Kirsty Gunn and Tony White
Literary Page Turners
18:30 – 19:30: Friday 9th November
Lansdown Hall, Stroud
Tickets £8: Available here
I am really looking forward to reading from and discussing The Fountain in the Forest in an event branded ‘Literary Page-turners’ at Stroud Book Festival, alongside the brilliant Kirsty Gunn who’ll be talking about her new novel Caroline’s Bikini. We’re joined by chair Louisa Joyner, editorial director of Faber and Faber. Louisa’s authors at Faber include Anna Burns, winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize with her novel Milkman.
Kirsty is a great performer and speaker – as any friends will know who came along to our Under the Paving Stones event with Eley Williams, Joanna Walsh and Richard Milward for Faber Social back in February.
Can contemporary literary fiction also be page-turning stuff? Of course it can, say acclaimed novelists Kirsty Gunn and Tony White, both published by literary publisher of pedigree, Faber & Faber.
Kirsty’s latest novel is “Caroline’s Bikini” in which her narrator, Emily Stuart, charts her friend Evan Gordonstone’s passion for Caroline Beresford, a glamorous housewife, hostess and landlady. It’s a swirling cocktail of infatuation, obsession and the art of making stories.
Tony is the author of “The Fountain in the Forest”, an immensely stylish and ingenious crime novel which unfolds after a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a Covent Garden Theatre, shifting between Holborn Police station, an abandoned village in rural 1980s France and Stonehenge’s Battle of the Beanfield.
They join us in conversation with Faber Editorial Director, Louisa Joyner to talk about they make their fiction both beautifully crafted and totally gripping.