Croatian nights, continued

I will be reading from The Fountain in the Forest, and in conversation with Croatian novelist Marko Gregur. 7pm, Koprivnica Library, Zrinski trg 6, 48000 Koprivnica, Croatia. Info here.

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Hello Split!

I am currently in the city of Split, in Croatia, courtesy of the KURS Organisation and their Marko Marulić residency programme for writers and translators.

Marko Marulić (1450–1524) is a hugely influential figure and preeminent in the Renaissance literature of the region, and beyond: his Psichiologia de ratione animae humanae is apparently the first literary reference to psychology.

Here is the celebrated sculptor Ivan Meštrović’s statue of Marulić –  which I came across while walking in the town yesterday. Unveiled in 1925, the statue shows Marulić reading to an audience, and is situated outside the Renaissance Milesi Palace in Split old town, home of the Školske knjiga bookshop, one of two bookshops in the old town.

As well as writing, I will be doing my share of reading to audiences, in Split and elsewhere in Croatia during the coming month, including in Koprivnica on 20th June, where I will be reading from my latest novel The Fountain in the Forest and discussing my fiction with the Croatian novelist Marko Gregur.

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Q. Did you ever use libraries when you were younger?

Back in February I was delighted to give a masterclass – alongside fellow authors including Jeff Noon, Panya Banjoko and Kim Slater – at an event called Storysmash, part of the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature programme, which delivered a series of brilliant writing workshops for young people in libraries across Nottingham.

While I was there we filmed a short interview, and Storysmash asked me if libraries had been important to me as a young person…

Storysmash is a project delivered by Nottingham City Libraries in partnership with National Videogame Foundation and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, funded by Arts Council England.

1 June 1985 — “The Battle of Stonehenge”

Taken from Leeds Other Paper of 14 June 1985, this is an eyewitness account of an event that would soon become better known as ‘the Battle of the Beanfield’, which took place near Stonehenge on 1 June 1985.

The Battle of the Beanfield is a central feature of my latest novel The Fountain in the Forest – published by Faber and Faber in January 2018 – so I was pleased to see that the book has been added to the ‘Cultural References’ section of the Wikipedia entry on the Battle of the Beanfield, alongside songs on the subject by Ian Dury, Roy Harper, and Hawkwind.

These scans are of photocopies that I made from the Leeds Other Paper collection held at Leeds Central Library while researching the novel in September 2011.

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Live at Golden Hare Bookshop Edinburgh

I’ll be reading at the celebrated Golden Hare Bookshop in Edinburgh tonight, Weds 9 May 2018, as part of a double bill with the author Jeremy Gavron. Jeremy will be reading from his new Scribe Books novel Felix Culpa, and I will be reading from and discussing The Fountain in the Forest, my new novel from Faber and Faber – published January 2018 – which was recently ‘Book of the Day’ in the Guardian newspaper.

Do please come and join us. All are welcome!

Booking info here

Tony White reading at Beaconsfield, London. Photo © Marianne Magnin, 2015

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Booking info for Golden Hare Bookshop, Edinburgh, Weds 9 May 2018

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