Live Literature brings renowned writers to Bolton

Posted on Thursday 3rd October 2013
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Poet and University of Bolton, Creative Writing Senior Lecturer, Anne Caldwell.

Two of the North West’s most celebrated poets are coming to Bolton as part of a series of new cultural events being held at Bolton Central Library in partnership with the University of Bolton.

The Live Literature Series is a trio of free performances by renowned poets and novelists taking place at the Library. The first session is on Tuesday 15 October with readings from acclaimed poets, Mike Garry and Kim Moore.

Mike Gerry is a multi-award winning, internationally renowned poet and a proud Mancunian. He is also a regular cultural commentator for the BBC and has written two critically-acclaimed books about his beloved home city – Mancunian Meander and God is a Manc.

He is also often asked to write poems about the city for significant cultural events and major campaigns. In 2012, Manchester United commissioned Mike to write a poem to launch Nike’s Made in Manchester campaign. The poem, called ‘The Threads that Weave’, received praise from around the world.

Mark will be joined by Cumbria-based poet, Kim Moore, who has won many writing awards including the Eric Gregory Award and the Geoffrey Dreamer prize. In 2012 she was one of three winners of the Fermoy International Poetry Anthology Competition.

In the same year, her first pamphlet, ‘If We Could Speak Like Wolves’, was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. 

It was also chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012. Her poems have been published in Poetry Review, Poetry London, and many other publications.

The next event in the series will feature poet Michael Schmidt and novelist Cath Staincliffe on Tuesday 12 November at 7pm. The final performance takes place on Tuesday 3 December and showcases the work of poets Clare Shaw and Anne Caldwell.

Anne is also a Creative Writing Senior Lecturer at the University of Bolton. She said: ‘These events are an opportunity for Bolton’s residents and students to see some wonderful readings and performances from some of the nation’s most talented writers.

The University has always had strong links with the library service and these joint events celebrate this fruitful relationship. Plus, the readings are free, so there is no excuse to miss them. ’    

The events are free with light refreshments served and will be held at Lecture Theatre Two, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton. 

To book call 01204 332209.