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In Conversation: Howard Jacobson & Sherry Ashworth

11th July 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



To accompany the world premiere adaptation of his novel THE MIGHTY WALZER, join Booker prize-winning author Howard Jacobson as he talks to lecturer Sherry Ashworth about the autobiographical nature of his comic masterpiece, the drama of the ‘gifted child’ and how far you can ever move away from where you’ve come from.

Celebrated novelist Jacobson has been described as “one of the funniest authors alive” and is known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters. The Mighty Walzer, a hilarious homage to the Manchester of his youth, tells the story of bookish teenager Oliver Walzer who channels his frustrated adolescent lust into the game he loves, ping pong. Jacobson, a table tennis fan in his teenage years, admits the novel has more than an element of autobiography in it.

This conversation event is a perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from one of the country’s greatest comic novelists and gain a deeper insight into our hilarious summer show. Howard will be in conversation with author and former Manchester Metropolitan University Creative Writing lecturer Sherry Ashworth.

Writer, broadcaster, journalist and literary scholar Howard Jacobson was brought up in Prestwich and educated at Cambridge University. His novels include the 2010 Man Booker Prize-winning, The Finkler Question, highly acclaimed The Act of Love and The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize).

Sherry taught Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her novels include the comic A Matter of Fat, and the award-winning Paralysed for young adults.

This is a joint fundraising event with profits shared between the Manchester Jewish Museum (charity no. 1154353) and the Royal Exchange Theatre (charity no. 255424).



Box Office: 0161 833 9833


11th July 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Royal Exchange Theatre
St Ann's Square
Manchester, M2 7DH United Kingdom
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