Tiffany Murray discusses Diamond Star Halo at the North Cornwall Book Festival
Creative writing teacher and novelist, Tiffany Murray, will talk about how her novel, Diamond Star Halo, which blends fate, magic and rock 'n' roll, grew out of her strange Welsh childhood at Rock Farm, a rural recording studio where the sounds of tractors and Stratocasters battled and there were frequently rock stars to meet at breakfast. She'll show you how to mix and match elements of your own life to devise stories of your own.
Betjeman Marquee, North Cornwall Book Festival, Trefelix, Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6SA
Miriam Darlington and Caspar Henderson at Plymouth International Book Festival
Miriam Darlington and Caspar Henderson have both written about their search for elusive, threatened and disappearing species. Darlington's Otter Country is about a tenacious quest to seek out Britain's most elusive predator, the wild otter. Henderson's The Book of Barely Imagined Beings travels further afield and traces the trails of destruction humans have left upon 'barely imagined' creatures and their ecosystems. This talk will grapple with the issues raised by these two recent approaches to the wild, as the authors bring their adventures to life, and illuminate our relationship with disappearing species.
Plymouth International Book Festival, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Women, Nature and Wilderness: discussion with Kathleen Jamie, Mandy Haggith and Esther Woolfson
A discussion on Women, Nature and Wilderness at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair. Kathleen Jamie is an acclaimed poet and Professor of Creative Writing at Stirling University, Mandy Haggith is a forest activist and writer and Esther Woolfson is the author of Field Notes From a Hidden City, a beautifully written and thought-provoking record of a year spent observing the natural world in a city.
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
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
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.
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