Everybody’s favourite Mancunian literature/drinking event, No Point In Not Being Friends, is taking a hard-earned break I’ve just discovered:
In part, to concentrate on planning a couple of big summer/autumn events we’ve got coming up (Camp Bestival and the Manchester Literature Festival) but also, because No Point is going to have a bit of a format change when it emerges from its spring cocoon, we think.
Chris and Sally go on to warn that a new No Point ‘may not be monthly anymore, and it might not even be in the same place’, which would be a pity as the Deaf Institute has a lot of fans – myself included. We await its future direction with bated breath!
In the meantime, Manchester’s literary scene continues to develop. CityLife devoted a double-page spread to it on Friday – and the website is chock full of news and features, such as Carol Ann Duffy being named as Manchester’s first female poet laureate and a preview of Paper Planes, a creative writing workshop that takes place in Fuel in Withington this coming Saturday. Katie Popperwell and her writers there doing a great job of giving editorial coverage to things that may otherwise pass us by, so long may that continue.
Tonight, meanwhile, there’s another literature event happening: the eighth instalment of The Other Room, which features Matt Dalby, Alex Davies and Allen Fisher, takes place at The Old Abbey Inn on Manchester Science Park from 7pm.
And finally, the Writing School at Man Met has launched this year’s Manchester Fiction Prize, with £10,000 up for grabs and a deadline of 7 August set. Visit the Manchester Writing Competition website for more information on that.
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