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Local Authors Event featuring Jane Isaac, Helen Gould and Peter Morrell
Friday, 5th May at 7:30pm
St Peter's Church, Oundle, PE8 4AL
The Festival of Literature is very pleased to support and promote several of our very talented local authors. We have a very rich and varied group of authors in this area so please come along and find out more about them and their books; perhaps you will be inspired to read a new book or motivated to put pen to paper yourself!
Jane Isaac: The Lies Within
The Lies Within is the third novel in Jane’s second series. Grace Bannister is distraught after her daughter's body is found in the Leicestershire country lane. DI Will Jackman delves into the case but when the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before Grace is convicted of a crime she didn't commit?
Helen Claire Gould: Floodtide
Floodtide is set on icy Naxada, the Shiranu farm in lava tubes under a dormant volcano, avoiding hunter tribe the Sargussi. But the mutually-hostile tribes’ world will soon be torn apart by natural forces. Planetary geologist and astronomer Jordas Krata, part of a team observing an incoming asteroid, enters this precarious balance of nature to rescue both tribes from the destruction about to rain down on them and help resettle them on a safer planet.
Peter Morrell: The Honourable Member of Pepynbridge
In Peter’s third novel Ralph Waters QC, is The Honourable Member for the constituency of Pepynbridge Forest. Ralph asks the rector, to marry him and his partner Pascal in St Aidan’s Abbey. When Herbie points out that it would be against the law, Ralph announces he is piloting a Private Members’ Bill through the House of Commons to force the Church of England to recognise and conduct same gender marriages. Ralph’s request is discussed by a deeply divided Parochial Church Council.
King Lear in Brooklyn: An Evening with Michael Pennington
Sunday, 4th June 2017, 19:00
St Peter's Church, Oundle, PE8 4AL
Come and hear one of the world’s leading Shakespearean actors, Michael Pennington who appeared triumphantly as King Lear in New York in 2014, talk about his latest book for one evening only in Oundle.
King Lear in Brooklyn, published in June 2016, is Pennington’s meditations on grappling with Shakespeare’s greatest role, and gives a fascinating insight into the punishing mental and physical impact the role can have on those who are brave enough to take on the challenge.
Pennington examines the relationships between the cast and the characters they play, and explores the director’s approach to Lear and that of the other actors. We see the production develop and unfurl through the eyes of an English actor playing the lead in an otherwise all-American cast.
Funny, personal and deeply honest, Pennington’s account is also probing and scholarly - there is no greater insight into Shakespeare’s greatest role. This is the work of one of our most sublime actor-writers at the top of his game.
Michael Pennington has played Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Berowne, Angelo, Richard II, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Henry V and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale. Together with director Michael Bogdanov, he founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 and was its Joint Artistic Director until 1992.
In April 2004 he became the second actor to deliver the British Academy’s annual Shakespeare lecture. The lecture was entitled Barnadine's Straw: The Devil in Shakespeare's Detail.
"New" Nature Writing Workshop with Bridget Holding
Friday, 9th June 2017, 18:30
The Kingfisher Café
Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Rd, Oundle, PE8 5PB
Bridget is a tutor in creative writing for the University of Exeter, as well as a writer, and psychotherapist. She also runs Wild Words which explores the connections between the writer, their words and the natural world.
Nature writing is now one of the fastest growing genres; the new generation of nature writers are selling like hot cakes. Come and find out about the market, and how to write for it.
It’s no longer the idealised rural life and landscapes of the pastoral poetry tradition. It’s raw, edgy, groundbreaking, thought-provoking, politically challenging, and society changing. It takes in poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction. It fuses nature writing, travel writing, philosophy and psychology. Its writers heal and find meaning through contact with nature, and so do its readers.
"With her focus on learning from nature, and the embodied, holistic experience of the storyteller, university tutor and psychotherapist Bridget Holding is revitalising traditional creative writing teaching." The London School of Economics Literary Festival 2017
Bridget is a former screenwriter, whose articles have appeared in Writing Magazine and The Psychotherapist, among other publications. She is also a UKCP registered psychotherapist. She’s a former associate lecturer for the Open University, and has been a tutor of creative writing for the University of Exeter since 2008.