David Constantine book launch - Blackwell's Manchester

24 Sep 2019 - 7.00PM

Blackwell's Manchester are proud to announce an evening with award-winning writer David Constantine to launch his much-anticipated fifth short story collection 'The Dressing-Up Box and Other Stories' (Comma Press) 

About the book:

The stories in David Constantine’s fifth collection all orbit around a moment of personal crisis, a pressure point where the weight of the past or the present becomes unbearable. These crises may be brought
on by a bereavement, a personal failure or trauma, or a crisis of identity. But in all cases, what’s at stake is a life worth living, a space that tolerates us as humans, regardless of how intolerant we’ve been towards it of late: that is to say, a hospitable, rather than a hostile environment.

Whether set in Paris in the early 19th Century, on the Pennine moors, or amid the defiant multiculturalism of Oxford’s Cowley Road, these stories also remind us that even in the darkest of times new germs of hope are quietly taking root.

Hosted by Nicholas Royle, who is the author of seven novels and three short story collections, with a new collection forthcoming from Confingo Publishing, he is a Reader of Creative Writing at Manchester Met and also runs Nightjar Press.

About the author:

Born in Salford, David Constantine has published several volumes of poetry, as well as four short story collections, including Tea at the Midland (2012), which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His short story ‘In Another Country’ was adapted into ‘45 Years’ - a major film, directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling.

Praise for David Constantine:

‘Every sentence is both unpredictable and exactly what it should be.’ – A. S. Byatt, The Guardian
‘Rich and allusive and unashamedly moving’ – Independent
‘One of Britain’s most underrated writers’ – Huffington Post

Tickets are £3.00 (redeemable against a copy of the book on the night)


Tue, 24 September 2019

19:00 – 20:30 


Blackwell's Bookshop

University Green

146 Oxford Road


M13 9GP