A fully up-to-date listing of where you can meet Granta Books' authors in the coming months.


28/10/2014, 5.15pm - 7pm
Can corruption reduce conflict? Lessons from Indonesia: Elizabeth Pisani at SOAS
"Good governance" is the buzzword of the day: everyone just takes for granted that less corruption would translate into more economic growth as well as a healthier body politic. That in turn reduces the likelihood of conflict, according to the conventional wisdom. Elizabeth Pisani challenges those assumptions, using examples from Indonesia. In some cases, she argues, patronage and the economically inefficient distribution of public money serve as the glue that keeps an otherwise fractious country together. She traces the changing nature of corruption in Indonesia, and proposes ways in which it has promoted conflict but also helped restore peace in the country. She argues that a more nuanced and less ideological view of "corruption" is needed if countries are to fight graft without undermining peaceful co-existence.
SOAS, Brunei Gallery Room B102, University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London, WC1H0XG

31/10/2014, 7.30pm
Constantine Literary Group present Philip Marsden
The award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, and The Levelling Sea, will talk about his latest book Rising Ground. an exploration of the mythology and topology of Cornwall.

31/10/2014, 1pm
Patrick Barkham at the Norwich Hostry Festival
Norfolk Authors in Profile event. An in-depth discussion with some of the county's leading authors including Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands.
The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, 12 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH


01/11/2014, 1pm - 6.30pm
Cynan Jones at the Wales Arts Review Critics' Roundtable 2014
The Wales Arts Review, in association with Literature Wales, presents its biennial Critics' Roundtable at the Wales Millennium Centre on November 1st 2014. The latest developments in Welsh literature, pop music, theatre, opera production and arts criticism will be discussed by seven lively panels featuring critics, writers, artists and arts leaders from across Wales. Panellists include: novelist Dai Smith, Nia Davies Editor of Poetry Wales, Dylan Thomas prize-winner Rachel Trezise, Rian Evans of The Guardian, award-winning Irish writer Colin Barrett, playwright and director Simon Harris, Michael McCarthy of Music Theatre Wales and many more. The event will incorporate the launch of the Wales Arts Review print publication of its Fiction Map of Wales anthology of short fiction, featuring readings from award-winning Welsh writers including Robert Minhinnick, Cynan Jones and Kate Hamer. The Critics' Roundtable will climax with a drinks reception and ceremony at which the acclaimed actress Sian Phillips will present an award to the winner of the Greatest Welsh Novel online vote. This event will be a great meeting place for arts enthusiasts, arts professionals and lovers of Welsh literature. Tickets are free of charge but limited in number, so please do not reserve a ticket unless you are sure to attend.
Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff, CF105AL

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