Monday 14 March 2016, 6 – 7.30pm
Wolverhampton Art Gallery – Georgian Room
Novelists Catherine O’Flynn (Costa Book Award winner, Booker and Orange Prize nominee, Galaxy Book Award winner) and James Hannah (The A to Z of You and Me, shortlisted for the Desmond Prize 2015) will give readings and discuss their lives and work in conversation with Dr Paul McDonald. Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 6.00 p.m. The bar/café will be open. The even is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr Aidan Byrne.
About the speakers:
Catherine O’Flynn is the author of three novels and the editor of a short story collection. Her debut, What Was Lost, won the 2008 Costa First Novel Award and she was named Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards. She is a regular reviewer for The Guardian and guest on Radio 4’s Saturday Review. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Granta, Good Housekeeping, The Independent and on BBC Radio. Catherine has been described as ‘the JG Ballard of Birmingham…finding poetry and meaning where others see merely boredom and dereliction”.
James Hannah’s debut novel The A-Z of You And Me was published by Doubleday in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim (The Times: ‘absolutely bloody heartbreaking’) and was nominated for several literary prizes, including the Desmond Prize 2015.
Dr Paul McDonald is course leader for Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Wolverhampton. His research interests include humour, West Midlands Writing, and American fiction. He has published widely in these areas, including three novels and two collections of poetry.