Thursday 30 June 2011

Final Amis event, 4th July

Don't miss the final Centre for New Writing literature event of the season. There are only a handful of tickets remaining so book now.
Monday 4th July 2011, 6.30pm
Tickets: £7 / £5

To book tickets please contact The Martin Harris Centre Box Office on 0161 275 8951 (Mon-Fri 2-4pm) or book online

On American Independence Day Martin Amis will be joined by guests novelist Will Self and Literary Editor of The Times Erica Wagner. Together they will explore the influence of America on the literature and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries.

They will discuss the particular characteristics of American culture and thought, and ask how the American tradition has influenced writers and thinkers from other countries.

The event will be the final Martin Amis Public Event as Professor Martin Amis completes his four year tenure at The University of Manchester. After extending his time at the University by a year, Amis and his family are moving to New York, the home city of his wife.

His sell out public events at the Centre for New Writing have been hugely popular – attracting luminaries such as Howard Jacobson, John Banville, and Melvyn Bragg.

Of his time in Manchester Amis said: “Teaching creative writing at Manchester has been a joy. I've become very fond of my colleagues, especially John McAuliffe and Ian McGuire. I was impressed by the four instalments of 'youth' I encountered - they seemed to me impressively independent-minded and non-ideological. I loved doing all the reading and the talking; and I very much took to the Mancunians. They are a witty and tolerant contingent. We are moving to NY purely for family reasons. I will never quite leave London, and I hope to revisit Manchester regularly.”

Erica Wagner
Erica Wagner works as Literary Editor of The Times. She also reviews regularly for The New York Times, and appears frequently on radio and on television. Erica has published a number of books.

Will Self
Author, columnist and TV panellist Will Self is the author of eighteen books, including seven novels, three novellas, four collections of short stories and four collections of journalism.



  1. Hmm, I went to the last Amis talk and was particularly charmed when he said that he doesn't tend to read much modern literature as he admires authors of bygone eras and he showed a general aloof disinterest in new talent which doesn't seem like a quality to look for in a Prof of creative writing. I love Colm Toibin on the other hand..

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