with Iain Sinclair, Lee Rourke, Suzanne Joinson & Julian Bell
Date: Tuesday 8 December
Venue: All Saints Centre
Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE
Three critically acclaimed writers and a writer/painter discuss the inspiration they draw from the South of England, and Sussex in particular; its landscapes, towns, characters and history.
Join us for an evening of remembered walking, wandering, exploration and observation. What is it we love or love to hate about the South? What is it about a place that gives us inspiration?
Iain Sinclair is a leading novelist, poet, filmmaker, avant gardist and psychogeographer. He has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver (Winner of the James Tait Black Prize & the Encore Prize for the Year’s Best Second Novel), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Towerand Dining on Stones (which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize). Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison. In recent years, he has also developed strong links with St Leonards-on-Sea and the south coast.
Suzanne Joinson is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction whose works has appeared in, among other places, the New York Times, Vogue, Aeon, Lonely Planet and the Independent on Sunday. Her first novel, A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar (2012) was translated into sixteen languages and was a national bestselller. She lives in Sussex.
Lee Rourke is the author of the short-story collection Everyday, and two novels: The Canal, (winner of the Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker Prize’ 2010) and Vulgar Things(2014). He lives ny the sea.
Julian Bell is a painter living in Lewes, Sussex. Besides painting, he writes about art for various magazines and has also written several books including What is Painting? -Representation and Modern Art (1999) and Mirror of the World: A New History of Art(2007).
This event is part of the Reading the South project, presented in association with LLL. Reading the South is a reading and creative writing campaign run in collaboration with East and West Sussex libraries. Its aim is to encourage people to explore what the South means to them through the work of a number of contemporary authors who either live in the South or have been influenced by the region in their work.
Tickets: £8.00 advance / £10.00 on door