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What's on: Literature

Beth Underdown: Love makes as many

17:30 - 19:00 06 October 2018

1918, and some women in England have gained the right to vote. A few short weeks before the armistice, the shortage of cotton has brought a strange hush to Quarry Bank mill and the women who make their lives here. In the silence, their voices are suddenly loud: loud enough to be heard, even now, one hundred years on… Working with the Nation..

Literature Live: Maura Dooley and Finuala Dowling

19:30 - 21:00 08 October 2018

Join us for an evening of witty, compassionate and thought-provoking poetry. South African poet Finuala Dowling, well regarded as an inventive sketcher of the domestic sublime, performs work from her new Bloodaxe collection Pretend You Don’t Know Me, a compilation of the best of her four previous prize-winning collections alongside new wor..

A Celebration of Muriel Spark: with Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor and Louise Welsh

19:30 - 20:45 09 October 2018

Muriel Spark chronicled human interaction with a scalpel and razor-sharp insight. Her writing examines the aspects of our lives we try to hide, the affect stories have on the way we live and the impact of religion, following her own conversion to Catholicism. To celebrate the centenary of Muriel’s birth, three writers discuss what made her..

Mohammed Hanif in Conversation

19:00 - 21:00 10 October 2018

Q: What do an American pilot who’s crashed in the desert, a teenager full of money-making schemes and a dog suffering through a very bad day have in common? A: They all narrate the new, hilariously funny novel, Red Birds, by acclaimed author Mohammed Hanif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes). Through the inhabitants of the refugee camp Major Ell..

Sarah Perry: Melmoth

19:00 - 21:00 11 October 2018

Melmoth is watching and she’s coming for the guilty. They can choose to live with what they’ve done or follow Melmoth into a life of wandering. Sarah Perry’s third novel is a haunting, Gothic tale of ordinary people making seemingly small decisions that lead to terrible consequences. Unnerving and unsettling, it gives the readers the sen..

Literature Live: Nick Laird and Sasha Dugdale

19:30 - 20:45 15 October 2018

Poet and novelist Nick Laird has won the Betty Trask Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has recently published a poetry collection, Feel Free (Faber, 2018) and a fourth novel, Modern Gods (Fourth Estate, 2017). Writer-in-Residence at New York University, his BBC poem-documentary about the Troubles, The Li..

Beth Underdown: Love makes as many

19:00 - 21:00 16 October 2018

1918, and some women in England have gained the right to vote. A few short weeks before the armistice, the shortage of cotton has brought a strange hush to Quarry Bank mill and the women who make their lives here. In the silence, their voices are suddenly loud: loud enough to be heard, even now, one hundred years on… Working with the Nation..

Literature Live: Jim Crace and Jenni Fagan

19:30 - 20:45 05 November 2018

Jenni Fagan is a novelist, poet and screenwriter. Listed as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists after her debut novel, The Panopticon, her second, The Sunlight Pilgrims, won her Scottish Author of the Year. She has been in lists for the IMPAC, Sunday Times Short Story Prize, BBC Short Story Award, Desmond Elliott, and the James Tai..

An Evening with Barbara Kingsolver - SOLD OUT

19:00 - 21:00 14 November 2018

Tickets for this event have now sold out. For more information visit http://ow.ly/k0K230lqyh4 or call 0843 208 0500 ‘We’re living through a scary historical moment when the most basic agreements about who we are as citizens, and how we’ll succeed in the world, are suddenly unravelling.’ Acclaimed American author of 15 books, Barbara..

Poets in the Cities: Rita Ann Higgins, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

19:00 - 21:00 19 November 2018

Rita Ann Higgins has published eleven books of poetry, including Tongulish (2016), Ireland Is Changing Mother (2011) and Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems (2005), all from Bloodaxe, as well as her controversial memoir, Hurting God (Part essay, Part Rhyme) (Salmon, 2010). She is also a playwright and has recently written two short films..

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