Carcanet Press at 50 celebrated in new podcast series

The Centre for New Writing, Creative Manchester and The University of Manchester Library have produced a new podcast series entitled The Rylands Brief. It explores the unopened John Rylands exhibition Carcanet at 50, and features editors, poets, archivists and friends of Carcanet Press.

Carcanet at 50 was due to be unveiled in March 2020; however due to the COVID-19 lockdown and the swift closure of the building, the exhibition - of archival materials mapping the history of Manchester’s leading publisher - is yet to be opened and remains unseen by the public.

To celebrate and showcase the exhibition, Jessica Smith (Creative Arts Archivist at the John Rylands) and poet John McAuliffe (founder of the Centre for New Writing) will present a series of 10-minute podcasts which focus on poems and objects which would have been part of the exhibition. They and their guests will offer unique insights about the work featured in the exhibition, and discuss why that particular poem or poet was chosen to be showcased.

The first podcast, which will be released on Friday 5 June 2020, features Carcanet Editor and University of Manchester Professor, Michael Schmidt talking about the poet Eavan Boland. The second podcast will feature Stella Halkyard, former joint head of The University of Manchester Special Collections. The podcasts will be issued every Friday, and the entire series will be archived on the Centre for New Writing website.

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