Season’s greetings from the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. Here’s our final newsletter of 2018 with some exciting news and details of events we’ve got coming up in 2019. We hope to see you there!

NEWS:

 

2018 Manchester Writing Competition finalists

Read the poems and stories in the running for this year’s Manchester prizes

 

Manchester Poetry Prize 2018 shortlist revealed

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy returns to judge £10,000 winner in competition’s 10th anniversary year

Read the news item here: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/story/9037/

 

Diverse international shortlist revealed for Manchester Fiction Prize 2018

A six-strong shortlist of writers from both sides of the Atlantic compete for the £10,000 prize  

Read the news item here: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/english/about-us/news/story/?id=9171

 

Manchester Writing Competition Anniversary Gala

Friday 1st February 2019, Chetham’s Library Baronial Hall  

Join us for a very special evening to award the 2018 Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes – and celebrate ten years of the Manchester Writing Competition with Carol Ann Duffy, special guests and an all-star line-up.

Book your free tickets at: http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/manchester-writing-competition-award-ceremony-and-anniversary-gala

 

EVENTS:

 

Poetry in the Multilingual Classroom CPD evening

Thursday 17th January 2019, Manchester Met Geoffrey Manton Building

FREE but places strictly limited so pre-booking essential

Teachers, librarians and education managers: join us to explore how poetry can be used in schools to foster inter-cultural understanding and to facilitate greater creativity. Workshop leaders include our Mandy Coe, Sam Illingworth, Anjum Malik, Shirley May and Andrew McMillan.

Book your places now at:

http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/poetry-in-the-multilingual-classroom

 

“Ecological nightmares in the work of Robinson Jeffers”

Poetry Workshop with Andre Naffis-Sahely

Tuesday 22nd January 2019, Manchester Met John Dalton Building

FREE but places strictly limited so pre-booking essential

A special chance to spend some time with one of the Manchester Writing School’s most exciting visiting fellows, André Naffis-Sahely. Consider how California’s most famous and influential poet voiced his concerns over our unbalanced relationship with our natural surroundings.

Spaces strictly limited, so book your free tickets now at:

http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/ecological-nightmares-in-the-work-of-robinson-jeffers-poetry-workshop-with

 

“Robinson Jeffers: The Loving Inhumanist”

Guest Lecture with Andre Naffis-Sahely

Wednesday 23rd January 2019, Manchester Met 70 Oxford Street

FREE but places strictly limited so pre-booking essential

This lecture with special guest Andre Naffis-Sahely will consider The Double Axe and Other Poems (1948). The anti-militarism of the book and the author’s uncompromising philosophy of inhumanism eventually led to the downfall of one of the 20th century’s greatest American poets. Why?

Spaces strictly limited, so book your free tickets now at:

http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/robinson-jeffers-the-loving-inhumanist-guest-lecture-with-andre-naffi-sahel

 

The People’s Poetry Lectures

Michael Symmons Roberts on W. H. Auden

Wednesday 6th February 2019, The Principal Hotel

Tickets: £7/£5

Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University present The People’s Poetry Lectures: today’s leading writers talking about their favourite poets. The second in our new series features Michael Symmons Roberts on W. H. Auden. Join Michael and Carol Ann in the relaxed setting of Manchester’s iconic Principal Hotel for an informal evening celebrating poetry.

Tickets include a collector’s edition printed copy of Michael’s lecture and drink on arrival. Book now at:

http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/the-peoples-poetry-lectures-michael-symmons-roberts-on-w.-h.-auden

 

Carol Ann Duffy & Friends: Kate Fox

Monday 11th March 2019

The Royal Exchange Theatre

Tickets: £13/£11

Following the unprecedented success of past seasons, Carol Ann Duffy returns to host the Manchester Writing School’s hugely successful series at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and poetry with special guest Kate Fox and student readers from Manchester Met’s Creative Writing Masters programme. Not to be missed!

For further details and to book your tickets go to: http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/carol-ann-duffy-friends-kate-fox

 

The People’s Poetry Lectures

Andrew McMillan on Thom Gunn

Thursday 7th March 2019, The Principal Hotel

Tickets: £7/£5

Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University present The People’s Poetry Lectures: today’s leading writers talking about their favourite poets. The third in our new series features Andrew McMillan on Thom Gunn. Join Andrew and Carol Ann in the relaxed setting of Manchester’s iconic Principal Hotel for an informal evening celebrating poetry.

Tickets include a collector’s edition printed copy of Michael’s lecture and drink on arrival. Book now at:

http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/the-peoples-poetry-lectures-andrew-mcmillan-on-thom-gunn

 

Writers at Manchester Met:

Fiona Benson and Seán Hewitt

Wednesday 14th March 2019, Manchester Met 70 Oxford Street

FREE but places strictly limited so pre-booking essential

Join two of our most urgent and important contemporary poets as they launch new work. Fiona Benson has written poems which will come to define the age through which we are living. Seán Hewitt’s poems have been characterised by their “musicality, and their sensuous, tender rapture”.

All welcome. Book your free tickets now at:

http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/writers-at-manchester-met-wild-bodies-fiona-benson-and-sean-hewitt

 

Simon Stephens Presents…

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

The Royal Exchange Theatre

Tickets: £13/£11

Tony-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens presents an evening of exciting new work from Manchester Metropolitan University where he is Professor of Scriptwriting. The series will feature scripts for stage, screen and radio by students of the Manchester Writing School performed by actors from the Manchester School of Theatre’s conservatory repertoire. Simon will also introduce performances of work by special guests.

For further details and to book your tickets go to: http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/events/simon-stephens-presents