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Anthology launches Manchester’s “dazzling” new writing talent

14 Jun 2011

Manchester’s new writing talent will gather on June 16th to celebrate and read from a new anthology of their work.

The Manchester Anthology

The Manchester Anthology showcases the best writing from 31 new writers who are taught by Martin Amis, Geoff Ryman, MJ Hyland and Ian McGuire as part of The University of Manchester’s prestigious Centre for New Writing.

The volume gathers a selection of the authors’ best prose, from short stories to novels in progress.

Jenn Ashworth, critically acclaimed author of Cold Light said, “The energy and diversity in the work collected here undermines the oft-quoted belief that graduates of creative writing courses produce a particular style and type of writing.

"There’s nothing ‘cookiecutter’ about this fiction – the confidence and clarity of the work here is dazzling.”

The writers are all working towards an MA in Creative Writing from what The Independent has called “one of the highest profile creative writing courses in the English speaking world.”

Ian McGuire, Co-director at the Centre for New Writing said, “The anthology is inspiring stuff. It’s a great chance for readers to sample the best new writing coming out of Manchester, and for the authors to show what they can do.”