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Manchester arts journal launches with world exclusive

01 Oct 2008

The first chapter of John Banville's forthcoming novel The Sinking City is to appear as a world exclusive in a new literary journal launched by The University of Manchester.

John Banville
John Banville

The eagerly awaited book is Banville's first literary fiction since The Sea, which won the Man Booker prize in 2005. Banville admirers will be able to read the chapter for free by visiting the journal’s website at

The Manchester Review is published by the University's Centre for New Writing, home to Professor of Creative Writing Martin Amis.

In addition to the Banville extract, the first issue will feature new work by high profile writers Ali Smith, Paul Muldoon, M.J. Hyland and Bill Manhire.

Tying in with the journal's aims to nurture and promote new poetry and fiction-writers, Chris Killen, Josh Bell and musician Larry Goves also appear in the first issue.

It will depart from the medium's conventional approach by existing only online, though readers will be able to print stand-alone versions of each piece of content on demand.

New issues will appear each spring and autumn offering a mix of new music, public debate, visual art and video as well as fiction and poetry.

The journal will be edited by the Centre's co-directors John McAuliffe and Ian McGuire.

John McAuliffe said: "Manchester and The University of Manchester were home to some of the UK's most innovative twentieth century literary journals, including Brian Cox's Critical Quarterly and Michael Schmidt's PN Review.

"The Manchester Review takes its cue from their proactive promotion of new writing, but uses online media to show and sponsor the interplay of poetry, fiction, music, visual art and essays by new and established practitioners.”

"We hope that it will find new readers and audiences for exciting and innovative creative work, which is steeped in traditional virtues.”

"This will be accompanied by the Review's lively critical blog, which will take the temperature of - and maybe sometimes set the agenda for - the contemporary arts in the UK and beyond."

Notes for editors

John McAuliffe and Ian McGuire are available for interview

Images are available of most of the contributors.

For media enquiries contact:

Mike Addelman
Media Relations Officer
Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
0161 275 0790
07717 881 567