Acclaimed author Jeanette Winterson is to become a professor of creative writing.
The writer of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit will begin a two-year stint at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing in October.
The Manchester-born author will hold a postgraduate MA workshop and an MA seminar, as well as delivering undergraduate lectures, as well as hosting four public events a year at the university’s Martin Harris Centre, with guests from the literary world. Previous holders of the post include Colm Toibin and Martin Amis.
Her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was published in 1985 when she was 25.
It went on to become an international best-seller and inspire a popular BBC television adaptation.
An author of novels, screenplays, children’s books and essays, her latest book is the memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Ms Winterson said: “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.”
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