Autumn conference 2019

SOMW Annual Conference and Writing Workshop Manchester Fri Nov 8 – Sun Nov 10th 2019.

Words, Music and Medicine

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The venues
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Friday 8 November:
Informal evening gathering and house party (details available later)

Saturday 9 November:
Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

Words, Music and Medicine:  Lectures, presentations, live music and discussion.

Dinner at RNCM followed by traditional SOMW entertainment.

Sunday 10 November:  
International Anthony Burgess Foundation Centre, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY
( 5 minutes’ walk from RNCM and Manchester Oxford Road.)

Poetry writing workshop with Mandy Coe, award-winning poet (, tutor and writing workshop facilitator. Recently at the MMU Creative Writing Summer School.

Author of six poetry collections, Mandy Coe has held residencies with the Poetry Society, Book Trust and National Galleries and Museums. Joint-winner of the inaugural Manchester Poetry Prize, her poems have been featured on BBC Television and Radio. Her work on teaching poetry is published by the TES, Bloomsbury and Cambridge University Press.

General information

The conference will be non-residential and delegates should book their own accommodation. There is a wide selection of hotels, B&B, etc. nearby which can be accessed through the usual booking websites. A selection will be reproduced on the SOMW website in due course.

Excellent public transport and car parking near the venues.

To book, click on the link near the top of this web page for the booking form.

For further information contact the organiser:  Dr Mary Anderson at