SORRY - FULLY BOOKED Ever on the hunt for new literary voices, we bring together a panel of authors and an audience of readers to explore the road to publication and what lies beyond. This time we're working with leading indie publisher Bloomsbury to bring you authors Ann Morgan, Paul M. M. Cooper and Holly Müller.
Journalist and editor Ann Morgan's debut fiction Beside Myself tells the compulsive and darkly brilliant tale of identical twins Helen and Ellie. Like two peas in a pod, everyone says. The girls know this isn't true, though: Helen is the leader and Ellie the follower. Until they decide to swap places: just for fun, and just for one day. But Ellie refuses to swap back... A literary psychological drama exploring themes of family, identity and power—and the hinterlands between—Morgan's novel follows her 2015 publication Reading the World, for which the author spent a year reading a book from every country on earth.
After studying Prose Fiction at UEA, Paul M. M. Cooper left the UK for Sri Lanka where he taught himself to speak Sinhala and write Tamil —the culture and history of which informs his dazzling debut River of Ink. Set against the historical backdrop of a thirteenth-century power play, his protagonist is a court poet, Asanka, charged with translating the epic poem The Shishupala Vadha for the tyrant king, and by so doing finds himself at the heart of an insurgency. Paul M. M. Cooper is currently studying for a PhD in creative writing at UEA.
Finally Holly Müller joins us to present her debut novel My Own Dear Brother, in which we are transported to 1944 Nazi-controlled Austria where young heroine Ursula's rural coming-of-age absorbs the shockwaves of the tail end of the Second World War. Drawing from her own family history, half-Austrian Müller narrates how childhood and quiet village life are forever changed after a breakout at a local concentration camp, the disappearance of Ursula's disabled friend, and her adored elder brother's allegiance to the Hitler Youth in an atmospheric and beautifully-written novel of human cruelty and courage.
Our authors will be in conversation with editor Alexa Von Hirschberg.
Join us for a drink and a slice of pizza as we settle down to listen to our evening's speakers discussing the development of their work and how they secured industry support—then get ready to ask your own questions! Whether you're looking for your next great read or simply interested in others' creative processes, the focus of the night is on discovering new voices in contemporary literature, providing insight into how these authors write and hearing what it's like to be an author at the start of your career.
Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
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