Wednesday, 3 February 2016

John Spurling - Thursday 10 March

This is one of a series of previews for the forthcoming LitFest, which begins on 29 February at Salvo's Salumeria and ends on 22 March at Lawnswood School. Online version of the brochure is now here.

John Spurling
Novelist, playwright and critic John Spurling’s book The Ten Thousand Things won the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The novelset in Imperial China, is the story of Wang Meng, one of the fourteenth century’s great painters, and was acclaimed by the chair of the judging panel as “a book which deserves enormous credit”.

In his presentation and reading, which he titles with a metaphorical reference to croquet, John will talk about the difficulties of writing The Ten Thousand Things and of getting it published.

John Spurling has written some thirty-five plays, twenty-nine of which have been produced on stage, radio or TV.  He has published three other novels, The Ragged End , After Zenda , A Book of Liszts and also a retelling of Greek myths in Arcadian Nights: Greek Myths Reimagined.  He has written two critical books: on Samuel Beckett’s plays (with John Fletcher) and Graham Greene’s novels and is a former art critic of the New Statesman.  

7.15pm  Headingley Library

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