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Chaos and Shape: Manchester Fiction Showcase

12 Nov 2014

Join us for an evening with some of the city’s hottest new fiction writers, talking about their creative processes and treating you to some readings from their latest works. 

“In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.”― Jeanette WintersonThe World and Other Places: Stories

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”― Mary Shelley

Emma Jane Unsworth – Emma Jane Unsworth’s first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything (Hidden Gem) won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize 2012. Her short story ‘I Arrive First’ was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). She has worked as a journalist, a columnist for The Big Issue in the North, and a barmaid. Her second novel Animals was published by Canongate in May 2014. She’s writing the screenplay of Animals, which has been optioned by BAFTA-nominated producer Sarah Brocklehurst and awarded funding by the BFI. At this event she will be reading an exclusive preview from her third novel.

Kerry Wilkinson – Kerry Wilkinson’s debut, Locked In, the first in the detective Jessica Daniel series, is a UK no.1 Kindle bestseller, with the first three Jessica Daniel books making him Amazon UK’s top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011. Think Of the Children came out in February 2013, outselling Dan Brown to become Amazon UK’s no.1 Kindle pre-order, making the top 10 crime ebooks, and entering the official top 20 paperback chart. Kerry is the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook no.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart. He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire while trying not to be knocked off.

Chris Killen – Chris Killen was born in 1981. His first novel, The Bird Room, was published by Canongate in 2009. Chris is one third of Metal Man, whose first feature film, Wizard’s Way, won Best Comedy Feature award at London Independent Film Festival and the Discovery Award at LOCO. His new novel, In Real Life, will be published by Canongate in January 2015.

Zoe Lambert – Zoe Lambert‘s first collection of short stories The War Tour was published by Comma Press in 2010 and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Her short story cycle was published in Ellipsis 2 and her first venture into genre writing was published in Short Stack (Pulp Press and For Books’ Sake). She teaches at Lancaster University.

The event will be hosted by Chaos to Order co-writer-in-residence Greg Thorpe. Greg Thorpe is a Manchester-based writer, DJ, promoter and event organiser. He has worked with Cornerhouse, Islington Mill, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Evening News, Creative Tourist and others. He runs two club nights and is a graduate of the University of Manchester and of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This event is part of Chaos to Order, a collaborative artistic residency curated by Everything Everything and produced by Brighter Sound, running 10-15 November at Manchester Central Library. 

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