Outsider Memoirs: Tracey Thorn & Dustin Lance Black
Hosted by Damian Barr
We all have our own stories – our own secrets. Too often we’re told to be quiet. To write your memoir is to share your story. To read a memoir is to become part of somebody else’s story, to see yourself reflected in their pages. In this special Salon we meet two brilliant outsiders – they’ve both fought hard to find their voice and make it heard. And what voices! What stories!
In Another Planet, Tracey Thorn returns to the scene of her 1970s childhood where ‘life was slow and very little happened, over and over again’ as her diary records. How did she get from there to Everything But The Girl? Dustin Lance Black – who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milk and helped overturn California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 – grew up in a conservative Mormon household in Texas. In his inspiring memoir Mama's Boy, Black takes us back to his childhood and introduces us to his plucky, determined mother.
Hosted by Damian Barr, award-winning writer and Literary Salon host, whose past guests include Armistead Maupin, Jojo Moyes, Caitlin Moran and John Waters.
Sunday June 23 2019
Theatre Royal, Brighton.
Doors 630pm. Performance 7pm with a signing after by City Books. Approx finish 9.30pm
Outsider Memoirs: Tracey Thorn & Dustin Lance Black
A conversation with authors of two of the most extraordinary and powerful first novels of recent years, both of which explore true histories of extremity and aftermath. You Will Be Safe Here is the brilliant debut novel set in South Africa between 1900 and 2010 from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Inspired by real events, Barr uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. The Dinner Guest is a Spanish novel with the feel of documentary non-fiction. It connects two life-changing events – the very public death of Ybarra’s grandfather, and the more private pain as her mother dies from cancer and Gabriela cares for her.
Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Damian Barr discusses You Will Be Safe Here
In conversation with Alexander Chee
Damian Barr's London-based Literary Salon has been going for more than ten years with hundreds of prominent guests and has partnered with the Man Booker & Windham-Campbell Prizes. Barr's own debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, explores legacies of abuse, redemption, and the strength of the human spirit—from the Boer Wars in South Africa to brutal wilderness camps for teenage boys. Inspired by real events, the novel uncovers a hidden colonial history, reveals a dark contemporary secret, and explores the legacy of violence and our will to survive. Barr reads and discusses his work with Alexander Chee, author of Queen of the Night and How To Write An Autobiographical Novel.
The Root Of It All - The House of SpeakEasy
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Join us on May 21 for House of SpeakEasy’s literary cabaret “Seriously Entertaining” as four writers riff on this month’s theme.
We are delighted to welcome journalist and debut novelist Damian Barr, playwright and activist Eve Ensler, novelist and memoirist Boris Fishman, and poet and essayist Kevin Young, who will reflect on their journeys and share how they arrived at “The Root of It All.”
Please join us for a night of literary entertainment.
Damian Barr - You Will Be Safe Here
This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Venue: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008
Included in the Guardian, Financial Times and Observer’s picks for 2019, You Will Be Safe Here is an astonishing, shocking and stunning debut from journalist, writer and host of the Literary Salon at London’s Savoy Hotel, Damian Barr. He talks to best selling novelist Patrick Gale (Take Nothing With You) about his novel; set in South Africa as a dual time narrative between 1901 and 2010, it explores legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit.
Price: £10 (excl. fees)
Time: 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Venue: Assembly Rooms
Damian Barr, Astra Bloom and Katy Massey
Common People - In association with New Writing South
‘Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed’ Kit de Waal, The Guardian
Novelist Kit de Waal and publisher Unbound brought together 33 contributors to share their experiences growing up working-class through essays, poems and memoir. The resulting book, Common People, is a response to their belief that the people working in and creating our culture are not representative of our nation’s demographics.
Contributors to the book include Malorie Blackman OBE, Louise Doughty and Alex Wheatle, alongside South East writers Damian Barr, Katy Massey and Astra Bloom.
Damian Barr at Stratford Literary Festival
After seeing a newspaper photo of a boy who’d been murdered, Damian Barr had to know more. The story led him to South Africa, the Boer War and the English Concentration Camps of the era, which have a chilling modern day parallel. Here they ‘make men out of boys’. Over a century earlier, Sarah van der Watt and her son are burned out of their farm and carted to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp, where, the English promise, they will be safe. Linking this hidden history to present-day darkness, Damian Barr, the author of the acclaimed Maggie & Me, has crafted a powerful debut novel.
Price: £10 (£8 students)
Venue: Stratford Play House
Damian Barr will be closing this year's #UEALitFest, novelist, memoirist, Literary Salon extraordinaire & owner of fancy chickens. Damian will be in conversation with James Robert Carson, who has worked in theatre and opera for many years. He’s also a Senior Lecturer in Drama at UEA.
FRESH VOICES – April
First up we have Damian Barr, a renowned journalist, author of celebrated memoir, Maggie & Me, and eponymous host of the Savoy Hotel’s Literary Salon. Damian is introducing his first novel, You Will be Safe Here.
Venue: Mainstreet, St Boswells, Scottish Borders TD6 0AT
We are extremely proud to present the Edinburgh Launch of Damian Barr's debut novel - You Will Be Safe Here. He will be in conversation with Lee Randall to discuss his first foray into fiction. It's set to be an evening to remember.
An Observer, Financial Times and Guardian Pick for 2019, Damian’s debut novel explores the legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit. Set in two time frames, that of contemporary South Africa and at the height of the Boer War, You Will be Safe Here is a “formally ingenious,” “gripping,” and “luminously compassionate” novel, inspired by real events, that uncovers a hidden colonial history.
Price: £3 redeemable against a copy of You Will Be Safe Here.
Venue: Waterstones Edinburgh - West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD.
Damian Barr at Topping & Company Booksellers, St Andrews.
After the success of his award-winning and widely acclaimed memoir, Maggie & Me, Damian Barr’s debut novel is an absolute triumph.
Doors open: 7.40pm / Start time: 8pm
Venue: The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
Ticket prices: Includes Book £16.99 This book voucher includes admission to the event and a copy of the featured book. Standard £6.00 This book voucher includes admission to the event and is fully redeemable against a copy of the featured book. Scholar £4.00 A specially reduced price for students and school pupils. Valid student ID required. This book voucher includes admission to the event and is fully redeemable against a copy of the featured book. Visit www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/st-andrews/damian-barr-launches-you-will-be-safe-here for full terms & conditions.
Held in association with English PEN, Damian Barr, award-winning author of Maggie & Me, will be joining us to discuss his stunning and shocking debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, with the internationally acclaimed writer, Margie Orford.
Margie Orford will be chairing this event. Margie is the author of the Clare Hart novels – a literary crime fiction series that explores violence and its effects in South Africa – as well as an award-winning journalist. She writes regularly on crime, gender violence, politics and freedom of expression. A member of the executive board of PEN International, Margie is also the former president of PEN South Africa.
English PEN is the founding centre of a global literary network. It works to defend and promote freedom of expression, and to remove barriers to literature.
Publication day event!
Damian Barr will be discussing his debut novel YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE with author Natalie Haynes.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
We are thrilled that Damian will be with us on the evening before the publication day of You Will Be Safe Here. He will be talking about his novel with Sarah Perry, author of Dulwich Books favourites, The Essex Serpent and Melmoth. Both You Will Safe Here and Melmoth consider the links between hidden legacies of history and the present. Don’t miss what is sure to be a fantastic discussion about this wonderful debut novel and about how fiction can be used to illuminate the past.
£22 ticket with a copy of You Will Be Safe Here
A glass of wine or soft drink is included
You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr £16.99
Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as we celebrate the most powerful debut novel you'll read in 2019 by the award-winning writer, Damian Barr.
Already picked as a fiction highlight 2019 by the Guardian, Observer and Financial Times, we’re delighted to welcome Damian to the Bloomsbury Institute to talk about this deeply moving story of connected parts with his editor Alexa von Hirschberg.
Timing: Doors open and drinks from 6pm. Damian and Alexa in conversation from 6:30pm, followed by Q&A from 7:30pm and book signing by Damian from 7:45pm. This event concludes at 8:00pm.
Venue: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
Tickets: £20 for adults / £15 students and concessions. Tickets include a copy of You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr
This is my first public event! Home crowd! Delighted to be interviewed by Kirsty Wark.
You Will Be Safe Here is the stunning and shocking debut novel from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Set in South Africa, it explores legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit.
Spanning more than a century of South African history and featuring a cast of memorable characters, this is a deeply moving novel of connected parts. Inspired by real events, it uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness.