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Martin Amis: Literature and Violence

Thursday 1 July, Martin Amis, Blake Morrison and John Gray go head to head on violence

Published on June 29th 2010.


Martin Amis: Literature and Violence

Accalimed novelist Martin Amis will be discussing the relationship between Literature and Violence at his next University of Manchester debate on Thursday 1 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 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.

It should be a lively event - let's hope it doesn't all kick-off - and will conclude with a Q and A session.

Amis BrochureBlake Morrison

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. There will be a podcast interview available after the event in the Manchester Review here.

The Martin Amis Public Events: Literature and Violence takes place on Thursday 1 July 2010 at 6.30pm at The Martin Harris Centre, The University of Manchester , Bridgeford Street , off Oxford Road , Manchester , M13 9PL. Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions)

Tickets are STILL available from Quay Tickets on www.quaytickets.com or 0870 428 0785. You can also contact the Martin Harris Centre box office on 0161 275 8951 or e-mail boxoffice@manchester.ac.uk.

John Gray

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