The next event in The Portico’s Rewriting The North series, which celebrates writers and writing connected with the North of England, features Catherine Simpson and Adam Farrer in conversation with New Writing North’s Will Mackie, covering life writing, memoir and lines (or not) between (auto)biography and fiction. Dr David Cooper from the Centre for Place Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University will introduce the event, which takes place online via Zoom.
Catherine Simpson and Adam Farrer in conversation with New Writing North’s Will Mackie, covering life writing, memoir and lines (or not) between (auto)biography and fiction.
Catherine Simpson is a memoirist, novelist, poet and short story writer based in Edinburgh. Her memoir One Body (2022) was recently published by Saraband, and follows an earlier memoir, When I Had A Little Sister (4th Estate, 2019), and her debut novel, Truestory (Sandstone Press, 2015). She is a regular reviewer on BBC Radio Scotland’s Tuesday Review.
Adam Farrer is a writer and editor based in Manchester. His first book, Cold Fish Soup – a memoir in essays about the Yorkshire coast – won the NorthBound Book Award at the 2021 Northern Writers’ Awards and is published by Saraband, with a launch event at Blackwell’s on 8 September – more here. He also wrote one of the Portico’s Rewriting the North podcasts.
Will Mackie is Senior Programme Manager for Writing and Awards at new Writing North, leading on talent development and devising programmes of support for writers and translators while working alongside partners such as Channel 4, Hachette Children’s Group and the British Council. Additionally, he manages New Writing North’s literary prizes – the David Cohen Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize – and Read Regional, NWN’s programme of library activities in the North.
The 2022 season of Rewriting the North explores themes in the Portico Prize 2022 winning novel, Toto Among The Murderers by Sally J Morgan, which captures life for young women on the edges of counterculture in 1970s Sheffield and Leeds. Themes that are explored in the novel and that will be discussed during the events include the impact of male violence, fiction about the recent past, memoir fused with fiction, writing about the north at a distance, and women’s art.
Rewriting the North is funded by the Arts Council and is curated by the Portico Library in partnership with the Centre for Place Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University.