Let the Artists In!

‘The Shell Seekers’ by Su Blackwell, 2015. Photography by Yeshen Venema

As part of ‘Let the artists in!’, Manchester Writing School and the Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University are excited to have awarded three spaces on a programme for poets who would like to—but have never been—a poet-in-residence.

The successful applicants to this highly competitive application process will take part in a short residency at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. This includes one day of training with Malika Booker (poet and lecturer at the Manchester Writing School) and Louise Clennell (Education & Outreach Officer at Special Collections)—as well as a fee of £500.

At the end of the residency, the poets will respond to materials from Special Collections through either writing an artistic commission or running a creative writing workshop open to the public. The successful applicants are Lydia Hounat, Roma Havers and Merrie Williams, graduate of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Our day ‘Unpacking the Library’

On the 23rd September, a group of librarians, researchers and artists met in the art deco surroundings of the Tetley in Leeds to discuss issues and current ideas around the collection of, and access to, artists’ books within the library setting. In this post Jane Pendlebury and Jeremy Parrett share their thoughts about the symposium and how the issues raised relate to the artists’ books collection at Manchester Met University.

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Ensixteen Editions Latest

Mike Nicholson is variously an illustrator, storyboard artist and academic. He is the artist/author of the bio auto graphic series as published by Ensixteen Editions since 2004 from Stoke Newington, North London. There are currently 28 titles in the series, all of which are held within the Artists’ Books Collection at MMU Special Collections. Each title is covered in Nicholson’s Ensixteen Editions blog, along with other activities including recent work on Matt Berry’s ‘Toast of London’ series for Channel 4. Nicholson shares some thoughts on the process of creating his ‘bio auto graphic’ series.
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