Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.
Talk and Networking with Luke StephensonTuesday, March 11th, 2014, 6:30 pm | Free, advance booking required
Redeye is proud to present an evening talk and networking event with Jerwood Photography Prize winner Luke Stephenson, looking at his work which explores life in Britain and the British psyche through a series of projects including Spectacle Wearing Folk, The World Beard and Moustache Wearing Championships, The Clown Egg Register and An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds amongst others. Visit the Redeye website for details.
'Unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh...if you've been waiting for a cross between Nicola Barker and Christos Tsiolkas, this is it' Viv Groskop, The Times. Featured as one of the The Culture Show's Best New British Novelists, Evie Wyld has been described as writing both terrifying and beautiful 'hair-pricking' thrillers. During this in conversation event Evie will also be reading from her published novels and writing to come, and signing books. Gregory Norminton has published novels, short stories, a book of aphorisms, translated Gustave Flaubert’s Dictionary of Received Ideas and written plays for radio, his website is www.gregorynorminton.co.uk Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.
Described by Hilary Mantel as "one of the best books I've read on the creative uses of adversity" Olivia Laing's second book The Trip to Echo Spring is an investigation into the liquid links between writers and alcohol and was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Prize, the Transmission Prize and was a book of the year in the Times, Observer, Metro, Economist and Times Literary Supplement. This discussion event sees Olivia sharing her thoughts on the relationship between alcohol and writing in a Q&A session and reading from her book. Contact [email protected] to reserve places.
Concert: The Musical Life of Anthony Burgess: Bridge, Elgar & Tippett with the Gildas QuartetFriday, March 28th, 2014, 7:30 pm | £5 full, £3 concessions
Our Burgess music collection is almost as extensive as our collection of the author's books and manuscripts. This concert offers the opportunity to hear chamber works from three of the 20th Century English composers who influenced Burgess's own musical compositions, and who Burgess liked to listen to when he wasn't working away at the typewriter. Click here to book tickets. The Gildas Quartet (2013 Tunnell Trust award winners and Park Lane Group artists) are an exciting young ensemble based in Manchester; read more about them at www.gildasquartet.co.uk. They will be performing Frank Bridge Three Idylls for String Quartet Edward Elgar String Quartet in E minor and Michael Tippett String Quartet in F sharp major
Helen Simpson is the author of five collections of short stories, the most recent of which is In-Flight Entertainment. Her previous books include Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories and Hey Yeah Right Get a Life. 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. Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.