Torquay Library is excited to be hosting novelist and Observer columnist, Nikesh Shukla on 28 February. Editor of the highly regarded essay collection, The Good Immigrant, Nikesh is the author of Coconut Unlimited and Meatspace. His third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny, is due out in April 2018. All Word on Tour events showcase two writers and he will be joined by well-loved Devon funny man, poet, Matt Harvey ‘enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting’.
Word on Tour likes a bit of theatre and, in celebration of the shared space that libraries offer to the community, we invite our audience members to offer a sentence on why libraries matter to them. Written on local postcards, these will tour with us in the Index Box of Audience Words, creating a valuable archive for the future.
Travelling along the coast, Paignton hosts folk musician Jim Causley and novelist Jane Feaver on Wednesday, 14 March. The pair kicked off the Tour back in January at Bideford Library and we’re delighted to showcase them again in South Devon. Jim will play his settings to the work of Cornish poet Charles Causley and Jane will read from her novel, An Inventory of Heaven. Together they will discuss the influence of place on their work and the rural life, offering an intimate and thought-provoking evening.
A fun night is to be had at Brixham Library where Matt Harvey is joined by a fellow performance poet on 21 March. Matt’s gently nuanced and clever observational wit is balanced with the powerhouse of deliciously funny Scottish vitriol and venting that is Elvis McGonagall. Both delight in flipping language on its back and seeing where it lands. This promises to be a wonderfully wordy treat.
The needle points north as the Tour sets off to Barnstaple on 22 March, where Petroc FE College showcases performance poets and multi-talented writers, Byron Vincent and Jonny Fluffypunk, both of whom are also touring their own theatre shows and involved in numerous writing projects.
This will be last of our Devon events before we set sail across the sea to the Scilly Isles. But not before we take Devon writer, Miriam Darlington with us to discuss her latest book, Owl Sense with Bristol writer, bird lover and radio producer, Tim Dee.
Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works says: “Word on Tour is about bringing the region’s writing and performance talent to the door of local communities…..We hope audiences will embrace these fun, celebratory performances.”
Word on Tour is funded by the Arts Council, in collaboration with South West Regional Library Service. Future events will be announced shortly. Follow Literature Works and the hashtag #WordonTour on social media for all the latest updates.