Northern Elements

Manchester based collective Bad Language bring together two well-known writers of poetry and prose to create new work established from content inside the Manchester Museum. 

Over the month of August, acclaimed writers Jenn Ashworth and Helen Mort will be working with the museum to develop new writing based on the exhibits. On the 22nd of August they will perform these pieces to a live audience in the heart of the museum, The Living World gallery, as part of an evening of new writing featuring work from emerging writers in the region. The project has been funded through Arts Council England and ARC as part of their Northern Elements series of events.

About the writers

 Helen Mort’s collection ‘Division Street’ is forthcoming from Chatto & Windus. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, ‘the shape of every box’ and ‘a pint for the ghost’, a Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, she won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

Jenn Ashworth was featured as one of the BBC Culture Show’s Best 12 New Novelists. She has written many short stories, and her first novel, ‘A Kind of Intimacy’, was published in February 2009 and was awarded The Betty Trask Award in 2010. Her second novel ‘Cold Light’ is out now and her third novel is forthcoming.

About the event

The live event will take place on the 22nd August at 7:30 in The Living World gallery in the museum. Tickets are priced £5 for adults, and £3 for concessions. You can purchase them here.

The event will also feature performances by some fantastic emerging writers, who were selected through a call-out. They are:
John Leyland
Nija Dalal
Anneliese Mackintosh
Emma Lannie
Alex Keelan

You can find out more by heading over to the Facebook event page.

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