Booklaunch: WOLF TIDE: Catherine Fox and Livi Michael in conversation
The second of a new series of author events in partnership with the Manchester Writing School at MMU launches Catherine Fox’s latest young-adult novel, WOLF TIDE. 17 year-old Anabara Nolio is descended from a long line of warriors. She is also a private investigator. When tasked with discovering the truth about the university library’s lost books she thinks it’s a simple case. But the city isle of Laridy is riddled with dark secrets and ancient magic – a legacy from historic dealings with the realm of the Fairy.
Catherine will be reading from the book and in conversation with fellow novelist and children’s author Livi Michael. She’ll also be discussing how “mid-list” novelists have had to diversify to see their work in print, how her next book was partly crowd-sourced via Twitter, how she’s used blogs and social media to secure a publisher.
The event will open with some short readings from TIMELINES, MMU’s collection of short historical fiction for teens, featuring stories and illustrations by students of the Manchester Writing School and Manchester School of Art at MMU. Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar, and there’ll be a special bookstall, with signing after the event. Read more about WOLF TIDE on the blog: http://wolftide.blogspot.co.
An evening with The Special Relationship, featuring Bad Language and Comma Press
London’s The Special Relationship is the polymath of literary evenings. Seeking out those rare folk who can write and perform, their nights regularly feature poets, authors, playwrights, journalists, comedians, film makers and even the odd rock-star. As far as we’re concerned, The Special Relationship presents the perfect antidote to the pre-Christmas build up.
This evening sees The Special Relationship‘s first visit to Manchester where they’ll be overseeing the seasonal short story antics of Bad Language, films with darkly festive themes and previews of Comma Press’ new and exciting literary app, Morphologies and the 2013 Short Story Day. We all know it’s far too early to be Christmas shopping; come and have a drink with us instead! Click here to get your tickets in advance.
Booklaunch: Melissa Lee-Houghton, Hanna Silva & Siddartha Bose
Three of the UK’s most exciting voices launch new collections in a night of cutting-edge modern poetry from award-winning independent literary publisher Penned in the Margins.
Blackburn poet Melissa Lee-Houghton celebrates the launch of her second book, Beautiful Girls: a raw and powerful account of mental illness that has been awarded a PBS Recommendation. Hanna Silva, widely acclaimed for her innovative vocal performances, launches her debut collection Forms of Protest and Siddhartha Bose launches Digital Monsoon, where dreams trigger extraordinary visions of an apocalyptic London populated by the ghosts of a multicultural city. Hosted and introduced by Tom Chivers of Penned in the Margins www.
In conversation: Ben Masters and Nick Royle
The first of a new series of free author events officially welcomes Ben Masters to Manchester and features him reading from his work and in conversation with Nicholas Royle. Ben’s first novel Noughties was published to critical acclaim in 2012 when he was also selected as one of Vogue’s 16 “Faces of the Future”. He has a host of journalistic credits to his name, has completed a PhD on post-war fiction at the University of Cambridge under Robert MacFarlane, and joined the Manchester Writing School at MMU as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in September 2013. Nicholas Royle – also a Senior Creative Writing Lecturer at MMU – is the author of seven novels, including First Novel, published to great fanfare earlier this year. He has written more than 100 short stories, edited 16 anthologies – including The Best British Short Stories for which he is series editor – and runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short fiction in limited edition chapbook format. Our bar will be open and there’ll be a special Blackwell’s bookstall with signing after the event. Contact email@example.com to reserve your tickets.
Concert: Distractfold Ensemble
The contemporary instrumental and electroacoustic ensemble return to the Engine House. Their programme will include Jonathan Harvey’s Lotuses and Fabrice Fitch’s Agricola IX for flute and string trio, plus electroacoustic work from John Young (Five Versions of Reality) and Constantin Popp (Triptych).
Booklaunch: Culture in Manchester / Postcolonial Manchester
Manchester University Press presents two major new titles: Culture in Manchester edited by Janet Wolff and Mike Savage, and Postcolonial Manchester edited by Lynne Pearce, Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw. Refreshments. Free and all welcome, please RSVP here.
Album launch: Video Jam
Boz Hayward has been associated with Video Jam since its conception and this event offers an opportunity to look back over his body of work so far. Alongside the ‘Bozchestra’ (traditionally acoustic guitar, a mariarchi bass/guitarron, violin, trumpet and percussion) Boz will perform his album’s-worth of material in its entirety, covering the cinematic and idiosyncratic styles he’s renowned for. Visit Video Jam for more information.
Booklaunch: Chuck Palahniuk
We’re delighted to welcome Chuck Palahniuk to the Burgess Foundation to launch his new novel Doomed. Madison Spencer, the liveliest dead girl in the universe, continues the afterlife adventure begun in the bestselling Damned. Turning bad taste into a major art-form, Doomed is a dark and twisted apocalyptic vision from this provocative storyteller. Touring the UK for the first time in many years, Chuck Palahniuk’s trangressional fiction and satirical horror stories include the novels Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club, and his non-fiction includes the collection Stranger Than Fiction. Not to be missed. THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT – RETURNS ONLY. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a waiting list.
Verse drama: TOWN by Joy Winkler
Joy Winkler’s innovative verse/drama TOWN is the moving tale of Rosie’s quest to find her birth mother, helped by a stranger and the magic of a town’s annual Festival. Dragons on bicycles, devils playing guitars and ‘a bit of magic after all these years’ are only part of the glittering backdrop to a story which will warm your heart. Live accompaniment composed and performed by Andrew Rudd. Former Cheshire Poets Laureate, Joy and Andrew also toured with ‘Bunch of Fives’ and ‘Fourpenny Circus’. Film backdrop produced by Ian Coppack features additional artwork by Cheshire artists Carl Longmate and Karen Rossart. Director: Kevin Dyer. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Tickets £6/£5, call 01625 612527 or 07710 409080.
Booklaunch: Weird Love, a collection of short stories from Pandril Press
Pandril Press’ second collection of short stories explores the ambiguities and nuances of love in its most diverse, startling and destructive guises. Weird Love is a new anthology which brings together published and new writers with lyrical, compelling and sometimes comic voices to tell tales of corrosive self-adoration, nuclear family fallout, forlorn desire and the quest for true(ish) love.