The Manchester Review
Previous Podcasts
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2010-2011 Season


Literature Live with David Peace
February 2011 - Download MP3 1'07" (25MB)

Named in 2003 as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, David Peace was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of The Damned Utd, the film version of which (adapted by Peter Morgan and starring Michael Sheen) was released in Spring 2009. Tokyo Year Zero, the first part of his acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy, was published in 2007, and the second part, Occupied City, in 2009. His new book, The Exorcists, is scheduled for publication in Spring 2012.


Literature and Size: The novel versus the short story.
December 2010 - Download MP3 1'09" (26MB)

Martin Amis is joined by guests M.J.Hyland and Tessa Hadley to discuss the short story as a literary form - its possibilities, its limitation, and, in particularly, how it differs from the novel. Chaired by Ian Mcguire.


Seamus Heaney
October 2010 - Download MP3 59" (23MB)

A rare opportunity to hear the Nobel Laureate read and speak about his life and work.


Literature and Film
October 2010 - Download MP3 1'07" (25MB)

Andrew Davies joins Martin Amis to discuss the impact of literature on film.


2009-2010 Season


- Guests Blake Morrison and John Gray discuss the ways in which literature depicts and responds to violence with Martin Amis. July 2010 - Download MP3 1'37" (35MB)

- We launch Martin Amis's new novel The Pregnant Widow at an 'In Conversation' event with Lisa Allardice of The Guardian. February 2010 - Download MP3 1'27" (84MB)

- Martin Amis debates literature and sex with Will Self and Carol Mavor. October 2009 - Download MP3 1'16" (74MB)


2008-2009 Season


- Martin Amis debates literature and suicide with Al Alvarez and Melvyn Bragg. July 2009 - Download MP3 1'12" (69MB)

- Martin Amis debates literature and Britishness with Howard Jacobson. February 2009 - MP3

- Martin Amis debates literature and science with Adam Phillips and John Gray. December 2008 - MP3

- Martin Amis considers the life and legacy of Philip Larkin with poets James Fenton and John McAuliffe. October 2008 - MP3


2007-2008 Season


- Martin Amis debates literature and religion with James Wood and Graham Ward. July 2008 - MP3

- Martin Amis debates literature and terrorism with Maureen Freely and Ed Husain. December 2007 - MP3

- Martin Amis debates 21st century literature with John Banville and Will Self October 2007 - MP3


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