Sidney Cooper Gallery

Reading Series   

Writing Comes Alive

Now in its second year, this series of public readings celebrates and encourages creativity in writing.

Each event is held at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in St Peter’s Street, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Entrance is free. Doors open at 6pm: enjoy the Gallery’s current exhibition with a glass of wine before the event begins.


photograph Jake Arnott   Wednesday, 10th October

Chaired by Andrew Palmer

 “All of the novels by Jake Arnott are engaged in the excavation of secret histories, in the teasing out and restoration of events that have taken place beneath the surface of society” - Times Literary Supplement.

 Jake Arnott is the author of six books, including the critically acclaimed and bestselling The Long Firm, which was adapted as a major BBC drama serial. He will be reading from his latest work, The House of Rumour - a thrilling tale of spies, Nazis, SF writers and transsexuals. http://www.jakearnott.com


photograph Liz Jensen Wednesday, 21st November

Chaired by Tibor Fischer

 Liz Jensen was born in Oxfordshire in 1959. Her critically-acclaimed work spans black comedy, science fiction, satire, family drama, historical fantasy and psychological suspense. Three of her novels have been nominated for the Orange Prize and in 1998 she was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. She is Writer in Residence at Kingston University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her work has been developed for film and translated into more than 20 languages. http://lizjensen.com/

 


photographRoma Tearne Wednesday, 12th December

Chaired by Andrew Palmer

Roma Tearne is an artist and novelist. She is the author of four works of fiction: The Swimmer (longlisted for the Orange Prize 2010), Brixton Beach (selected for The TV Book Club), Mosquito (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize 2007) and Bone China. Born in Sri Lanka, she arrived with her parents in Britain at the age of ten. For nearly twenty years her work as a painter, installation artist, filmmaker and novelist has dealt with traces of history and memory in public and private spaces. http://romatearne.blogspot.com/

 


Tibor Fischer and Carolyn Oulton
Friday 27 January
6pm-7pm

The first in a new series of monthly public readings to celebrate and encourage creativity in writing.

Tibor Fischer’s first novel, Under the Frog was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He is the author of four other novels, the latest of which is Good to be God, from which he will read at this event.

Carolyn Oulton’s most recent poetry collection, A Child, a Death and the Making of the Fairytale Woman, registers her interest in Victorian and modern mythmaking as well as the landscape of East Kent.

Chaired by Andrew Palmer

Entrance is free. Doors open at 5.30pm: enjoy the Gallery’s current exhibition with a glass of wine before the event begins.

Matt Thorne
Friday 24 February
6pm-7pm at the Sidney Cooper Gallery

The second in a series of monthly public readings to celebrate and encourage creativity in writing.

Matt Thorne is the author of six novels including the award-winning Eight Minutes Idle, which won an Encore Award, and Cherry, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is also the author of three books for children and has co-edited two anthologies, including All Hail the New Puritans.

Chaired by Tibor Fischer

© Charlie Hopkinson

Sadie Jones
Friday 30 March
6pm-7pm at the Sidney Cooper Gallery

The third in a series of monthly public readings to celebrate and encourage creativity in writing.

Sadie Jones’s first novel, The Outcast ('Riveting', Lionel Shriver; 'Devastatingly good', Daily Mail) was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award and was a Richard and Judy Summer Reads Number One bestseller. Her second novel, Small Wars (‘One of the best books about the English at war ever’, Joel Morris) was long-listed for the Orange Prize. Her new novel, The Uninvited Guests, is published in March 2012.

Chaired by Andrew Palmer

Lawrence Norfolk
Friday 27 April
6pm-7pm at the Sidney Cooper Gallery

The fourth in a series of monthly public readings to celebrate and encourage creativity in writing.

Lawrence Norfolk’s first novel, Lemprière’s Dictionary, won the Somerset Maugham Award. This was followed by The Pope’s Rhinoceros, short-listed for the Impac Prize, and In the Shape of a Boar. His fourth novel, John Saturnall’s Feast, is the story of a 17th century orphan who lives through the English Civil Wars to become the greatest cook of his age; it will be published in 2012.

Chaired by Tibor Fischer

Friday 1 June
6pm-7pm at the Sidney Cooper Gallery

The fifth in a series of monthly public readings to celebrate and encourage creativity in writing.

Up and coming Writers

Students from Canterbury Christ Church University showcase their writing.

Chaired by Carolyn Oulton