by Shona Jackson
February is a liminal month, caught somewhere in the limbo between winter and spring, biting cold winds and occasional bouts of sunshine. If the temperamental weather is leaving you distinctly blue, the North West Literary Salon is the perfect antidote. Join us on Friday 5th February at Waterstones, King Street, for an evening of escapism with our esteemed writers.
Dennison Smith, a novelist, poet and award-winning playwright, lives between a small island in Canada and London. Her first novel, Scavenger, adapted for the stage as Desert Story, is a cross-cultural work caught between the artifice of the American suburbs and the earthy spiritualism of a Navajo reservation. Lyrical and potent, Smith refers to it as her ‘most autobiographical novel’. Eye of the Day, her latest book, tracks the journey of two protagonists, divided by class, across 1930’s America during World War Two. Dennison Smith handles the historical novel delicately, carving new narrative terrain from the familiar pages of history.
Sarah Dobbs is a writer and lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sunderland. Her first novel, Killing Daniel, is a cross-cultural thriller, charting the parallel stories of Fleur in Manchester, and Chinatsu in Japan, and their possibility of reconnection. It’s a novel of tightly held secrets, cutting betrayals and bold, engaging characters. Dobbs is also the author and co-editor of English Language, Literature and Creative Writing: A practical guide for students. She is currently launching the University of Sunderland’s inaugural short story award, and working on her second novel, Death Day.
On the 5th February, come in from the cold and warm yourself with live music, refreshments and engaging conversation. Order your free tickets here. Escape the bitter northern wind and drift across decades and continents with tales of warmer climates from our accomplished writers.