Events

Events

Events

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

May

23/05/2017, 18:00
China Focus: Madeleine Thien and Xiaolo Guo
How can you be an artist when censorship kills creativity? Or live in a regime that fears the inner world of the creative mind? From Communist one-party rule to the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution and 1989's Tiananmen Square protests, Madeleine Thien's thrilling Man Booker-shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing brings the gruelling tyranny of Mao Zedong's brutal regime to life; while Chinese- British novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo's startling new memoir Once Upon A Time In The East has been described as picking up where Jung Chang's 1991 best-seller Wild Swans left off. The event is chaired by Isabella Jackson, Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Trinity College Dublin.
Dublin, Ireland, Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar. 2, Dublin
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25/05/2017, 15:30
Madeleine Thien with Elif Shafak and Arifa Akbar at Charleston Festival
Two powerful novels shed light on cultures currently in the headlines. Elif Shafak's Three Daughters of Eve, set in Istanbul and Oxford, illuminates the relationship between Islam and the West. It revolves around a love story and a scandal. Elif Shafak is the acclaimed author of nine novels and an influential cultural commentator. Madeleine Thien's Do Not Say We Have Nothing is set in China and Canada. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, it brings to life revolutionary China and its traumatic legacy through the fate of one family and set of friends. Chaired by Arifa Akbar, reviewer and curator of a new Muslim literature festival: M-Fest.
Sussex, UK, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL

26/05/2017, 18:00
Mark O'Connell at Norwich Literature Festival
Can technology solve the modest problem of death? Journalist Mark O'Connell has met the visionaries, billionaires, professors, and programmers who are using groundbreaking technology to push the limits of the human body - our senses, intelligence, and our lifespans. To Be a Machine is a powerful exploration of the outer limits of technology, which offers a surprising, singular meditation on what it means to be human.
Norwich, UK, Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, NR1 3BF
www.nnfestival.org.uk

27/05/2017, 17:45 - 18:45
Mark O'Connell at Bath Festival
We are no longer limited by our bodies: increasingly, we can transcend them. In his compelling study of transhumanism, journalist Mark O'Connell introduces us to the people and ideas that are extending the possibilities of our species and reframing our collective future.
Bath, UK, Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 1LT
bathfestivals.org.uk

27/05/2017, 11:45 - 13:15
Madeleine Thien: From Mao to Now
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, Thien's Do Not Say We Have Nothing is an epic tale of revolutionary China, which moves between Beijing and Canada and centres on a group of prodigiously talented classical musicians. Including live performances from Bach's Goldberg Variations, which features prominently in the novel, by pianist Richard Uttley. Chaired by Artistic Director Alex Clark.
Bath, UK, Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 1LT
bathfestivals.org.uk

27/05/2017, 16:30 - 17:30
LONDON’S GREAT FOREST: XAN BROOKS AND WILL ASHON ON EPPING
Galley Beggar Presents: London's Great Forest: Xan Brooks and Will Ashon on the strange labyrinths of Epping Forest and how it has inspired them Xan Brooks's debut novel, The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times, casts Epping Forest as a hide-out for disfigured soldiers from the First World War, a secret sheltered spot where terrible crimes are committed. In Will Ashon's book Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London's Great Forest, he describes the two years he spent wandering in Epping's dark woods, and the stories of the extraordinary real-world inhabitants that, over the centuries, it has harboured. Join the two authors to discuss the history, mystique and psychogeography of Epping Forest, those 6000 acres on the outskirts of London where the modern world falls away and the city turns wild.
London, UK, University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court, Room 180, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich,, London, SE10 9LS
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27/05/2017, 12:00 - 13:00
When the Big Bang Went Pop: popular science writing panel with Oliver Morton
Popular science writing: what it tells us and what it can't, with BBC presenter and author Timandra Harkness, award-winning authors Oliver Morton and Dr Roberto Trotta, and string-theory expert Professor Joseph Conlon Is it possible to explain complex ideas (eg quantum mechanics) to a general readership? Does popular science leading to an expectation of scientific success that is difficult to satisfy? (Beagle on Mars, medical cures for cancer/dementia/etc) Have popular-science communicators failed? (some surveys show half of Britons don't accept evolution).
Greenwich, UK, Old Royal Naval College, Barrington Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Building, London, SE10 9NN
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June

05/06/2017, 19:00
THE BAILEYS PRIZE SHORTLIST READINGS WITH MADELEINE THIEN
Waterstones and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction are delighted to return to Cadogan Hall for this special event to hear the shortlisted authors read from and discuss their work ahead of the 2017 winner announcement on Wednesday 7th of June. The event will be chaired by Tessa Ross, Chair of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 judges.
London, UK, Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk

05/06/2017, 19:00
THE BAILEYS PRIZE SHORTLIST READINGS WITH GWENDOLINE RILEY
Waterstones and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction are delighted to return to Cadogan Hall for this special event to hear the shortlisted authors read from and discuss their work ahead of the 2017 winner announcement on Wednesday 7th of June. The event will be chaired by Tessa Ross, Chair of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 judges.
London, UK, Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk

08/06/2017, 18:30 - 19:20
Mark O'Connell at York Festival Of Ideas
What is transhumanism? Simply put, it is a movement whose aim is to use technology to fundamentally change the human condition, to improve our bodies and minds to the point where we become something other, and better, than the animals we are. It's a philosophy that, depending on how you look at it, can seem hopeful, or terrifying, or absurd. Join journalist and author Mark O'Connell as he explores this international movement: its philosophical and scientific roots, its key players and possible futures. Drawing on his book To Be A Machine, Mark discusses charismatic techies seeking to enhance the body, immortalists who believe in the possibility of 'solving' death, computer programmers quietly re-designing the world, and vast competitive robotics conventions.
York, UK, The Lakehouse, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, York
yorkfestivalofideas.com

20/06/2017, 18:00
An Evening with Will Ashon
In litter-strewn Epping Forest on the edge of London, might a writer find magic in between fake nature and real nature? He will certainly discover filthy graffiti and frightening dogs, as well as robbers, lovers, ghosts and poets. But, will he find himself? Or a version of himself he might learn something from? Come along and learn more about Will's adventures in Epping forest and his book Strange Labyrinth, a quest narrative arguing that we shouldn't get lost in order to find ourselves but solely to accept that we are lost in the first place. The book is a singular blend of landscape writing, political indignation, cultural history and wit from a startling new voice in non-fiction. Come and meet that startling new voice at Waterstones Walthamstow, just a stones throw away from the very subject of his book.
London, UK, Waterstones, Unit 30-31 Selbourne Walk Shopping Centre, Wakthamstoq, London, E17 7JR
www.waterstones.com

27/06/2017, 19:30 - 21:00
CYNAN JONES & MAGAN HUNTER - THE POWER OF THE NOVELLA
Sometimes a slender novel can be more powerful and profoundly moving than a novel six times as long! Join us for an evening in the company of Megan Hunter and Cynan Jones as they talk 'in conversation' about their writing, the power of the novella and read from their spellbinding books The End We Start From and Cove. Megan Hunter's remarkable debut novel The End We Start From is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable as London is submerged below flood waters, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, this gripping novel paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family's world - of new life and new hope - sings with love. Cove by Cynan Jones is an intensely observed tale of survival of sea. A lone man in a kayak is struck by lightning. He wakes in unknown waters, having drifted far from the cove of the title. Badly injured, equipped with little more than a litre of water, a fishing line and a frying pan, he faces an endurance test of the most essential, stripped-back sort. Here is a man and the sea - or rather a man and his own fear, thirst, self-control and motivating love for a pregnant partner back on land. Event Format: Author talk 'in conversation', followed by audience Q&A and book signing.
Oswestry, UK, Townhouse, 35 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AQ
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July

08/07/2017, 11:00 - 17:00
Tom Bullough at Caerleon Festival
Now embarking on its sixth year Literature Caerleon once again brings together the cream of contemporary Welsh writing suitably augmented by a unique debunker of the status quo from across the bridge.
Caerleon, Wales, The Priory Hotel and Restaurant, High Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AG
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08/07/2017, 11:00 - 17:00
Cynan Jones at Caerleon Festival
Now embarking on its sixth year Literature Caerleon once again brings together the cream of contemporary Welsh writing suitably augmented by a unique debunker of the status quo from across the bridge.
Caerleon, Wales, The Priory Hotel, High Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AG
www.eventbrite.co.uk

15/07/2017, 14:30
A SPECIAL ISLAND EVENT WITH CYNAN JONES AND IAN McGUIRE
All aboard the ferry to Whiddy Island for this special event where we celebrate Bantry Bay, the sea beyond and the beauty and poetry of West Cork. On this year's trip to Whiddy we are joined by novelists Cynan Jones and Ian McGuire. In Cynan Jones' novel Cove a man is struck by lightning, out at sea in a sudden storm. When he wakes, injured and adrift on a kayak in the Irish Sea, his memory of who he is and how he came to be there is all but shattered. Now he must pit himself against the pain and rely on his instincts to get back to shore, and to the woman he dimly senses waiting for his return. With its taut narrative and its wincingly visceral portrait of a man locked in an uneven struggle with the forces of nature, this is a powerful new work from one of the most distinctive voices in British fiction.
Whiddy Island, Ireland, Bantry Bay, Bantry, Co. Cork
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16/07/2017, 16:15 - 17:15
Will Ashon in Conversation with Dan Richards at Wealden Literary Festival
In litter-strewn Epping Forest on the edge of London, might a writer find that magical moment of transcendence? He will certainly discover filthy graffiti and frightening dogs, as well as world-renowned artists and fading celebrities, robbers, lovers, ghosts and poets. But will he find himself? Or a version of himself he might learn something from? Strange Labyrinth is a quest narrative arguing that we shouldn't get lost in order to find ourselves, but solely to accept that we are lost in the first place. It has been billed as a future cult classic in which landscape writing meets punk history, academic troublemaking, psychogeography and memoir. Having worked as a music journalist, Will Ashon founded the record label Big Dada Recordings in 1996, signing acts like Roots Manuva, Wiley, Diplo, Kate Tempest and Young Fathers and, in the process, winning the Mercury Music Prize twice. Dan Richards is the author of Holloway (co-authored with Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Stanley Donwood), The Beechwood Airship Interviews and Climbing Days. His next book Outpost will tell the story of his tour of different wilderness outposts across the world. Dan was Rough Trade Writer in Residence for 2016.
Kent, UK, Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Kent, TN26 3RA
billetto.co.uk

29/07/2017
Gwendoline Riley at Port Eliot Festival
Gwendoline Riley is the author of the novels Cold Water, Sick Notes, Joshua Spassky and Opposed Positions. Her writing has won a Betty Trask Award and a Somerset Maugham Award, and has been shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her new novel, First Love, draws a compelling and intimate portrait of a relationship in crisis: Neve is a writer in her mid-30s married to an older man, Edwyn. For now they are in a place of relative peace, but their past battles have left scars. As Neve recalls the decisions that led her to this marriage, she tells of other loves and other debts, from her bullying father and her self-involved mother to a musician who played her and a series of lonely flights from place to place. Drawing the reader into the battleground of her relationship, Neve spins a story of helplessness and hostility, an ongoing conflict in which both husband and wife have played a part. But is this, nonetheless, also a story of love?
Cornwall, UK, Port Eliot, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5ND
porteliotfestival.com

August

18/08/2017
Will Ashon with John Grindrod & Travis Elborough at Green Man Festival
Come get lost with us while Will Ashon, author of the acclaimed journey into Epping Forest 'Strange Labyrinth', John Grindrod whose forthcoming book 'Outskirts' looks at the Green Belt and Travis Elborough author 'The Park' explore the art of getting lost in places that seem familiar.
Wales, UK, Brecon Beacons, Wales
greenman.net

September

20/09/2017, 19:45 - 22:00
Will Ashon in Conversation at Kenilworth Arts Festival
Will Ashon is a novelist, former music journalist and founder of the Big Dada imprint of Ninja Tune Records. His debut non-fiction book, Strange Labyrinth, was published by Granta in April 2017 and has been described by The Guardian as a "glorious... anarchic hymn to the scruffy edgeland of Epping Forest". Strange Labyrinth is a quest narrative arguing that we shouldn't get lost in order to find ourselves, but solely to accept that we are lost in the first place. It is a singular blend of landscape writing, political indignation, cultural history and wit from a startling new voice in non-fiction. We are delighted that Will is going to be joining us to talk about Strange Labyrinth, his journeys through the forest and the "outlaws, poets, mystics, murderers" that he met along the way. We will be announcing further details about this event shortly!
Warwickshire, UK, Kenilworth, Warwickshire



 
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