Literature: Manchester Writing – Ed Caesar on tennis, love and politics
- Thu 18 Jan 2018
- 7:00 pm
The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to present an evening with Ed Caesar. This special event officially welcomes Ed to the 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.
Ed Caesar is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Outside, The Smithsonian Magazine, Esquire, The Sunday Times Magazine, British GQ and The Independent. His 2016 book, Two Hours, about the world’s greatest distance runners and their quest to run the fastest ever marathon was described by The Observer as “a celebration of the human spirit” and won the British Sports Book Award. Read his full profile on the Manchester Writing School website here: www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/writers/ed-caesar
Manchester Writing is a series which explores the techniques authors use and choices they make when writing, and debate issues arising from their work. Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar and copies of Ed’s books will be available from Blackwell’s bookstall, with signing after the event.