Eimear McBride at Martin Harris Centre

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Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Eimear McBride. Photo by Sophie Bassouls.
Writer Eimear McBride. Photo by Sophie Bassouls.

Literature Live: Eimear McBride at Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama, Manchester, 17 February 2020, from £6 - Book now

Manchester Literature Festival and the Centre for New Writing with Creative Manchester are delighted to present a “Literature Live” evening welcoming award-winning Irish novelist Eimear McBride.

Eimear has already published two acclaimed and uncompromising novels, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (which won both the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and the Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize in 2o14) and The Lesser Bohemians (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize). At this intimate Manchester event, Eimear will read from her third novel, Strange Hotel, which is out on 6 February with Faber & Faber. She will discuss her career and inspirations with host Vona Groarke, poet and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.

Described as ‘remarkable, ‘urgent and immersive’, and ‘intricately constructed’, Strange Hotel is a novel of enduring emotional force

Described as “remarkable”, “urgent and immersive”, and “intricately constructed”, Strange Hotel is a novel of enduring emotional force and an indelible portrait of a woman’s mind as she wrestles with her desires and memories.

The blurb says: “A nameless woman enters a nondescript hotel room. She’s been here once before, many years ago. The room hasn’t changed, but she has. From Auckland to Avignon, Oslo to Austin, over the coming years she will occupy a series of other hotel rooms. Each is as featureless and impersonal as the last. But these rooms have rules of their own: how loss is negotiated within them, and what boundaries to impose on the men she sometimes meets there.”

This (and Isabel Allende at the Danchouse, also in February) is a precursor event to this year’s Manchester Literature Festival, which runs 2-18 October 2020.

Tickets are £8 full price and £6 concessions. Tickets and a copy of Strange Hotel are £19/£17.

Literature Live: Eimear McBride at Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama, Manchester

17 February 2020 7:30 pm
From £6