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.Read More
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.
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.
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
Bloomsbury have designed a beautiful book plate for You Will Be Safe Here. IT'S GOT STARS ON! Not just any stars, but the Southern Cross which guides the characters in the historical and the contemporary parts of the story. AND it features one of my favourite lines--yes, I'm allowed to have a favourite line: 'The stars are saying nothing'.Read More
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.Read More
Diana and I spent far more talking about the business of life than death but as she got older death nosied in. Then producer Eddie Morgan had this idea for a very final sort of interview: a Final Say to be broadcast after the subject has died.Read More
Books like ‘A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality’ hurt lives while making profits for companies that purports to care. This is not a freedom of speech issue. It’s about our freedom to live. Amazon must be held accountable and make different choices. Thank you Patrick Strudwick for interviewing me and writing this powerful feature for Buzzfeed.Read More
I can't believe it's real! Holding actual copy of my first novel for the first time.
If you're writing, keep going. If you're thinking about writing, start. I hope you get to hold your own book one day. Thanks to all teachers and everyone who got me here. #amwritingfictionRead More