2017-18 was another fantastic year of Live Literature performances in Bolton Library’s majestic theatre space.
In the Autumn, Kayo Chingonyi wowed us with his Dylan Thomas-winning collection of poems Kumakanda; Simon Holloway and novelist Sarah Bradley talked fiction writing process and creating believable characters; Eoghan Walls impressed with his poetic imagination and craic with the crowd, while the Bolton Poetry Competition winners‘ reading showed that Bolton’s literary talent is thriving, with poets scooping prizes in student, public, and sixth form and college categories.
In the Spring, we were treated to masterful novelist Susan Barker discussing her most recent novel The Incarnations, taking in 1,000 years of Chinese history; a special Poetry Book Society event showcasing prize-winning poets Karen McCarthy Woolf and Michael Symmons Roberts, and the launch of our every own Ben Wilkinson‘s Way More Than Luck, a debut collection that has already received a commendation in the Forward Prizes and been critically lauded in The Poetry Review. We also witnessed the launch of Writing Bolton (www.writingbolton.com), a digital writing map for the town, with star turns from Boltonian poet and playwright Clare Pollard and celebrated performance poet Hollie McNish.
This Autumn 2018, English and Creative Writing at Bolton are proud to again partner with Bolton Library and Museum Services for a new season of literary events.
In November, we will be joined by young novelist Glen James Brown in conversation with our very own Evan Jones, talking about Brown’s new publication Ironopolis, “a tapestry of working class life in all its glory and pain”. This will be followed in December by a celebration of this year’s Bolton Poetry Competition winners (launching soon), who will have an opportunity to perform their winning poetry alongside T.S. Eliot-shortlisted literary star Caroline Bird.
First up, though, our very own Ed Jones will be showcasing previously unseen scenes from his new play, The Political History of Smack and Crack which, as many of you will know, has already garnered huge critical praise from The Guardian, The Independent and The Stage after successful runs in Edinburgh and London.
Join us at Bolton Central Library, Tuesday 9 October, 6.30pm, for a fab night of Live Literature. We look forward to seeing you there!