PUBLISHED: 09:11 24 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:11 24 October 2013
Norfolk’s literary reputation grows brighter and bigger each year, and four of our most interesting writers will be together on stage next month in a special event as part of the Hostry festival.
An afternoon of informed conversation and interviews, with EDP Norfolk magazine editor Angi Kennedy, brings together Rose Tremain, Louis de Bernières, Andrew Cowan and Hilton Pashley to talk about their new books. The audience will also have the opportunity to put their own questions during Q&A sesssions with each of the authors.
Cover star of our September issue of EDP Norfolk, Rose Tremain will be speaking about Merivel, A Man of His Time – her wonderful story of the physician and courtier to Charles II who sets off for the French court in search of a new start now that the gaudy years of the Restoration are long gone.
Rose’s bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. Her short story, Moth, was also filmed (as the award-winning Ricky) by François Ozon in 2009. Her most recent novel but one, Trespass, was a Richard and Judy Bookclub Choice. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.
Worthless Men is Andrew Cowan’s vivid portrait of a community two years into the great war and a tragic story of casual betrayal.
Andrew was born in Northamptonshire in 1960, and studied at the University of East Anglia where he is now Director of Creative Writing and teaches on the Creative Writing MA. His acclaimed first novel, Pig (1994), won a Betty Trask Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, The Authors’ Club First Novel Award, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award. Common Ground (1996) and Crustaceans (2000) both received competitive Arts Council bursaries. What I Know was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award and was published in 2005. His creative writing guidebook, The Art of Writing Fiction, was published in 2011.
Louis de Bernières
Best known for the award-winning Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières’s first literary love was poetry and Imagining Alexandria is his debut poetry collection. He was introduced to Greek poetry while in Corfu in 1983, and his own poems owe much to the influence of the great Alexandrian poet C P Cavafy. Louis was born in London in 1954, joined the army at 18 but left after spending four months at Sandhurst. Before writing full-time, he held many varied jobs including landscape gardener, motorcycle messenger, car mechanic and also taught English in Colombia. In 1993, he was selected as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists Two. His fourth novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, was published the following year, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best Book). His novel Birds Without Wings (2004) was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread Novel Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book).
Gabriel’s Clock is Hilton Pashley’s debut novel. Hilton lives in Norwich and is a civil servant and magistrate. When he’s not working or writing, he flies large kites and drinks enormous amounts of tea. Hilton says he began writing several years ago after the death of a friend reminded him life is too short not to try something new.
His novel, written for 10 to 13-year-olds, aims to give young people a place they can be themselves - an imagined village of Hobbes End, loosely based on the Norfolk village of Heydon.
Norfolk Authors in Profile is at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, at 2pm on Friday, November 1. Tickets are £12 (concessions £10), from the Theatre Royal Norwich Box Office on 01603 598676; www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk. See www.hostryfestival.org.