A Man Booker longlisted novel, the poetry of running, and a riot of a play: Live Lit returns for Autumn 2019

2018-19 was another fantastic year of Live Literature performances in collaboration with Bolton Library and Museums Services, bringing world-class writing talents to Bolton Library’s majestic theatre space. In the Autumn, Ed Jones captivated the audience with previously unseen scenes from his new play, The Political History of Smack and Crack, which garnered huge critical praise […]

Live Literature returns for Autumn 2018!

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 […]

Lecturer highly commended in prestigious Forward Prizes

Dr Ben Wilkinson, lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of the Arts, has been highly commended in what The Telegraph describes as ‘the poetry Oscars’. Wilkinson launched his debut book of poems Way More Than Luck (Seren, 2018) at a busy Live Literature event in Bolton Central Library’s lecture theatre in February of this […]

Lecturer’s play a triumph at the Edinburgh Fringe

Described by The Stage as ‘a riotously entertaining and deeply moving drama-cum-documentary’ and possibly the ‘best thing’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, University of Bolton lecturer and playwright Ed Edwards’s gripping new play explores the history of heroin use in Manchester. The Political History of Smack and Crack crackles with anger, humour and authenticity […]

Creative Writing graduates celebrate their success

Creative Writing and English students celebrated their graduation in style on 17 July 2018, at a ceremony held at the majestic Albert Halls. Creative Writing boasted two graduates who received First Class BAs with honours, Shirley-Anne Kennedy and Aidan Matear, while Jeni Mills and Matthew Robinson both received First Class joint honours degrees in English […]

‘Witty, emotive and lyrical’: Live Literature with Wilkinson and Evans – our correspondent Katie Wolstencroft reports

Bolton Library’s Live Literature event returned on the 27th February by welcoming performances from two inspiring Sheffield-based poets. From the apocalyptic wonderings of the award-winning poet, Suzannah Evans, to the celebration of Ben Wilkinson’s debut collection, Way More Than Luck, audience members were treated to an evening of witty, emotive and lyrical poetry. The ‘Beast […]

Live Literature returns for Spring 2018

Autumn 2017 brought a bumper showcase of new voices and performances to Bolton Library’s majestic theatre space.  From the warm, witty and wise lyric acrobatics of Kayo Chingonyi to the fascinating conversation between our own Simon Holloway and the novelist Sarah Bradley, audiences were treated to three excellent monthly events across the season. Eoghan Walls […]