Word Online presents a reading by award winning novelist Patrick Gale and a Q&A from North Somerset Libraries

  • Online
  • June 24
  • 18:00 - 19:00
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Word Online, a virtual tour of diverse voices in South West libraries, makes its sixth stop via North Somerset Libraries.

We’re delighted to be hosting award winning novelist and screenwriter Patrick Gale. Patrick will be in conversation with North Somerset Libraries and will be reading from his forthcoming novel Mother’s Boy, due for publication on 31st March 2022. There will also be time for questions from the audience.

This event will be live-streamed on Crowdcast, ‘save your seat’ here.


Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He studied at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. In 1988 he moved to Cornwall where he lives with his husband, the farmer and sculptor, Aidan Hicks, on their farm at Land’s End. He is a keen cellist, gardener and artistic director of the North Cornwall Book Festival.

In addition to his latest, Take Nothing With You, which was his fourth Sunday Times bestseller, his novels include Little Bits of Baby (1989), The Cat Sanctuary (1990), The Facts of Life(1995),Tree Surgery for Beginners(1998), Rough Music (2000), A Sweet Obscurity(2003), Friendly FireNotes From an Exhibition (2007), The Whole Day Through(2009),A Perfectly Good Man (2012) and A Place Called Winter(2015). There are also two collections of short stories, Dangerous Pleasures (1996) and Gentleman’s Relish (2009). His next novel, Mother’s Boy, about Charles Causley and his mother, will be published on 31st March 2022.

In 2017 his Man in an Orange Shirt was screened by BBC2 as part of the Gay Britannia season, which also featured the documentary All Families Have Secrets – the Narrative Art of Patrick Gale. Continuing to be broadcast regularly around the world, it won an International Emmy for best miniseries. He is currently working on a novel about the Cornish poet, Charles Causley and his mother, and writing the scripts for a musical version of Man in an Orange Shirt and a television adaptation of A Place Called Winter.

Photo: Markus Bidaux