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner. He will be discussing how the book influenced him to write the story of the three-day tennis match at Wimbledon between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner - and how, while there are many ways in which narrative non-fiction apes fiction, this kind of story is non-fiction-specific. Ed will also be in conversation about the new possibilities of Creative Non-fiction and the way sport can be a tool to talk about love or politics. Not to be missed!
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Writers at Manchester Met: Ahmed Sadaawi
Monday 5th February 2018, 6pm, Manchester Met Geoffrey Manton. FREE entry.

Manchester Metropolitan University is delighted to present an evening with Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter and documentary film maker Ahmed Sadaawi and his English translator Jonathan Wright. Ahmed Sadaawi’s celebrated novel Frankenstein in Baghdad tackles the aftermath of the American occupation of Iraq, following a nameless figure made from the remains of bombing victims seeking revenge against their killers. Ahmed lives and works in Baghdad – a UNESCO City of Literature. This special event celebrates Manchester’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature and is presented in partnership between the Manchester Writing School and Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies with support from the British Council. 
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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.
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Manchester Writing: Rachel Lichtenstein and Gregory Norminton
Thursday 15th March 2018, 7pm, Burgess Foundation. FREE entry.

We’ll be welcoming Rachel Lichtenstein to the Manchester Writing School with this special Manchester Writing event on 15th March, which will also feature our Gregory Norminton’s latest novel. More details coming soon – but, for now, SAVE THE DATE!
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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 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 suite 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!
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