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Booker nominees launch Literature Live

10 Oct 2008

Two Man Booker Prize nominated writers are to launch a season of major readings at The University of Manchester starting this week (13 October)

Colm Tóibín will be joined by Andrew O'Hagan at the University's Martin Harris Centre, organised by the Centre for New Writing 

Tóibín was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel award and won the Irish Times Irish Literature prize for his first book The South in 1990. 

The Blackwater Lightship and The Master were both shortlisted for the Man Booker with the latter winning the LA Times and Impac book awards. 

His latest book is a collection of short stories called Mothers and Sons.

O'Hagan's first novel Our Fathers was shortlisted for the Man Booker and won the Whitbread First Novel award in 1999, and in 2003 he was nominated as one of Granta magazine's 'Best of Young British Novelists'.

He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and Granta magazine, and his new book is The Atlantic Ocean: Essays on Britain and America. 

The event is the latest in the Literature Live reading series run by the Centre for New Writing, the academic home of novelist Martin Amis. 

The readings bring well-known contemporary novelists and poets to Manchester, to discuss and read from their work. 

The readings will be followed by a Q & A session.

Notes for editors

Literature Live with Andrew O'Hagan and Colm Tóibín is on Monday 13th October 2008, 6:30pm at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, University of Manchester.

Tickets cost £5 (£3 concessions) and are available from the University's box office on 0161 275 8951 or, or via

Tickets include a glass of wine or soft drink at the post-event reception and discounts at the Blackwell bookstall.

Images are available on request.

Literature Live is supported by Abode Manchester:

For further information on this or other events this season, including Martin Amis public events, please visit

For media enquiries contact:

Mike Addelman
Media Relations
Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
0161 275 0790
07717 81567