30th November 201612:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Grand Central Hotel
Carys Bray and Helen Sedgwick
Carys Bray’s debut collection Sweet Home won the Scott prize. Her first novel A Song for Issy Bradley was serialised on BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, the Association of Mormon Letters Awards, the Waverton Good Read Award, the 15 Bytes Book Awards and the Desmond Elliott Prize. It won the Utah Book Award and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and was selected for the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club. Carys has a BA in Literature from The Open University and an MA and PhD in Creative Writing.
A compassionate, wise and original new voice. Independent
Clover Quinn finds growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else’s story difficult. She tries not to skate on the thin ice of her father’s memories. Meanwhile he studies Clover’s mood like a a seismologist studies waves, and tries to give her everything she might want to be happy. But what she wants are answers and she thinks she can find them in the spare a bedroom, still full of her mothers’ belongings: a collection of things that she hopes will tell the full story of her mother, her father and who she is going to be.
Helen Sedgwick has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and before writing her debut novel she was a research physicist, with a PHD in Physics from Edinburgh University. The scientific nuggets written about the comets throughout the novel are scientifically accurate, and Helen’s passion for the night skies extends beyond the fiction she writes. Helen won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012, and her writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and widely published in magazines and anthologies.
A breathtaking tale of love, loss and heartbreak. You’ll be utterly captivated from the first page. Elle
When they first meet in the white expanse of Antarctica, everything changes. Róisín grew up in a tiny Irish village, with a passion to discover the world. François was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds. We loop back through their lives filled with love, hope and heartbreak, only glimpsing them when a comet is visible in the skies above, and we see how their paths cross as they come closer to this moment. Theirs stories reveal how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and how the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets themselves.
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Interesting, thought-provoking talk, good food and drink, excellent company meeting old friends. What is not to like?
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