Ireland meets Flanders: aifric + Annelise Verbeke + Jan Vantoortelboom
Join us for an evening of readings and conversation with celebrated World Editions authors Aifric Campbell, Annelies Verbeke and Jan Jan Vantoortelboom. Enjoy a glass of Belgian beer courtesy of Flanders House, London.
Aifric Campbell is an Irish writer based in the UK whose novel On the Floor was long listed for the Orange Prize 2012. Previous work includes novels The Loss Adjustor (2010) and The Semantics of Murder (2008), and Aifric’s short stories have appeared inThe Book of Men, The Irish Times and New Irish Short Stories.
Annelies Verbeke is an award winning novelist, short story writer, essayist and scriptwriter. Her debut novel Sleep! sold over 70,000 copies in the Flemish edition, and her work has been published in twenty-two countries. Her most recent novel Thirty Days is now available in English, translated by Liz Waters. Voted by Dutch readers as the best novel of 2015.
Jan Vantoortelboom’s second novel His Name is David has been translated into English from the Dutch by Vivien D Glass and will be launched as part of this evening’s event. It’s the story of a young teacher in pre-world War I Flanders, attempting to evade his fate. Jan’s writing has been compared to Pat Barker. Having studied in Dublin he counts Roddy Doyle among his influences.This evening will be chaired by Rosie Goldsmith – broadcaster, journalist and director of the European Literature Network.£3 tickets (redeemable against purchase of one of this evening’s featured books) are available in store, by telephone 020 7851 2400 or by email [email protected]
“… a beautifully imagined version of a world we already inhabit where our love affair with technology is transforming the human experience.”
Irish Times, Oct 15 2016
Aifric Campbell, Irish Times OpdEd June 6 2016
“Novelists such as Tom Wolfe (above) and Martin Amis offered an eerie forecast of the financial crises that lay ahead. Photograph: AP Photo/Jim Cooper
Dr Sharad Paul, skin cancer surgeon and novelist explores the history of the human skin, the changes it undertook every time the future of the species was at stake and the genetic chains that bind races and species together. Is red hair really going extinct? And are people with fairer skin considered superior in many cultures? The answers to these questions and more are in this illuminating discussion based on his book, Skin, a Biography. In conversation with novelist Aifric Campbell
Zurich Dalkey Book Festival June 19 2016
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Dec 2014 issue 32 no 125
A i f r i c C a m p be l l
Schrijven is een daad van vertrouwen
I came to Brussels to start my fourth novel. In fact I came to write it – to “get black on white”. I am always dishing out Hemingway’s blunt advice to my students because it’s true: without text there is nothing, there is just the idea in your head.
For the past year I’ve been working on three different ideas, filling up little blue moleskins, A4 softbacks in different colours, scraps of papers on my bedside table, notes on my iPhone, my desktop screen has become wall of WORK IN PROGRESS folders. This is a crisis of procrastination, extended by real-life loss and sadness in the last 18 months…. DOWNLOAD pdf file