Stockport have announced two authors and poets who will be appearing there as part of Read Regional 2018. Read Regional are bringing twelve northern writers and their wonderful new books to venues across the North of England. Schools, festivals and libraries in our towns and cities, from east to west coast, are participating
in the campaign, making this a truly region-wide festival of reading.:
(1) Meet Guy Mankwoski, author of An Honest Deceit, as part of the Read Regional 2018 events. Guy Mankowski’s first novel, The Intimates, was published by Legend Press in 2011. His second, Letters from Yelena, was researched in the world of Russian ballet, and was adapted for the stage for a one-off performance at Dance City, Newcastle. An excerpt from it was used in GCSE training material by Osiris.
His third novel was set in Manchester’s post-punk scene and written as part of a creative writing PhD at Northumbria University. An Honest Deceit was published in 2016.
(2) Read Regional Poetry workshop and readings with Antony Dunn. Join us for an Exploring Poetry session, where you can read and discuss contemporary poetry in a friendly environment. Exploring Poetry is for anyone who wants to find out more about contemporary poetry, how to read it and which poets to look out for.The Exploring Poetry leaders, Anna Woodford and Linda France, will work with you to share ideas about what works and how poetry makes you feel. You should come away with an idea of which contemporary poets you might enjoy and ideas of what to read next. The sessions are relaxed and informal, and no knowledge of poetry is required. After the workshop Antony Dunn will be sharing and discussing the poems from his new book Take this one to bed.
Antony Dunn was born in London in 1973, and now lives in Leeds. He won the Newdigate Prize in 1995 and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2000. In 2015, he was the editor of Ex Libris, a volume of selected poems by David Hughes. He has published three previous collections of poems, Pilots and Navigators, Flying Fish and Bugs. Take this One to Bed explores the passions and tensions of how we live together.
(3) Meet Preston born author Jenn Ashworth who will be talking about her latest book Fall.
Fell is a novel about miracles – wanted and otherwise – magic, healing and the danger of hope. It’s also about a family who run a lodging house on the edge of Morecambe Bay in a little town called Grange-over-Sands. One day, a mysterious and charismatic lodger arrives, claiming that he can heal Netty – the landlady of the house – of her terminal cancer. The novel is narrated by a pair of regretful ghosts, woken into being by their daughter’s return to the now abandoned lodging house. So it’s partly a ghost story, partly an exploration of loss and illness and magic, and
it’s partly about what happens when you do and don’t get exactly what you wished for.
Jenn Ashworth was born in Preston. She studied English at Cambridge and has since then gained an MA from Manchester University, trained as a librarian and run a prison library in Lancashire. Her first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, was published in 2009 and won a Betty Trask Award. Her third novel, The Friday Gospels, was
published to resounding critical acclaim. She currently lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster.