Press Release

19 January 2012

The Sidney Cooper Gallery is hosting a new series of monthly public readings to celebrate and encourage creative writers in the city.

The series features award winning novelists including the Booker Prize listed Tibor Fischer and Matt Thorne, as well as Costa First Novel Award winner Sadie Jones.

The series starts on Friday, 27 January, 6-7pm with guest authors and Canterbury Christ Church University academics Tibor Fischer and Carolyn Oulton.

Fischer is a Senior Lecturer for the University’s English and Language Studies Department. His first novel, Under the Frog, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1992 and a year later he was selected by the influential literary magazine Granta as one of the 20 best young British writers. He will read from his latest novel, Good to be God.

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 East Kent landscape. Oulton is a Reader for the University’s English and Language Studies Department.

The event is free and open to all, with doors opening at 5.30pm. For more information visit:

Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ


Notes to Editor

Friday 27 January, 6 - 7pm

Tibor Fischer and Carolyn Oulton, Chaired by Andrew Palmer

Friday 24 February, 6 - 7pm

Matt Thorne, Chaired by Tibor Fischer

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.

Friday 30 March, 6 - 7pm

Sadie Jones, Chaired by Andrew Palmer

Sadie Jones’s first novel, The Outcast, (“Riveting”, Lionel Schriver; “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, was long-listed for the Orange Prize. Her new novel The Uninvited Guests, is published in March 2012.

Friday  27 April, 6 - 7pm

Lawrence Norfolk, Chaired by Tibor Fischer

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.

Friday 1 June, 6 - 7pm

Up and coming writers, Chaired by Carolyn Oulton

Students from Canterbury Christ Church University showcase their writing.


Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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