This month we’re celebrating our two Zimbabwean authors: Tendai Huchu and Bryony Rheam. Both will be appearing this month at Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre in London with their respective books: The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician and This September Sun.
Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain. The Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music. The Maestro, a depressed, quixotic character, sinks out of the real world into the fantastic world of literature. The Mathematician, full of youth, follows a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle, until their three universes collide. In this carefully crafted, multi- layered novel, Tendai Huchu, with his inimitable humour, reveals much about the Zimbabwe story as he draws the reader deep into the lives of the three main characters.
‘An unusually astute and unflinching writer’ -- The Guardian
Gee Williams, author of Desire Line and multi-award-winning writer, will be appearing at Velvet Coalmine on Sunday 6 September. Sunday afternoon, Gee will be taking part in 'Rhyl meets the Rhondda', a talk with author Rhian Elizabeth about the people and places in their work.
A widely-published poet and a dramatist as well as writer of fiction, Gee's work has appeared in disparate places from The Sunday Times to The Pan Book of Horror. Many of her scripts have been broadcast by BBC Radio 4. She has won both The Rhys Davies and The Book Pl@ce Contemporary Short Story Awards, was Poetry Review’s New Poet, Summer ‘97, short-listed for The Geoffrey Dearmer Award and (with Sol B. River) short-listed for the Race in the Media Radio Drama Award 2001. Pure Gold Fiction Award 2008. Short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Fiction Prize 2008. Short-listed for Wales Book of the Year 2009 and 2013.
Norman Schwenk's poetry collection A Book of Songs will be launched at Canton Library, Canton on Friday the 25th of September at 7pm.
Tristian Herbert looks at the man and the back catalogue.
Norman Schwenk was born in 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska and grew up there. Having early discovered a love of reading and writing poems, and wishing to work as a teacher, he enrolled as a postgraduate in American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, becoming a teaching and research assistant in English. In 1960 he won a Fulbright Award from the U.S. State Dept., and for the next five years he was a Fulbright Lecturer in English at Uppsala University in Sweden. He came to Wales in 1965, having been appointed Lecturer in American Literature at Cardiff University.
The first book of short stories from the Welsh Short Story Network is launching this month. Secondary Character and Other Stories will feature work from 28 authors including Parthian authors Susmita Bhattacharya (The Normal State of Mind), Carole Burns (The Missing Woman and Other Stories), Carly Holmes (The Scrapbook), Nigel Jarrett (Funderland), Jo Mazelis (Circle Games, Diving Girls), and Susie Wild (The Art of Contraception).
Join the Network and authors in Swansea on Wednesday 9th September at Mozarts Bar and Venue for readings from the stories, live music by acoustic trio Anni Wall, and plenty of chat.
John Harrison, Tendai Huchu, and Dan Tyte will be appearing in Edinburgh at the end of August as part of the Edinburgh Book Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Grab your tickets before they sell out and pick up their books to read on the journey.
Descended from aviators and seafarers, John Harrison’s career has revolved around travel. For 15 years he has ventured to Latin America and the Antarctic Peninsula. Now he’s published a travel book, following in the footsteps of Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer, who engineered the fall of the Aztecs and the destruction of the greatest city then existing.
Charlotte Square Gardens
ScottishPower Foundation Studio
5A Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
Sun 23rd August, 5:30 - 6:30pm
As part of Edinburgh Book Festival
£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888