Events

Events

Events

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

July

01/07/2017, 12:00 - 13:15
The Reality Behind Dystopian Futures with Oliver Morton, Sarah Govett, EJ Swift and Jon Turney
The genre of dystopian fiction may at times seem like fantasy, stories set in futuristic worlds where life is unrecognisable from what it is today, but are these worlds closer than we think? There is growing concern that the biggest threat facing humanity today is climate change, a theme that is repeated across emerging works of the dystopian genre. Stories of environmental collapse, humanity forced to contend with extreme weather conditions or to find another planet on which to live. This event brings together the worlds of science and fiction as authors, E. J. Swift and Sarah Govett, who have both written novels set in troubling futures, join science writer and environment editor, Oliver Morton, to discuss the most important question of all: could these dystopian futures ever become a reality?
Bradford, UK, Norcroft Auditorium, Norcroft Conference Centre, Tumbling Hill Street, Bradford, BD7 1DP
www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk

01/07/2017, 16:00 - 17:00
Oliver Morton with Jon Turney at Bradford Lit Festival
In this important and insightful event, British science writer and environment editor, Oliver Morton, explores the history, politics and cutting-edge science of geo-engineering and weighs the promise and perils of a number of controversial strategies. A small but increasingly influential group of scientists have been exploring proposals for planned human intervention in the climate system. Potential approaches include a stratospheric veil against the sun, the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton and fleets of unmanned ships seeding the clouds. Here, Oliver will address the fear that comes with seeing humans as a force of nature, while asking what it might mean and what it might require of us to try to use that force for good.
Bradford, UK, Bradford College, Great Horton Road, Bradford, BD7 1AY
www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk

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
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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
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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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