Jeanette Winterson Launches Creative Manchester’s ’Solstice and Equinox Series’

On Thursday, 15 December, Professor of New Writing, Jeanette Winterson CBE, will launch Creative Manchester’s ’Solstice and Equinox Series’ with a festive reading and discussion.

Every year, in a tradition established by Charles Dickens, the Centre for New Writing ’s Professor of New Writing and world-renowned author, Jeanette Winterson , has written a new tale during the festive period, twelve of which were published in her Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days. This year is no different, as Jeanette hosts a special event in which she will read her new story and discuss her work, in conversation with poet and Creative Manchester Director, Professor John McAuliffe , at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library.

The event marks the launch of Creative Manchester’s ’Solstice and Equinox series’, and inaugurates a new series of events which brings innovative creative artists to The University of Manchester’s four Cultural Institutions. Each of our unique cultural institutions - The Whitworth , the John Rylands Research Institute and Library , Manchester Museum Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre - focus on building civic, national and international partnerships to advance the social, environmental and individual wellbeing of our communities.

The event takes place from 6.30pm-8.00pm, online and in-person, on Thursday, 15 December 2022.

To book

Everyone is welcome to attend. You can register to attend in-person or to watch via livestream.

To reserve your place, please book via Eventbrite.

The event is FREE, but we do ask if you would consider giving a donation to the Manchester Youth Zone. Based in North Manchester, in one of the most deprived areas in England, they provide a unique, safe place for young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 with additional needs) to raise their aspirations and enjoy healthier, happier lives.

If you would like to donate, you can do so via Total Giving.

: one of the most beautiful Renaissance manuscripts of The University of Manchester Library is a copy of Christianus Prolianus’ scientific treatise, Astronomia , produced in Naples around 1478 (Latin MS 53).