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

March

07/03/2015, 2.15pm
Frances Larson on Severed at Words by the Water festival
Frances Larson, author of Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found, discusses fascination with the human head - from props for artists and specimens for laboratory scientists through to trophies for soldiers and the latest craze for cyrogenics - at Words by the Water festival in Keswick.
Words by the Water festival, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ
www.wayswithwords.co.uk

11/03/2015, 4.15pm
Britain's Coast: Patrick Barkham at Ways With Words festival
Patrick Barkham, Guardian journalist and author of impressive books on butterflies and badgers, tells of his journey around the coast of Britain weaving together local histories, personal stories and the natural history of the most beautiful and treasured parts of the coast.
Ways With Words festival, Main House, Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ
www.wayswithwords.co.uk

14/03/2015, 11.30am
Philip Marsden at Chagword, Dartmoor's Literary Festival
When award-winning author Philp Marsden moved to a remote creekside farmhouse on the River Fal in Cornwall, the intensity of his response to the place took him aback. He will share with us how this led him on a journey westwards to Land's End through one of the most myth-rich regions of Europe, and inspired the fascinating fusion of travelogue, history, nature-writing and memoir that is his latest book: Rising Ground.
Chagword Literary Festival, Chagford Jubilee Hall, Cross Tree, Chagford, NEWTON ABBOT, Devon, TQ13 8AH
www.chagword.com

17/03/2015, 6.45pm
How to Academy: Travel and Explore – A Literary Travel Evening with Philip Marsden, Andrew Robins
Welcome to our inaugural evening, in partnership with Globalista, the first of an ongoing series at the Tabernacle. The Sense of Place will introduce travel writers, historians and explorers who will report for us on a rich medley of places and cultures. Philip Marsden on Ritual Landscape in Cornwall A different take altogether - on the unexplored place that is home, by the author of books about Ethiopia, Russia and Armenia. Philip Marsden will pay tribute to Cornwall, its tors, stonescapes and the strange white landscape of china-clay country.
The Tabernacle, The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY
www.howtoacademy.com

19/03/2015, 7.15pm
Will Boast on his memoir, Epilogue, at UEA Live
Will Boast discusses his incredibly moving and beautifully written memoir, Epilogue, at UEA Live. Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, and The New York Times, among other publications. He's been a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford and a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia in the UK.
UEA Live, Cafe Bar Marzano, The Forum, Norwich
www.uea.ac.uk

22/03/2015, 11.30am
On Inheritance: AM Homes, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Jeanette Winterson at the Folio Prize Fiction Fe
The Folio Prize Fiction Festival features authors and critics from The Folio Prize Academy alongside the Prize judges and shortlisted authors. Troubled inheritance has produced countless great plots and almost as many great books. And while modern fiction may not have the same preoccupation with bequests, the broader question of inheritance - how we are formed, consciously and otherwise, by those who come before us - is as lively and pertinent a subject as ever. A.M. Homes is a highly acclaimed and prize-winning author of novels, short stories, journalism, memoir and screenplays. Her most recent novel, May We Be Forgiven, won the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2013. Jeanette Winterson OBE is the multi-prizewinning author of novels (including Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Written on the Body), short stories, memoir, essays, children's books, screenplays and journalism. They are joined by novelist, broadcaster and cultural critic Mark Lawson, whose most recent novel, The Deaths, was published to critical acclaim in 2013.
Folio Prize Fiction Festival, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
www.bl.uk

22/03/2015, 1.30pm
On Betrayal: Ben Lerner and Jenny Offill at the Folio Prize Fiction Festival
The Folio Prize Fiction Festival features authors and critics from The Folio Prize Academy alongside the Prize judges and shortlisted authors. Greek tragedy, both testaments of The Bible, half of Shakespeare's plays: all are shot through with betrayal. Any writer interested in trust will inevitably consider what happens when it is shattered or abused, and our panel will examine how modern fiction can draw upon and refresh one of the great and enduring themes in literature. Mohsin Hamid is the author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Rich in Rising Asia. His award-winning fiction has been adapted for the cinema and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Val McDermid is the author of 28 bestselling and award-winning novels and is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, which was adapted for television. Both authors have been translated into 30 languages. Jonathan Derbyshire is Managing Editor of Prospect and was formerly Culture Editor of the New Statesman.
Folio Prize Fiction Festival, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
www.bl.uk

25/03/2015, 4pm
Oxford Literary Festival: Julian Baggini on 'Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will"
Writer and founder of The Philosophers' Magazine Julian Baggini tackles the question that has puzzled philosophers and theologians for centuries - do we have a free will? Baggini explores the concept of free will with a mixture of philosophy, neuroscience, sociology and cognitive science. And he sets out to challenge contemporary thinking that suggests free will is nothing more than an illusion. Baggini has written for many newspapers and for policy think tanks including the Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He is author of the bestselling The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten, and of Do You Think What You Think You Think? (with Jeremy Stangroom), and What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life.
Oxford Literary Festival, University of Oxford, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BD
oxfordliteraryfestival.org



 
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