Events

Events

Events

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

July

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

16/08/2017, 12:30 - 13:30
Mark O' Connell at Edinburgh Book Festival: The Future of Science
Our technological and scientific futures are at risk if we don't answer some crucial questions and face up to a few inconvenient truths, argue Mark O'Connell and Angela Saini. Mark O'Connell's To Be a Machine explores transhumanism, the movement which uses technology to reshape the human machine forever, while for Angela Saini, science's failure to understand women and tendency to misrepresent them (the title of her book is Inferior) borders on a crime.
Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR,

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

20/08/2017, 13:00 - 13:30
Margo Jefferson at Lighthouse
Pulitzer Prize winning Margo Jefferson joins Lighthouse to offer insights into her captivating memoir Negroland. An astonishing book by one of ourgreat critics, Negroland reflects on the distinction between white and black privilege and how the black power movement brought on a crisis for the author. The daughter of a successful paediatrician and a fashionable socialite, Margo Jefferson spent her childhood among Chicago's black elite. She calls this society 'Negroland': 'a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty'. With privilege came expectation. Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments - the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America - Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions.
Lighthouse, Edinburgh, 43 West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB

20/08/2017, 19:00 - 20:00
Jenny Erpenbeck at Edinburgh Book Festival
Two novels illuminate how we treat the dispossessed. Jason Donald's Dalila flees a violent past in Kenya, only to discover that what she faces in London may be just as brutal. In Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, winner of the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, a retired academic befriends some African migrants only to discover that his country doesn't really want the people he has connected with to ever find a home.
The Spiegeltent, Edinburgh Book Festival, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

31/08/2017
Will Ashon at End of the Road Festival
Will Ashon is the author of four novels with Strange Labyrinth his first work of non-fiction. It is a book about Epping Forest, the remnants of ancient woodland on the eastern edge of London. It's about the punks and poets, artists and visionaries, the outlaws and the mad who have found inspiration and solace within these woods.
End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, SP5 5PY

September

11/09/2017, 19:00 - 20:30
Jenny Erpenbeck at the British Library
oin 'the most brilliant European writer of my generation' (Neel Mukherjee, Irish Times) as she discusses her life and work. Jenny Erpenbeck's last novel, The End of Days, won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015, and her latest book Go, Went, Gone is a German bestseller. Go, Went, Gone considers the contemporary refugee crisis and our responsibility in its creation through the touching portrait of an elderly Berlin professor. This is a chance to hear the writer and opera director reading from her work and in conversation with James Runcie, Commissioning Editor for Arts on BBC Radio 4, director and author of The Grantchester Mysteries, now a successful ITV series (Grantchester). '[An] absolute must-read' (Arifa Akbar on The End of Days, Independent) 'Reading Erpenbeck is like falling under hypnosis' (Guardian) Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00. Supported by the Goethe-Institut London
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

17/09/2017, 15:30 - 16:45
An Afternoon with Herta Muller at the British Library
Join the German-Romanian author 'who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed' (Nobel Committee) for an afternoon of readings and discussion in the 30th year since she fled Romania. Herta has received more than twenty awards to date and is noted for her works depicting the effects of violence, cruelty and terror, such as that found in her much acclaimed 2009 novel The Hunger Angel (Atemschaukel). She talks to translator Phillip Boehm. In partnership with the University of Sheffield, and supported by the Goethe-Institut London
British Library, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

19/09/2017, 19:45 - 22:00
An Evening with Sarah Moss, Kit de Waal and Alex Clarket at Kenilworth Arts Festival
Sarah Moss is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British fiction. She has been described by The Independent as 'one of the best British novelists writing today', and by novelist Margaret Drabble as 'writer of exceptional gifts'. Starting with Cold Earth (2009), Moss has written five critically acclaimed novels, which have explored distinctive locations, historical periods and themes. Her novels include Night Waking (2011), Bodies of Light (2014), Signs for Lost Children (2015), and most recently The Tidal Zone (2016), which was shortlisted for the prestigious Wellcome Book Prize. Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a foster carer and a Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption and foster care. Her debut novel, My Name is Leon, was a Times and international best seller and shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award. The conversation will be chaired by Alex Clark, a critic, journalist and broadcaster who writes on a wide range of subjects for the Guardian, the Observer, the London Evening Standard and the Times Literary Supplement. Alex has judged many literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker Prize, regularly chairs live events and is currently the Artistic Director of Words & Literature at the Bath Festival.
Kenilworth Arts Festival, Kenilworth Arts Festival, c/o Flemons & Co, 70 Priory Road, Kenilworth

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

29/09/2017, 18:30 - 21:00
Islander Launch at Book Hive
Guardian columnist, journalist and nature writer and author of several acclaimed books including The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands, this Norfolk boy has risen to the top of the pile of UK Natural History writers. Get in early to make sure you can be there at the start of this brilliant story... Britain is an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints, and still a site of spiritual questing; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds. In this evocative and vividly observed book, Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Our small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of an alternative future. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
Book Hive, Market Place, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6EL

October

11/10/2017, 13:45
Patrick Barkham at Cheltenham Literary Festival
Patrick Barkham will be talking about his evocative new book, Islanders. In it, he travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander, and uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, whilst exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. Patrick Barkham is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the bestselling author of The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals, Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal and Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore. He lives in Norfolk. More details tbc.
Cheltenham Literary Festival, Montpellier Spa Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1UL
www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

17/10/2017, 18:30 - 20:30
Patrick Barkham at Heffers Bookshop
Come and spend an evening at Heffers with award-winning author Patrick Barkham, as he talks about his new book Islander: an enticing exploration of the smallest islands of Britain. In this evocative book, Patrick Barkham travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander, and uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, whilst exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. Patrick Barkham is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the bestselling author of The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals, Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal and Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore. He lives in Norfolk.
Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TY

24/10/2017, 19:00
An Evening with Patrick Barkham at Waterstones Newcastle
Patrick Barkham discusses his newest work, Islander. He explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Our small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of an alternative future. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
Waterstones Newcastle, Blackett Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JF

25/10/2017, 19:30 - 21:00
Patrick Barkham at Biggar Little Festival
Author Patrick Barkham comes to the sitting room at Atkinson-Pryce for a celebration of the publication of his latest book, Islander. His previous books include The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands, while this new book explores the outlying islands of our nation race. Distributed across an archipelago of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones, these small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of alternative future.
Atkinson Price Bookshop, High Street, Biggar

26/10/2017, 19:30
Simply Books Presents Patrick Barkham
Simply Books are delighted to werlcome back Guardian features writer Patrick Barkham. Patrick has visited them several times over the years and his evenings have always been a great success. His previous books include The Butterfly Isles, Badgerlands and Coastlines - his new book Islander is an enticing exploration of the smallest islands of Britain. Travelling to ever-smaller islands in search of their particular magic, Patrick meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to a rare species of vole, and begins to discover what it is to be an islander himself.
Simply Books, 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire, SK7 1BD

31/10/2017, 18:30
Patrick Barkham at Jarrolds, Norwich
As part of the Hostry Festival, Patrick Barkham will appear at Jarrolds along with Rachel Hore, Henry Sutton and Mick Collins. They will talk about their writing - and about what Norfolk means to their writing. In his new book, Islander, Patrick Barkham travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander, and uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, whilst exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. Patrick Barkham is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the bestselling author of The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals, Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal and Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore. He lives in Norfolk
The Hostry, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, NR1 4DH

November

08/11/2017, 19:00
Patrick Barkham at Waterstones Tunbridge Wells
Writer of acclaimed natural history books, 'The Butterfly Isles', 'Badgerlands' and 'Coastlines', Patrick Barkham will be discussing his latest book, 'Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago'. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
Waterstones Tunbridge Wells, 32-40 Caverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2TD

19/11/2017, 18:30
Patrick Barkham at Taunton Literary Festival
In this evocative book, Patrick Barkham travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander. He is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the author of numerous books on natural history.
Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ER

22/11/2017, 19:00
Patrick Barkham at Rossiter Books
Patrick Barkham returns to Rossiter Books with his latest book, Islander, an enticing exploration of the smallest islands of Britain. In this evocative book, Patrick travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander, and uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, whilst exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and is Natural History Writer for the Guardian. He is the author of The Butterfly Isles, which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize; Badgerlands, which was also shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Wainwright Prize; and Coastlines.
Rossiter Books, The Corn Exchange, 7 The High Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5HL



 
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