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
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
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