24th Mar 2011 6:00pm-7:00pm
The University of Brighton's Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce a further event in a series of encounters with some of the UK’s leading twenty first century authors:
Crime and Writing: Frances Kay and Cathi Unsworth
CETLD room, Grand Parade,
This is a ticketed event and spaces are limited. Please email email@example.com to reserve a place.
As writers concerned with crime, society and politics, Frances Kay and Cathi Unsworth will offer a revealing session involving interviews, readings and an audience Q&A about their experiences of writing for publication and the challenges of working within the contemporary popular fiction market.
Frances Kay is a children’s playwright who was born in London and now lives in Ireland. She has worked with gypsies, prisoners and children in the U.K. and Ireland. Her first novel Micka was a runaway commercial and critical success. It features a young boy, Micka, who loves drawing and wants a pup, but with older brothers into violence and petty crime, and a mother who can't read the notes his teacher sends home from school, neither he nor the pup stand much of a chance. Then a new boy, Laurie, starts at Micka's school. The two boys both have vivid imaginations, but Laurie's fantasies are of magic and revenge, and he soon pulls Micka into a dangerous game where the line between make-believe and real life - and, ultimately, death - is increasingly blurred.
Written in direct, uncompromising yet compassionate prose, and with a breathtaking clarity of insight, Micka is an astonishingly assured debut - and an unforgettable story. Micka has been shortlisted for the People's Book Prize award for Fiction, a national competition voted by the public.
Cathi Unsworth is a novelist, writer and editor who lives and works in London. She began her career on the legendary music weekly Sounds at the age of 19 and has worked as a writer and editor for many other music, film and arts magazines since, including Bizarre, Melody Maker, Mojo, Uncut, Volume and Deadline. Her first novel The Not Knowing was published in 2005, followed the next year with the award-winning short story compendium London Noir, which she edited, and in 2007 with the punk noir novel The Singer. Her new novel Bad Penny Blues has recently been published to great critical acclaim. As well as working on her books, Cathi writes paperback crime reviews for The Guardian and regularly takes part in live events, including screen talks at The Barbican and spoken word gigs organised by Tight Lip and The Sohemian Society.