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Manchester’s mixed-genre anthologies and short-story collections
Lynne Pearce

Famine, though it had been a hundred years before, had become part of consciousness, seared into the very geography, the half-obliterated paths; those defeated, hopeless people setting out on tortuous journeys, ending in death or exile, the people with their backs to the land . . . It was time to leave, a mass emigration that continued for the next hundred years, which I was forced to join at one of its peaks. (Seán Body, ‘Moving Manchester’ Writers’ Gallery) There is certainly plenty of evidence in the poetry produced by the Manchester Irish Writers’ Group of a

in Postcolonial Manchester
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

staged during the 1880s, when anti-Semitism was rife in Britain, exacerbated by the mass emigration of Eastern Jews into the East End of London. The actor’s biographer, John Davis, was at pains to separate character from actor by pointing out that Irving ‘has nothing Jewish in him by nature – a little narrowness about the eyes perhaps, but that is due to short sight’. He goes on to quote from a ‘very

in Dangerous bodies