Novelist Colm Tóibín is set to become Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.
Tóibín, who is currently teaching at Princeton University in the US, will take over the role from Martin Amis.
Speaking about his new role, which will commence in September, Tóibín said: "I visited the Centre for a reading two years ago and I saw and liked how the students combined writing new work with reading and talking about literature, in seminars and workshops and in the public events which bring the work out of the university and into contact with the wider world."
John McAuliffe, co-director of the Centre for New Writing, hailed Tóibín as "a great writer and a public intellectual".
Tóibín won the Costa Novel Award for 'Brooklyn' in 2010, and has won the Impac Dublin Literary Award twice, for 'The Blackwater Lightship' and 'The Master'.