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 Katherine Mansfield Project will be published by Notting Hill Editions in September 2015.
Location: University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, Room 2G14, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN
Speaker: Keynote: Kirsty Gunn
In both content and critical reception, the short story has always possessed an uncertain status. Growing rapidly in popularity towards the end of the nineteenth century, the short story form became representative of the experimental spirit of the age, allowing authors to create fragmented, ambiguous narratives, and explore themes and characters outside of the dominant cultural perspective.
This conference invites proposals from postgraduate students and early career researchers for papers relating to (but not limited to) the following topics:
Identity and authenticity
Liminality, ambivalence, thresholds
Short stories and gender
Short stories and epiphany
Short stories and print culture
The postcolonial short story
We particularly welcome papers on the work of Katherine Mansfield, as the conference will include special Mansfield sessions.
See the full conference programme here: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/media/dundeewebsite/humanitiesmark2/documents/events/MSS%20programme.pdf
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's 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).
Location: St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Speaker: Joanna Biggs, Jon Day and Simon Bradley
Information: Tickets £8.00 (Concession £4.00) Audience 16+
The average person works 100,000 hours in their lifetime, but what does it all add up to?
From railway engineers and bicycle couriers to directors of the Royal Opera House, the fabric of daily life is held together by the service and devotion of mainly unseen workers.
Hear authors and experts shed light on the toil and travails of a vast range of working lives, and the rail networks that carry us to our places of employment. Who are the people that make the nation tick and what are their stories?
Join the conversation with Joanna Biggs, the author of All Day Long: A Portrait of Britain at Work, Jon Day author of Cyclogeography – Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier and Simon Bradley, author of The Railways: Nation, Network and People.