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2020

Wednesday 4th November | 7pm-8pm

‘Cross Currents: The Fiction of History' - Dai Smith CBE

‘Cross Currents: The Fiction of History' - Dai Smith CBE in conversation with Jon Gower

Wednesday 4th November | 7pm-8pm

Dai Smith reflects on the intellectual cross currents of his life as both historian and novelist as he launches his latest novel, The Crossing, in conversation with Jon Gower.

The novel builds upon and completes Dai’s trilogy on the fictive history of Industrial South Wales. The Crossing, polyphonic and multi-vocal, is a startling and provocative mix of the actual and imaginative in its intertwining of individual destinies, real and fictional ones, with a society’s fated and shaping direction.

Dai is now writing a work of memory making which, he says, is neither autobiography nor memoir but, rather, both forms held in suspension in the mind of recall.

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Thursday 26th November | 7pm-8pm

'Entering the Yellow House: Jon Gower talks to Alan Bilton about his fantastical take on historical fiction, The End of The Yellow House'

'Entering the Yellow House: Jon Gower talks to Alan Bilton about his fantastical take on historical fiction, The End of The Yellow House'

Thursday 26th November | 7pm-8pm

Book Synopsis
Central Russia, 1919, a sanatorium cut off by the chaos of the Russian civil war. The murder of the chief doctor sets in motion a nightmarish series of events involving mysterious experiments, the secret police, the Tsar’s double, an enigmatic ‘visitor’, giant corpses, possessed cats, sorcery, and the overwhelming madness of war, in this fantastical and wildly exuberant historical novel.  

Reviews
"A bold and confident novel that throws us into the deep end of post-revolutionary Russian life with fervour and wit. There are knowing nods to Gogol and Bulgakov but the voice is entirely original, with a gem of a phrase on every page. I love the quizzical, querulous, dry voice and it’s a satisfying whilst sometimes disorientating experience... the characters are larger than life, but the mud is real. Alan Bilton has a real talent for the unexpected left-hand turn, with lines that turn on a sixpence and surreal narrative twists. It reads like a very modern translation of a 19th century Russian classic – if that sounds like your kind of thing, you will love this book." - Mark Blayney  

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Thursday 3rd December | 7pm-8pm

'The Murenger and Other Stories: Jon Gower in conversation with Mark Lawson Jones'

'The Murenger and Other Stories: Jon Gower in conversation with Mark Lawson Jones'

Thursday 3rd December | 7pm-8pm

‘In The Murenger and Other Stories’, Jon Gower’s fifth collection of short fiction, he has unleashed a motley crew of rambunctious characters, who experience a variety of unfortunate situations, either due to their own destructive tendencies, to events beyond their control or to the vagaries of others. These unique stories are a melting pot of wild imagination and inventive language, conjured up with a drop of magic realism, a hint of the surreal and a soupçon of fable.’
- Madeleine d’Arcy, author of Waiting for the Bullet

About the Author
Jon Gower has over thirty books to his name, in Welsh and English, including ‘The Story of Wales,’ which accompanied the landmark BBC series, ‘An Island Called Smith,’ which gained the John Morgan Travel Writing Award, and ‘Y Storïwr,’ which won the Wales Book of the Year award. He is a former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent and was for many years the presenter of Radio Wales’ arts’ programme ‘First Hand.’ He lives in Cardiff with his wife Sarah and daughters Elena and Onwy.  

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