Live at Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sky Arts! Presented by Damian Barr, Andi Oliver and Miquita Oliver.

Damian Barr will present Sky Arts Live at Cheltenham Literature Festival alongside Andi and Miquita Oliver. This will be aired on Sky Arts daily from Monday 7th October-Sunday 13th October between 7pm-10pm.

All the action will be brought to you from the onsite Sky Arts pop up studio where Andi Oliver and Damian Barr will be presenting, while Miquita Oliver will be out and about reporting. Damian Barr will be hosting the Book Banquet, in which prominent authors discuss a range of books.  Damian will also act as the Book Doctor, diagnosing the reading habits of a variety of festival guests.

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Brighton knows how to have a good time!

To celebrate 100 years of British Airways, High Life Magazine asked ten British authors of the summer’s hottest holiday reads to pick their favourite UK destinations - in exactly 100 words!

Damian chose Brighton, because, “Brighton knows how to have a good time: it’s a city of festivals, freedom and progressive living. I first fell under the spell of the city and all it’s tales during a school trip in 1992. To a boy from small-village Scotland it was like Oz.”

Click here to read more of Damian’s articles and discover more of his journalism work.

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Line-up and tickets announced for Damian Barr's Literary Salon 18th October 2019

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon has announced the line-up for the next Salon on Friday 18th October 2019; Kerry Hudson, Jeanine Cummins and Maggie O’Farrell! Avon takes to bed with a fever. 

The Salon will be returning to The Lancaster Ballroom at The Savoy Hotel and tickets will be on sale from noon Friday 6th September.

Click here to discover more and to book your tickets.

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Dates announced for the live recording of The Big Scottish Book Club

Damian and IWC Media would love to welcome you to a live recording of the ‘Big Scottish Book Club’!

This Salon-inspired show will be filmed at The Byre Inchyra, Glencarse, Perth at 3pm and 7pm on the 24th September and The Tower Digital Arts Centre, Helensburgh at 3pm and 7pm on the 30th September 2019.

Please RSVP to BSBC.audience@iwcmedia.co.uk by 16th September to book your ticket and for more info.

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Happy publication to 'Others'!

Happy publication to Others! This pioneering collection asks us - as all stories do - to walk in the footsteps of others. We've never needed this more!

The contributors are: Noam Chomsky, Leila Aboulela, Gillian Allnutt, Rishi Dastidar, Peter Ho Davies, Louise Doughty, Salena Godden, Colin Grant, Sam Guglani, Matt Haig, Aamer Hussein, Anjali Joseph, AL Kennedy, Joanne Limburg, Rachel Mann, Tiffany Murray, Sara Nović, Edward Platt, Alex Preston, Tom Shakespeare, Kamila Shamsie, Will Storr, Preti Taneja and Marina Warner.

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Damian Barr's Literary Salon comes to BBC TV!

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon is coming to a small screen near you this Autumn! 'The Big Scottish Book Club', commissioned by BBC Scotland, is a new arts series celebrating literature and Damian is so excited that more people are going to get to share in the Salon. There will still be events at the Savoy and other lovely venues too.

The show's format is inspired by the Salons you know and love. Each week Damian will meet a trio of acclaimed writers from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The show will be filmed live in front of a studio audience in two different locations in Scotland. The Big Scottish Book Club shines a spotlight on Scottish writers while celebrating books and authors from around the world. We're announcing our guests soon and they will be as diverse and exciting as ever.


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Queen's Park Book Festival returns with Ed Miliband, Linda Grant and Damian Barr on the line-up.

Ed Miliband, Linda Grant and Damian Barr are among the names appearing at this year’s Queen’s Park Book Festival – the only London book festival to take place entirely in a public park.

The festival returns to its North West London home following its successful relaunch last year, when Zadie Smith, Nick Laird and Eleanor Catton appeared on the line-up. This year’s event, taking place at the end of June, will once again turn the park into a tented village, with three stages featuring over 80 authors across 30 events.

Click HERE to read the full article.

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You Will Be Safe Here to be Book at Bedtime 27th May - 6th June

You Will Be Safe Here has been chosen as the Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 27th May to Friday 7th June. You can listen to the first episode now at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005f3b.

Tracy Ann Oberman reads Damian Barr's debut novel. Tracey is an acclaimed stage and TV actor, known for her roles in EastEnders, Toast of London and Friday Night Dinner. The producer is Justine Willett and the script has been abridged by Richard Hamilton.

We hope you enjoy listening!

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You Will Be Safe Here picked to be Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4!

Book at Bedtime has been a key feature of my listening landscape for as long as I can remember. Over the years it has lulled me to sleep (and sometimes kept me awake, usually for the right reasons). So I am thrilled that You Will Be Safe Here will be a Book at Bedtime FOR TWO WEEKS! The abridgment, by Richard Hamilton, manages to tell the story without giving everything away. Justine Willett has given the production everything. Tracy-Ann Oberman brings her characteristic power to the reading and her own South African story.

Listen in: BBC Radio 4, 2245 nightly May 27 - June 7th

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You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr - The Guardian's book of the day

Damian Barr’s memoir of growing up as a gay teenager in the 1980s, Maggie and Me, featured the striking image of a place where the sun seemed to set twice. Raised near Motherwell in Scotland, in the shadow of the Ravenscraig steelworks, Barr recalled how the sluicing of the furnaces each evening would send a “bigger, brighter, cleaner light” through the “porridge-coloured curtains” of his council home.

For his debut novel, Barr has chosen a location where the sun barely sets at all. The first part takes the form of a diary written by Sarah van der Watt, the wife of a Boer farmer living in the Orange Free State at the turn of the 20th century. Though she has never left the veldt, Sarah’s head is filled with dreams of European literature. “One day I would like to see the sun set as it does in Europe,” she states. “Here it just disappears like a coin rolling off a table.”

Click here to read the full review.

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"This is the story of Raymond Buys, whose murder still haunts me."

This is the story of Raymond Buys, whose murder still haunts me. It’s the story of his family, his community and the culture of racism and toxic masculinity that saw him sent to a camp that promised to ‘make men out of boys’. The camp where he was tortured and killed. It’s the story of the rise of the far Right in South Africa and around the world and it’s linked to a hidden history and one of the most shameful episodes of Empire.

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Windham Campbell Prizes 2019 Live from London!

Tonight I’ll be awarding more than £1million to eight writers of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. Yep, over £1m. All thanks to the generosity and vision of Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell and with the care and support of the The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale. You can watch live online from 7pm.

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