This event is part of the York Literature Festival 2017
19.00-21.00 Reading in Quad South Hall
Mark Blacklock (I'm Jack) and Andrew Michael Hurley (The Loney) each draw on the Gothic in different ways in their recent debut novels. I'm Jack interrogates our fascination with true crime, through its fictional engagement with the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer, while The Loney draws on the Gothic dimensions of landscape in its rendition of the Cumbrian coast.
The authors will each run a daytime workshop. They will then both read from their novels and discuss the broader dimensions of their work in an evening event.
I’m Jack, published by Granta in 2015, was described by The Guardian as '[an] intelligent and disturbing slice of noir’ and by the Financial Times as 'a chilling debut.' Mark has co-written a screenplay adaptation of the novel which is currently in production. He is the director of the Master’s programme in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck College, where he also teaches across BA and MA programmes in English Literature. He has recently published essays on Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of JG Ballard’s High-Rise, geek culture and the spatial form of weird fiction. His first monograph, The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He is working on his second novel.
Born in Lancashire, Andrew Michael Hurley is the author of two short story collections, Cages and The Unusual Death of Julie Christie. The Loney, was first published by Tartarus Press in 2014 and was shortlisted for the inaugural James Herbert Award. It was subsequently republished by John Murray in 2015 and won the Costa First Novel Award and the British Book Industry awards for Debut Novel and Book of the Year. He lectures in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working on a second novel.