Damian Barr's Literary Salon October 18th 2019 - *Sold out*
Oct
18
7:00 pm19:00

Damian Barr's Literary Salon October 18th 2019 - *Sold out*

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon Friday 18th October at The Savoy, London. Featuring Kerry Hudson, Jeanine Cummins and Maggie O’Farrell.

Join us as we’re thrown into the lives of three families forced to confront circumstances few can even imagine, never mind survive. But there is always hope.  Almost always.

Kerry Hudson attended nine primary schools and five secondaries living in B&BS and council flats as her and her mum were forced to move again and again by poverty and its associated evils. Now Kerry is a rightly acclaimed novelist, activist and columnist and her life is unrecognisable. But how did she get from there to here and is her journey complete? What of the places she left? Lowborn is a memoir like no other and essential for our times.

American Dirt is the first novel to explores the perilous journey some migrants must make across the US-Mexico Border on top of freight trains known as la bestia. Lydia Quixano Perez is forced to leave her beloved bookshop and her comfortable life in Acapulco with her eight-year-old son Luca. Soon Lydia realises everyone is running from something. But what are they running to?  American Dirt is an astonishing work of fiction is inspired by a truth that urgently needs to be told. Jeanine Cummins joins us for her UK premiere.

Maggie O’Farrell returns to Salon for another world premiere with Hamnet, the novel she’s wanted to write for over thirty years. Her first foray into historical fiction takes us back to a summer day in 1596. A young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to bed with a fever.  Her twin brother, Hamnet, is distraught.   Their mother, Agnes, is a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. His name is William.  This is the heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare’s most famous play.

As ever, Ella Berthoud, author of the Novel Cure, will be offering complementary bibliotherapy! 

Start drinking in the glamour when the doors open at 6pm.  The Salon starts at 7pm.  We finish around 9.30pm but you’re very welcome to stay and drink or slip upstairs to Kaspar’s seafood restaurant to eat.

Tickets are seated or standing--doors open at 5.45pm, early arrivals swoop on seats. We will release more tickets on the day and if you can’t get in you can enjoy our podcast for free. 

The Savoy has long been loved by the literary world. Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Somerset Maugham and countless others have enjoyed the hotel’s hospitality since it opened in 1889.  We look forward to welcoming you and your stories.

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A Celebration Of Diana Athill
Oct
13
4:00 pm16:00

A Celebration Of Diana Athill

Diana Athill was one of publishing’s most respected editors, working with authors such as Philip Roth, John Updike, Simone de Beauvoir, V.S. Naipaul and Jean Rhys. Yet it was her own writing in the latter part of her life, right up to her death aged 101, that many will remember her for. A panel of close friends and colleagues including Damian Barr, Xandra Bingley and Claire Armistead join Erica Wagner to pay tribute to a remarkable life in letters.

A Celebration Of Diana Athill (L313)
Sun 13 Oct 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cheltenham Literature Festival
Town Hall, Pillar Room
£8 plus booking fee*

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You Will Be Safe Here - Cheltenham Literature Festival
Oct
12
5:15 pm17:15

You Will Be Safe Here - Cheltenham Literature Festival

Georgina Godwin talks to Damian Barr, the award-winning writer of the memoir Maggie & Me. They discuss his acclaimed South Africa-set debut novel You Will Be Safe Here, which explores legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit.

You Will Be Safe Here (L282)
Cheltenham Literature Festival
Sat 12 Oct 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
The Nook
£8 plus booking fee*

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Damian Barr at Gladfest 2019
Sep
8
4:00 pm16:00

Damian Barr at Gladfest 2019

YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE (DAMIAN TALKS TO SARAH PERRY)

We’re delighted to welcome Damian back to Gladfest – he was the very first event of our very first festival! You Will Be Safe Here is Damian’s first novel. Set in South Africa in 1901, at the height of the Boer War, Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloaemfontein Concentration Camp – where the English promise they will be safe. A deeply moving novel of connected parts, inspired by the true contemporary story of Raymond Buys, You Will Be Safe Here explores our capacity for cruelty and kindness. Join Damian as he talks to novelist Sarah Perry about writing this extraordinary novel.

Sunday 8th September 4pm-5pm

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Damian Barr on the Work of Diana Athill - SOLD OUT
Aug
12
1:00 pm13:00

Damian Barr on the Work of Diana Athill - SOLD OUT

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Damian Barr on the Work of Diana Athill - SOLD OUT

READING WORKSHOP

Writer, columnist and playwright, Damian Barr takes you through the work of distinguished British literary editor and writer Diana Athill. Having worked with some of the greatest 20th century writers at London-based publishing company Andre Deutsch, Athill is perhaps best known for her memoirs, the first of which was Instead of a Letter in 1963. Expect an open discussion; read the work ahead of the event or be inspired to pick it up afterwards.

 Date: Mon 12 Aug

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Venue: Writers' Retreat

Price: £15.00, £12.00

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GREAT ESSAYISTS - Alexander Chee & Sinéad Gleeson with Damian Barr
Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

GREAT ESSAYISTS - Alexander Chee & Sinéad Gleeson with Damian Barr

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Alexander Chee & Sinéad Gleeson with Damian Barr

GREAT ESSAYISTS

Labelled 'one of the best living writers of today', Alexander Chee’s revelatory How To Write An Autobiographical Novel is a memoir in essays exploring his growth as a gay Korean-American man and writer. Joining him is lauded Irish writer Sinéad Gleeson, whose exquisite essay collection, Constellations, takes us on an intimate journey through womanhood. They talk to bestselling memoirist Damian Barr in this stellar event.


 Date: Sun 11 Aug

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 Price: £8.00, £6.00

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Damian Barr at Edinburgh Book Festival - Do Brutal Men Father Brutal Men?
Aug
11
10:30 am10:30

Damian Barr at Edinburgh Book Festival - Do Brutal Men Father Brutal Men?

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After the success of Maggie & Me, a bestselling memoir of growing up gay in 1980s Scotland, Damian Barr presents his hotly anticipated debut novel You Will Be Safe Here. Its interweaving narratives build around the tender depiction of Willem – sensitive, effeminate, at odds with his Afrikaner world. The novel is based on the true story of a teenager who was killed in a South African camp that promised to turn boys into ‘real men’. He talks about it to Richard Holloway.

 Sun 11 Aug 10:30 - 11:30

 Spark Theatre on George Street

 £12.00, £10.00

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CLASS ACTS - Kit de Waal with Damian Barr
Aug
10
5:45 pm17:45

CLASS ACTS - Kit de Waal with Damian Barr

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CLASS ACTS - Kit de Waal with Damian Barr

The National Library of Scotland Event

The publishing world is finally waking up to the barriers that have prevented working class voices from being heard in books. Kit de Waal grew up in Birmingham’s Irish community and she has successfully broken into the mainstream with two highly acclaimed novels. She talks to Damian Barr about Common People, her book of essays by working class writers, featuring coruscating pieces by authors including Barr himself.

 Date: Sat 10 Aug 17:45 - 18:45

 Venue: Garden Theatre

 Price: £12.00, £10.00

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Damian Barr in conversation with Patrick Gale at Penzance Literary Festival
Jul
6
11:00 am11:00

Damian Barr in conversation with Patrick Gale at Penzance Literary Festival

Damian talks to Patrick Gale about how this novel was partly inspired by the travels and travails of brave Cornish woman Emily Hobhouse who travelled to South Africa in 1900 and brought back the truth about the camps.

Date: 06 Jul 2019 - 11:00 to 12:30pm

Venue: Acorn Theatre

Price: £4

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Outsider Memoirs: Tracey Thorn & Dustin Lance Black - Hosted by Damian Barr
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Outsider Memoirs: Tracey Thorn & Dustin Lance Black - Hosted by Damian Barr

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

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Damian Barr and Gabriela Ybarra talk to Rosie Goldsmith
Jun
2
10:00 am10:00

Damian Barr and Gabriela Ybarra talk to Rosie Goldsmith

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. 

Price: £8.00

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

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Damian Barr discusses You Will Be Safe Here - In conversation with Alexander Chee
May
22
7:30 pm19:30

Damian Barr discusses You Will Be Safe Here - In conversation with Alexander Chee

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.

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The Root Of It All - The House of SpeakEasy
May
21
7:00 pm19:00

The Root Of It All - The House of SpeakEasy

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.

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Damian Barr with Patrick Gale at The Bath Festival
May
18
10:45 am10:45

Damian Barr with Patrick Gale at The Bath Festival

Included in the GuardianFinancial 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

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Common People
May
8
8:00 pm20:00

Common People

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.

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Damian Barr - You Will Be Safe Here
May
4
4:00 pm16:00

Damian Barr - You Will Be Safe Here

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

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Damian Barr at Main Street Trading, Scottish Borders
Apr
11
7:30 pm19:30

Damian Barr at Main Street Trading, Scottish Borders

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.

Price: £10

Venue: Mainstreet, St Boswells, Scottish Borders TD6 0AT

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An Evening with Damian Barr in Edinburgh
Apr
10
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Damian Barr in Edinburgh

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 ObserverFinancial 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.

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Damian Barr launches You Will Be Safe Here in St Andrews
Apr
9
8:00 pm20:00

Damian Barr launches You Will Be Safe Here in St Andrews

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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.

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Damian Barr interviewed by Margie Orford for English PEN
Apr
5
6:30 pm18:30

Damian Barr interviewed by Margie Orford for English PEN

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.

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City Books, Brighton: Damian Barr interviewed by Natalie Haynes!
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

City Books, Brighton: Damian Barr interviewed by Natalie Haynes!

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.


Venue: ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS CHURCH, Victoria Road, Brighton BN1 3FS
Tickets: From £10.00 available at City Books or Eventbrite

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Secret Histories - with Damian Barr and Sarah Perry
Apr
3
7:00 pm19:00

Secret Histories - with Damian Barr and Sarah Perry

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.

Tickets:
£10 standard
£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

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You Will Be Safe Here Salon with Damian Barr
Apr
2
6:00 pm18:00

You Will Be Safe Here Salon with Damian Barr

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

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