Voice with Patricia Ferguson

  • The Lansdown
  • October 22
  • 20:00 - 22:00
  • £5
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Meet critically acclaimed author Patricia Ferguson for a Q & A on creating believable characters with an authentic voice.

Pat will discuss voice in relation to her latest novels – The Midwife’s Daughter, a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime choice in 2012, and Aren’t We Sisters? which was long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize in 2015. There will be time for Q and A, book signings and readings by local novelists in the first half.

Pat’s background as a nurse and midwife informs much of her work. She was first published in 1985 with Family Myths and Legends, which won the Betty Trask, David Higham and Somerset Maugham awards, and she has been consistently winning writing awards ever since for short stories and novels.

It So Happens and Peripheral Vision were both long-listed for the Orange prize and her short stories have been broadcast on Radio 4. She taught Creative Writing at the University of Bristol for many years and was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Reading University.

Reviews for Pat’s novels:

‘Peripheral Vision casts a spell over the reader that is at once unnerving and compelling. Her prose is scrupulous, her sense of time and place exact, and her ability to give form to those shadows that lurk in the corners of the psyche is astonishing. I urge you read it.’ – Will Self
‘Aren’t We Sisters?’ is that rare thing, a novel which is intelligent, gripping and – quite unexpectedly cheering. Amanda Craig, The Daily Telegraph.
‘Plotty, emollient, fluent, concerned with relationships and what fosters or thwarts them, and capable of making you root for the characters.’ The Guardian.
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In the first half we will hear readings from novelists: Jo Ullah, Heather Jo Reed, Trevor Coombs, Deb Tomkins and Lesley Gillilan