Poetry reading to be held to celebrate life of UEA student Rebecca McManus, as a book of her work is published

Rebecca McManus. Photo: West Midlands Police

Rebecca McManus. Photo: West Midlands Police - Credit: PA

The life of a talented UEA student who was killed in a road accident just week sbefore her graduation will be celebrated at a poetry reading in her memory.

Rebecca McManus, 21, had studied English literature with creative writing and was one of two women hit by a car in Birmingham on May 31, 2014.

Two men were jailed for a total of nine years for the 101mph crash in December 2015.

It was found they were racing, when one of the cars smashed into a bus stop where Miss McManus was waiting, on her way to a hen party.

Miss McManus was killed while her childhood friend Harriet Barnsley was left with life-changing injuries.


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Now, a book of Miss McManus' work - called A Book of Fragments and Dreams - is set to be published by Unthank Books.

And her friends, tutors and current students will give readings at the event on March 23.

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At the time of Miss McManus' death, Prof Peter Womack, head of the UEA's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, said: 'She was an exploring, adventurous poet, and an active and popular member of the creative writing group and the wider LDC community.

'She was a truly lovely young woman, serious but humorous, thoughtful but quirky, committed to writing and thinking but able to have a giggle in the LCR

'Her death is an irreplaceable loss, and she will be much missed by those who studied with her and by those who taught her.'

Her family said: 'Rebecca lived life to the full; she was bright and funny with a wonderful future to look forward to. We are totally devastated by her loss.'

The event, run by UEA LIVE in collaboration with Writers' Centre Norwich, is part of a series showcasing the past, present and future of UEA writing talent.

It will be free to attend with all welcome, in particular those from Miss McManus' time at the UEA.

Doors will open from 6pm, on March 23, at Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, 115-123 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QE.

For more information, call 01603 877177, or visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/event/uea-live-in-memory-of-rebecca-mcmanus/

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