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Martin Amis joins The University of Manchester

16 Feb 2007

Britain's leading novelist Martin Amis has been appointed as a Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester in his first teaching post.

Creative writing students lucky enough to be enrolled at the University will be taught by one of the biggest names in British literature.

Amis will run postgraduate seminars at the University's Centre for New Writing, due to launch in September this year.

He'll also participate in four public events each year, including a two week summer school where writers will teach MA students from the UK and abroad.

Amis has written 11 Novels and is best known for Money (1984), London Fields (1989), Time's Arrow (1991) and The Information (1995) and The House of Meetings (2006). His new novel, The Pregnant Widow, will be published next year.

He will be based at the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, also home to the leading literary theorist and critic, Professor Terry Eagleton.

Novelist Patricia Duncker and Irish poet Vona Groarke will join Amis as new appointees at the Centre for New Writing.

Duncker previously directed the University of East Anglia's creative writing programme.

He joins the University as the latest in the series of iconic appointments of world-renowned scholars, including Nobel Prize winner Professor Joseph E Stiglitz and leading social scientist Professor Robert Putnam.

He said: "My father taught - at Swansea, Princeton and Cambridge - for fifteen years, and by all accounts he was very good at it.

"So I think I may have something to offer as a teacher, and it's always been a quiet ambition of mine to give it my best try.

"I've written a lot of fiction, and I've also written a lot about fiction, so I'll be bringing a dual perspective to it.

"I look forward to a new milieu with new colleagues, and it will give me a chance to find out more about that shadowy and inscrutable demographic group - the young."

Professor Alan Gilbert, President and Vice Chancellor at The University of Manchester said:

"I am delighted that Martin Amis will joining the University to play a major role in the Centre for New Writing which opens in September.

"His standing in the literary world and his commitment to fiction and to the critical essay, fit exactly the model of the new Centre for New Writing.

"It will be a wonderful opportunity for our creative writing students to learn their craft from so distinguished a novelist.

He added: "We already have a major presence in creative writing, but this appointment confirms The University of Manchester as one of the leading places in the world to study creative writing."


NOTES FOR EDITORS
Visit www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/cnw for information on the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester.

For more details contact:
Mike Addelman
Media Relations Officer
Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
0161 275 0790
07717 881 567
michael.addelman@manchester.ac.uk