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Don't miss the final Centre for New Writing literature event of the season

02 Jun 2011

Martin Amis Public Event on Monday 4 July 2011 (6.30pm) in The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

Tickets: £7 / £5

To book tickets:

  • Contact The Martin Harris Centre Box Office on 0161 275 8951 (Mon-Fri 2-4pm)
  • Book online at Quaytickets

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.”