Word Nights | Debut Novelists | Truth and Lies

  • CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust)
  • April 15
  • 19:00 - 21:00
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Saturday 15 April, 7pm
Free admission, all welcome
CAST Café will offer a £10 supper after the event.
Please email cafe@c-a-s-t.org.uk or text 07814 101551 to reserve a place for supper.

Novelists trade in deception: they create imaginary worlds populated by imaginary characters, and often use techniques – omission, obfuscation, unreliable narrators – that serve to confuse and confound. The next Word Nights event features two novelists whose work explores these themes of truth and lies in very different ways.

Wyl Menmuir’s debut, The Many, was long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. It is the story of a man who moves into an abandoned house on the edge of an isolated coastal fishing village, trying to make a home for himself and his wife. Gradually he enters into an unspoken conflict with the villagers and soon starts to question what has brought him to this place. What emerges is an unsettling tale that explores the impact of loss and the devastation that hits when the foundations on which we rely are swept away.

Alex Wade is a journalist and established non-fiction writer whose debut novel Flack’s Last Shift was published in 2016. Inspired by Alex’s time working as a lawyer on Fleet Street, it tells the story of a night-lawyer and his attempts to bring down the editor of a national newspaper. It reveals the inner workings of the worlds of both the press and the law, two professions seemingly obsessed with our subjective responses to truth. As Flack battles with motivations set deep within his past, Alex explores how the stories we tell ourselves serve to justify the decisions we make in our lives.

Wyl and Alex will be in conversation with Colin Midson, Associate Director of the Port Eliot festival. They will read from their work and discuss the process of getting their books published: from the writing and the struggle to get a publisher interested, to the day of publication.

Word nights is programmed by Colin Midson.