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Novel Writers: Zoe Gilbert, Folk

Spike Island

Thursday, 22 February 2018 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT)

Novel Writers: Zoe Gilbert, Folk

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General admission 22 Feb 2018 £5.00 £0.90
Concessions 22 Feb 2018 £3.00 £0.78
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Novel Writers

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books. The series is a partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Folk is the breathtaking debut novel from Zoe Gilbert, the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2014.

 Zoe Gilbert, Folk

The men and women are already lighting torches, passing them along the line. All the villagers of Neverness are here. Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year.

On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other: Neverness. In this world far from our time and place, the stories of the islanders interweave and overlap. Enchantment always lurks, blighting and blessing in equal measure: a girl is snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair, a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. Folk is a dark, magical and staggeringly beautiful debut circling the lives of one generation, their own dark folklore twisting fates and changing lives.

‘An utterly tantalising new voice. With Folk, Gilbert casts a powerful spell, creating a world on the page that feels as old as the hills and yet exquisitely alive. Folk is a place of elemental coastlines, dappled light and rich woodland shadow. Her characters step from those shadows, as compelling as characters from any much loved folktale ... To read Folk is to find oneself rapt.’

Alison MacLeod, author of All the Beloved Ghosts



 


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Spike Island
133 Cumberland Road
BS1 6UX Bristol
United Kingdom

Thursday, 22 February 2018 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT)


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Spike Island

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Based in Bristol, UK, it is home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, we offer opportunities for audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.

Our vision is to position art as central to society, which we do in two ways: by offering a high quality, challenging programme of exhibitions and events; and by fostering a dynamic and critically engaged community of artists and designers. Spike Island collaborates with local and regional partners as well as with international institutions, museums and universities.

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