New Publication Celebrates Inspirational Authors at Our University


A new anthology of stories written by Manchester students is due to be published later this month, celebrating the wealth of literary talent produced by the University of Manchester’s Center for New Writing.

The Manchester anthology features the works of 17 emerging authors who have just completed a Masters in Creative Writing, giving voice to new writers and launching their publishing careers.

The volume will be launched at a special event on the evening of November 14 at Manchester Science Park’s state-of-the-art Bright Building, and is expected to attract high-profile figures from the publishing industry.

Previous volumes of the anthology have featured contributions from students who have become acclaimed authors.

Among them is Rochdale-born Beth Underdown, whose debut novel The Witchfinder’s Sister became a Richard and Judy bestseller in 2017. Beth is now a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Manchester. That same year, writer and poet Alys Conran was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut novel, Pigeon.

More recently, Jessica Moor, a 2017 graduate, published her first novel, Keeper. She was named one of the top 10 first novelists of 2020 by Observer New Review and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize.

Professor John McAuliffe, co-director of the Center for New Writing, said: “The anthology is a fantastic student-led project that showcases the depth and diversity of literary talent coming out of the city. This means that each writer graduates from the Center for New Writing as a published author, with an in-depth understanding of how publishing works.

“This brilliantly varied anthology features seventeen recent Center for New Writing graduates, each of them working – in fiction, memoir and poems – with questions about difference and belonging, about the body and about ideas , about the joy and shame and the sometimes comical, sometimes excruciating ways in which we humans find out who we are.

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