Martin Amis Public Events: Literature and Violence
World famous novelist Martin Amis will be discussing the relationship between Literature and Violence at his next University of Manchester debate on Thursday 1st July 2010.
The writer will be joined by high profile guests Blake Morrison and John Gray for the evening event at the University's Martin Harris Centre.
The event will offer a unique chance to hear Professor Amis and his guests discuss the psychological and cultural roots of violent acts, and consider the ways in which writers from Shakespeare to JG Ballard depict and respond to violence.
Highly acclaimed writer Blake Morrison has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti. Some of his work includes As If (1997) written about the murder of the toddler James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993 and ‘The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper ' written about Peter Sutcliffe the Yorkshire Ripper.
Renowned political philosopher John Gray is the author of several distinguished books including Al Quaeda and What it Means to Be Modern, Straw Dogs and Black Mass.
Organisers at the Centre for New Writing expect a lively and stimulating evening which will conclude with a Q and A session, allowing members of the public and students to put questions to the panel.
Martin Amis has been Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre since September 2007, and takes part in four public debates on issues in contemporary literature each year.
These complement the Centre's regular 'Literature Live' readings, which showcase the best established and emerging novelists and poets.
Event organisers are pleased to announce that a podcast interview will be available after the event in the Manchester Review http://www.themanchesterreview.co.uk/
Date: Thursday 1st July 2010
Venue: The Martin Harris Centre, The University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street, off Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions)