Becky Swain joins Manchester Metropolitan University this summer as Director of the Manchester Poetry Library. Becky is currently Head of Learning for the Arvon Foundation, the UK’s national organisation of residential writing centres.

Manchester Met will open the North West’s first public poetry library in 2020, its mission: to widen access to poetry and to support the creation and performance of new writing at every level from primary school to professional publication. The Poetry Library will be located in a new Man Met Arts and Humanities building on Oxford Road, co-located with the Manchester Writing School and Manchester School of Theatre

Becky said: “I am delighted to be joining Manchester Met to lead the creation of a poetry meeting place for students, researchers, writers, and anyone interested, curious about, or simply inspired by poetry. My experience of working with talented writers and communities has shown me that poetry has a special place in the hearts of so many living in this city.”

Professor Jean Sprackland, Chair of the Manchester Poetry Library, said: “Becky’s appointment as Director is a very exciting moment for Manchester Poetry Library, as we count down to opening in 2020. Becky is a brilliant leader, who brings vision, expertise and a powerful commitment to the power of poetry to change lives.”

Becky added: “For writers and readers alike, the best poetry and spoken word can explore what it means to be human and help us make sense of ourselves and the world around us. With the imagination and collaboration of partners and communities, we aim to shape a collection and public engagement programme that reflects the diversity of this amazing city and region.”

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