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Manchester Review broadcasts podcast of Amis debate

08 Jul 2009

Popular online arts journal, the Manchester Review, will today broadcast a podcast of a Martin Amis debate on the subject of suicide with two public figures who have been touched by the tragedy.

Left to right:  Professor Martin Amis. Al Alvarez and Melvyn Bragg
Left to right: Professor Martin Amis. Al Alvarez and Melvyn Bragg

Amis, who ends his second year as Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester, subtitled his classic 1984 novel, Money, 'A suicide note' -  a subject he has revisited in later novels.

He is joined by 79-year-old poet Al Alvarez, best known for his study of suicide, The Savage God, where he discussed the death of his friend Sylvia Plath.

Also taking part is British broadcaster and author Melvyn Bragg, whose first  wife killed herself when she was 31 – ten years into their marriage.

The Manchester Review is published by The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, home to leading literary figures including Amis.

The literary journal nurtures and promote the best emerging talent as well as featuring new work by leading writers and artists.

Leading writers and poets are on the Centres teaching staff, including novelist M.J. Hyland, Irish poet Vona Groarke and science fiction author Geoff Ryman.

Notes for editors

To download the debate choose ‘podcasts’ at

For media enquiries contact:

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