Location: 81 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH
Speaker: Harry Mount
Information: Tickets £40.00 to include Tea/coffee or Hendricks G&T, Idler Academy exercise book and pencil
Description: In a panic about semi-colons? Can’t tell your gerunds from your gerundives?
Harry Mount’s masterclass in punctuation will solve all language-related neuroses in just ninety minutes. Harry is no fan of old-fashioned, complex prose. But he will convince you that the only route to lovely, free-flowing English is by learning the rules – and then knowing how to play around with them. The only way forwards is backwards – know your punctuation and throw off your chains! The evening kicks off with a welcoming cocktail so we’ll have fun while learning useful stuff. Who is it for: Harry’s masterclass is suitable for all ages. It is just the thing if you have forgotten the basic rules or were never taught them. Bring the kids, bring granny, bring the grocer.
Tutor: Harry Mount is a writer and journalist. A former New York correspondent and leader-writer for the Daily Telegraph, he is the author of Amo, Amas, Amat and All That, a top 10 bestseller. He has also written A Lust for Window Sills – a guide to British Buildings, and his latest book is How England Made the English. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Times, the Evening Standard, the Spectator, Country Life, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman and Literary Review. He has a degree in ancient and modern history from Oxford (First Class Honours) and an MA in architectural history from the Courtauld Institute.
Location: 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Speaker: Kirsty Gunn Catherine Taylor
Information: Tickets £10.00
Catherine Taylor from English Pen will chair and interview novelist, short-story writer and essayist Kirsty Gunn at the shop about her latest project, a series of diary-like reflections on her fellow New Zealander Katherine Mansfield.
Kirsty Gunn received a Randell Fellowship from the British Academy and Carnegie Foundation in 2009 and she returned to spend the winter in Wellington, near the childhood home of Katherine Mansfield, the writer to whom she’d always felt most connected. Her new book My Catherine Mansfield Project will be published by Notting Hill Editions in September 2015.
Location: Charleston, Firle, nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL
Speaker: Stuart Evers, Janice Galloway and Kirsty Gunn with Cathy Galvin
Information: Tickets £8.00 - combines ticket for both events on 24th £14.00
Literature lets its hair down at the Word Factory Story Salon. The blackly comic stories in Stuart Evers’ collection Your Father Sends His Love focus on parental love and mistakes. Janice Galloway explores the notional place of sex and the actual place of raising children in Jellyfish. Acclaimed writer Kirsty Gunn, whose new collection Infidelities explores the title issue in all its guises. Chaired by Director of the Word Factory, Cathy Galvin.
Location: King's Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. Hall two
Speaker: Adam Mars-Jones (Chair) Professor Raymond Tallis
Information: Tickets £9.50 including refreshments
Adam Mars-Jones and Professor Raymond Tallis announce the winner and five runners up of the £20k Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize in a prize-giving ceremony. The judges will be in conversation with the winner about the art of the essay: discussing the role essays play today in our literary, philosophical and political cultures.
Adam Mars-Jones (chair) is a novelist, essayist and critic. He has written non-fiction (Blind Bitter Happiness, 1997) and fiction including Lantern Lecture (1981), The Waters of Thirst (1993), Pilcrow (2008) and Cedilla (2011). He is author of the celebrated essay Noriko Smiling published by Notting Hill Editions in 2011 and chair of judges for the 2015 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize.
Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic who was, until recently, a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine (2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world. His recent publications include Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (2012), and The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life, (2014).