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. Join us for an evening of readings and conversation from three new writers: Jem Lester, Barney Norris, and Kit de Waal.
Former journalist Jem Lester's debut novel Shtum, about three generations of men reluctantly living together under one roof in North London– one of whom can't talk, and two who won't. Inspired by his own experiences raising his profoundly austistic, non-verbal son, Jem is keen to dispel the myth of the gifted autistic child, and does so with warmth and humour in this funny and profound novel about personal identity and family history.
Award-winning playwright Barney Norris's much-anticipated debut novel Five Rivers Met on a Wooden Plain hinges upon one serious car crash that transforms five people's lives in a moment, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope. It's an involving, heartstopping novel that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.
Birmingham-based Kit de Waal's My Name is Leon tells the story of Leon, a nine-year-old boy who is threatened with being separated from his family. With a strong narrative voice and a powerful depiction of early-eighties racial tensions in Britain, it announces Kit as a major new voice in fiction.
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
Tickets: Free, including pizza and a glass of wine. To reserve, simply add the required number of tickets to the basket below.
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