26 November 2008 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Controversial Booker-winner DBC Pierre will make a rare public appearance at The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing on 15 December.


Pierre will read exclusive extracts from his eagerly anticipated new novel Lights Out in Wonderland, over a year before it is due to be published.


The writer’s best-selling first novel, Vernon God Little, documented the adventures of a free-spirited teenager in Mexico and small town Texas. 


It was voted one of the ‘100 Best Things in the World’ by GQ magazine, and went on to win the Man Booker, Whitbread First Novel and Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse prizes.

Lavishly brought up in Mexico City before a dramatic fall from grace, DBC Pierre’s fascinating back-story includes drugs, debt and illegal money-making schemes.


He will discuss his life and varied career, which has included stints as a designer, photographer, film-maker and cartoonist, with Booker-shortlisted novelist M.J. Hyland, as well as taking questions from the audience.


This event will round up the 2008 Literature Live series of readings run by the Centre for New Writing, the academic home of Professor Martin Amis. 


The series brings the best-known contemporary novelists and poets to Manchester, to discuss and read from their work.


Full details are:

Literature Live: DBC Pierre

Monday 15 December, 6.30pm

Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall

Martin Harris Centre, Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL


Tickets cost £5 (£3 concessions) and include a drink at the post-event reception and discounts on the author’s books at the event bookstall. 


They are available from the University’s box office on 0161 275 8951 or boxoffice@manchester.ac.uk, or via www.quaytickets.com.


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Literature Live is supported by Abode Manchester: www.abodehotels.co.uk/manchester.


Images are available upon request.


For further information on any of this season’s events please visit www.manchester.ac.uk/arts/newwriting/events or contact:


Jo Nightingale 
Centre for New Writing
School of Arts, Histories and Cultures
University of Manchester
+44 (0)161





The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester is home to a range of programmes in creative writing and contemporary literature, from undergraduate to PhD level.


It hosts the major public reading series Literature Live, Martin Amis Public Events and the new online journal The Manchester Review (www.themanchesterreview.co.uk). 


Its distinguished teaching staff includes novelists Martin Amis, M.J. Hyland, Geoff Ryman and Ian McGuire, and poets John McAuliffe and Vona Groarke.