The Steyning Bookshop Presents an Author Supper with Natural History Writer Patrick Barkham
Patrick will talk about his new book 'Coastlines', the fascinating story of his journey of discovery around the coast of Britain, weaving together local histories, personal stories and the natural history of the most beautiful parts of the British coastline. 'Coastlines' is published by Granta Books in April 2015, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust's campaign to save the British coast. Tickets include a delicious two-course meal and a complimentary copy of Patrick's new hardback.
The Sussex Produce Café, 88 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex
Valeria Luiselli in conversation with Adam Thirlwell at the Gallery bar at Ace Hotel LondonValeria L
In what will be an explosive evening of high literature, join Valeria Luiselli, author of The Story of My Teeth (Granta) and one of the National Book Foundation's Top 5 Authors Under 35, and Adam Thirlwell, author of Lurid & Cute and twice selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, as they discuss literary experimentation and the dialogue between English and Latin American literature. Admission is free, but numbers are limited. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org In partnership with the British Council, Conaculta and the 2015 London Book Fair.
Ace Hotel, Ace Hotel London, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ
17/04/2015, 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Coastlines: Patrick Barkham in conversation with Dame Fiona Reynoldsat Cambridge Literary Festival
One of the UK's leading nature writers joins us to discuss his latest project. Coastlines, The Story of Our Shore is a beguiling portrait of the British coastline published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Enterprise Neptune, the National Trust's campaign to protect and preserve our coastal heritage. To tell the story of Britain's most beautiful 742 miles of coastline, Patrick is joined by Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College and former Director-General of the National Trust.
Cambridge Literary Festival, Trinity College, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ
Louise Stern at Cambridge Literary Festival
Louise Stern is fourth generation deaf in her family and her debut novel, Ismael and His Sisters, is set in a Maya village in Mexico where there is a higher than normal percentage of deaf people. The novel conjures up a world in which sign language gives physical shape to experience, but mostly it's about love, community and being truly understood. Louise and her interpreter and artistic partner Oliver Pouliot, working with the theatre director Omar Elerian, have devised a short reading from the novel through which they will explore themes of communication - incorporating voice and body language. Chaired by Tom Gatti, Culture Editor, New Statesman.
Cambridge Literary Festival, Trinity College, Trinity Street, Cambridge
Scorper: Rob Magnuson Smith at Ditchling Museum
Rob Magnuson Smith's books Scorper has been recently published by Granta and has been receiving good reviews. 'Scorper is a funny, disturbing portrayal of a mind at odds with itself' The Guardian An American wanders around the quiet Sussex village of Ditchling. He roams the narrow lanes looking for his ancestral roots, and for stories of his grandfather amidst the ghosts of the artist Eric Gill. The American had better be careful. He might encounter beautiful widows, enigmatic boot scrapers and preternatural crosswords. He might take a tumble in the graveyard or fall foul of traffic regulations. There is a risk he will win the village quiz. Scorper is a novel of loyal chickens, sharp tools and twitching curtains. It is a tender triumph of macabre romanticism, with added bird bones.
Ditchling Museum, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP
Jenny Offill and Evie Wyld at Cuirt International Festival of Literature
Jenny Offill is the author of Last Things (Bloomsbury, 1999) which was chosen as a best book of the year by the Guardian, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction Prize. Her latest novel, Department of Speculation, published by Granta in the UK, was one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year and received widespread critical acclaim. Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and South London. Her first novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, the Commonwealth Prize and the IMPAC award.
Cuirt International Festival of Literature, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland