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Short Stories Aloud - Julie Mayhew and Elleke Boehmer

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Short Stories Aloud - The most fun you can have in a bookshop on a Tuesday night.

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Listen to actors read short stories read by our guest authors. This month we are joined by Julie Mayhew, author of 'Impossible Causes', and Elleke Boehmer, 'To The Volcano and Other Stories' . After hearing short stories (and eating some cake) there will be questions from Sarah Franklin, author of 'Shelter', and the audience. Join us for a wonderful evening, not to be missed.

Impossible Causes

'A claustrophobic tale of outsiders versus insiders, religious fervour versus age-old paganism and, ultimately, women and men. A tightly told and powerful story of sins, lies and secrets long held' i

Four elements.

Four seasons.

Four points on the compass.

Four teenage girls.

And one dead body.

Eerie and menacing, timely and moving, 'Impossible Causes' is an unputdownable novel that examines the consequences of silence kept at young women's expense.

Julie Mayhew is a journalist who became an actress (because she was yearning for more creative ways to tell stories), who became a scriptwriter (because she couldn’t find enough brilliant roles for women).

She is an award-winning novelist, an award-nominated radio dramatist and has written short stories and stage plays to critical acclaim. As a participant in the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew programme, Julie now also writes for the screen.

To the Volcano and Other Stories

This thrilling new collection of short stories by Elleke Boehmer tracks lives across continents from the perspective of the southern hemisphere—its light, its seas, its sensibilities.

These are stories of people caught up in a world that tilts seductively, sometimes dangerously, between south and north, between ambition and tradition, between light and dark. Her characters are poised to leave or on the point of return; often caught in limbo, haunted by their histories and veering between possibilities.

An African student in England longs for her desert home; a shy Argentinian travel agent agonises about joining her boyfriend in New York; a soldier is pursued by his past; a writer’s widow fends off the attentions of his predatory biographer.

From story to story we walk through radically different worlds and journeys packed with hopes and ideals. Sharp, tender, and always arresting, these exquisitely written pieces crackle with luminous insights as characters struggle to come to terms—with their pasts, with one another, and with themselves.

Elleke Boehmer is the author of five novels including 'Screens against the Sky' (shortlisted for the David Higham Prize), 'Bloodlines' (shortlisted for the Sanlam Prize), 'Nile Baby', and 'The Shouting in the Dark' (winner of the Olive Schreiner Award for Prose and longlisted for the Sunday Times prize).

She is also Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and a founding figure in the field of postcolonial literature. Her edition of Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was a bestseller, and her acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela has been translated into several languages. She has published several other books including Stories of Women, the anthology Empire Writing, Postcolonial Poetics, and Indian Arrivals: Networks of British Empire which won the biennial ESSE 2015-16 Prize. In 2019 Elleke was elected Fellow by the Royal Society of Literature.

Tickets for this event cost £5. Doors will open at 6.45pm and there will be a small bar available to purchase drinks. For more information, please contact our customer service desk on 01865 333 623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.

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