By Shona Jackson
With spring lingering on the horizon, and a long catalogue of alphabetised storms (hopefully) behind us, the grey skies and icy northern winds are beginning to mellow. If you’re still thawing from the winter months, then get your FREE tickets and wander along to the North West Literary Salon on Friday 4th March at 7pm, for a restorative bout of literary sunshine with our esteemed writers. As always, there’ll be music, nibbles and an abundance of engaging conversation.
Novelist Charles Lambert lives and writes in the central Italian town of Fondi. His debut novel Little Monsters is a bildungsroman, bridging the landscapes of WWII Britain, and post-war Italy. Beautifully written and intensely thrilling, we follow the protagonist’s journey through time, as sinister threads from the past threaten to unfurl once again in the present. His most recent book, The Children’s Home, is a gripping neo-gothic fairy tale, described by Kirkus Reviews as a ‘one-of-a-kind literary horror story’. Lambert follows in the vein of greats such as Nail Gaiman and Roald Dahl, yet with psychological unease, palpitating suspense and surprising glimmers of hope, Lambert’s work promises a refreshing twist on classic genres.
Writer and journalist Kirsty Logan resides in Glasgow with her fiancé and rescue dog. Her enchanting short story collection The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, takes an age-old form and reshapes it with the lick of modernity. Adorned with fantastical imagery, her short stories navigate clockwork hearts, paper men, lascivious queens and a floating circus. The collection was the acclaimed winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection, among numerous other accolades. Her debut novel The Gracekeepers features the dreamy yet tumultuous seascapes of a flooded world, and traces the journeys of two women fighting against an encroaching tide.
For a little spring awakening this month, join us at the North West Literary Salon on the 4th March for thrillers, fairy tales and thought-provoking discussion.