Bolton Central Library: Live Literature planned for autumn


Bolton are set to welcome a range of literary talent over the coming months with a series of live events.

Live Literature will feature a selection of established writers and new and upcoming voices who will read their works over three days in October, November and December.

One of the most anticipated events will feature poet, playwright and publisher Clare Pollard, who will visit Bolton Central Library on Tuesday October 4 to read her new novel, Delphi, published by Penguin Books.

A statement from the University of Bolton said: ‘Clare will speak to creative writing professor Valerie O’Riordan about her new work, which has been hailed in The Guardian as ‘a sharp first novel that uses the pandemic and myths ancients to take a philosophical look at the way we live.

“Clare was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Bolton, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to literature.”

Events will take place over the next few months

Organized by the University of Bolton’s Department of English and Creative Writing in partnership with Bolton Library and Museum Services, Live Literature will then feature contemporary poets Kim Moore and Carola Luther on Tuesday 8 November.

Ms. Moore’s second volume, All the Men I Never Married, published by Seren Books, is shortlisted for the prestigious Forward Prize while Luther’s new collection, On the Way to Jerusalem Farm, has been described in the Harvard Review as ” finding a sense of wonder in our interconnectedness at this perilous moment in human existence.

The season ends on Tuesday, December 6 with a dramatic event script in hand.

It comes after the events of the last year brought literary names to Bolton, including Okechukwu Nzelu, whose novel Here Again Now was hailed by Brit Bennett as “a beautiful exploration of grief and family”.

Audiences were also able to enjoy a script in hand of The Salford Docker, a new play by Sarah Weston and live poetry nights, featuring award-winning writers John Challis, Suzannah Evans and lecturer from the University of Bolton, Ben Wilkinson, who launched his second collection of poems, Same Difference.

The first Live Literature Night will begin at 6pm at Bolton Central Library on Tuesday 4th October, admission is free and all are welcome.


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