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Jeanette Winterson to take University of Manchester post

14th May 2012

Former Whitbread Prize winner Jeanette Winterson is to fill the Professor of Creative Writing post at the University of Manchester, following in the footsteps of Colm Toibin and Martin Amis.

Winterson will begin a two-year spell at the university's Centre for New Writing in October, when she takes over from Toibin, who has occupied the position since last autumn.

The post has become one of the most famous in the UK thanks to its association with high-profile authors such as Amis, who spent four years at the university before making way for Toibin.

Winterson, who scooped the Whitbread First Novel Award for her semi-autobiographical work Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit in 1985, will also host eight public events at the establishment's Martin Harris Centre during her tenure.

'The Centre for New Writing at Manchester is a serious and exciting place. Students are carefully selected and there is a deep interest in what writing can do at an individual level and for the wider culture.

'I am from Manchester and the north is part of me; how I write as well as who I am. Let's see what happens next.'

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, described Winterson as a 'brilliant novelist and public intellectual' and praised her efforts to promote the arts in contemporary Britain.

'We are certain she will inspire her Manchester students and audiences,' Dame Nancy added.

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