There is a lot more to France than most people ever see. You just need to know how to look. Travel writer Nick Inman, author of A Guide to Mystical France, reveals the signs pointing to a parallel world. Come and meet Nick on Thursday 24 August 2017 at the Charroux Literary Festival.
When Wren’s numbers come up in the first ever national lottery draw, she doesn’t tell her husband, Rob. Instead she quietly packs her bags, kisses her six-month-old daughter Phoebe goodbye, and leaves. Two decades later, Rob has moved on and found happiness with their oldest friend, Laura. Phoebe, now a young woman, has never known any other life. But when Rob receives a mysterious letter, the past comes back to haunt them all.
Moving between the majestic coastline of North Cornwall and the leafy suburbs of London, Flight is a story of secrets and lies – and of the indelible traces that are left behind when someone tries to disappear.
Book for the talk by Isabel Ashdown on Friday 28 August at 11.30
‘A compulsive read … Flight has great clarity and meaning’ –newbooks magazine, 5 star review
Come and meet Barry on Thursday 27th August at Charroux, when he will be talking about how he came late to writing. His first novel, The Pimlico Kid – a story of first love – was published in July 2013 by HarperCollins, for whom he is currently writing a second novel, Love Me Do. He told us he has now given up all ‘suited’ work to write full time – well, a lot of the time.
Barry was born and grew up in central London and went to school in the East End. After dropping out of university, he worked at the Mermaid Theatre where a very tolerant Lord Miles allowed him to work in publicity. Later, he left to live in Greece where he’d planned, among other things, to write a novel. He didn’t. He subsequently spent a career in corporate communications.
When not writing, Barry enjoys the theatre, reading, watching Arsenal, being in France, listening to classical music and Neil Young, as well as occasionally gazing at Audrey Hepburn’s face.
Barry est scolarisé à Londres, où il était né. Après l’université il a travaillé au ‘Mermaid Theatre.’
Jusqu’au son depart pour la Grèce d’où il a pensé d’écrire un roman, lequl était inachevé.
ll est donc venu tard à l’écriture. Son premier roman,The Pimlico Kid – une histoire des premières amours – était édité en juillet 2013 par HarperCollins, pour qui il écrit actuellement un deuxième roman, Love me Do.
Delighted to announce that Katherine will be reading from her new collection (to be published in 2015) at the festival. An Australian poet, resident in London, her previous collection was Carnival Edge: New and Selected Poems, published by Arc Publications Ltd http://www.arcpublications.co.uk
To find out more about Katherine visit www.katherine-gallagher.com
The Charroux Office de Tourisme has been just amazing in their level of support for the festival. Thanks to them we have a venue, which we hope to be able to announce soon. In the meantime you can plan your visit to this area by taking a look at www.charroux.fr
Author Susie Kelly has agreed to be the Patron of the Charroux Literary Festival which will take place for the first time in the beautiful medieval town of Charroux in the Vienne region of South West France on the 27,28,29 August 2015. Speaking from her home in the Vienne Susie said ‘I am delighted to be the Patron of the Charroux Literary Festival. Living in the area, and writing about it has provided me with a close connection to the place, the people and the culture. Whether your interest lie in fiction, poetry, history or even song writing, we hope you will find something of interest at this delightful festival in a stunning corner of France.’
Paul Sally, President of the Charroux Tourist Office comments: ‘We are very pleased that Susie Kelly has agreed to be the Patron of the first bi-lingual Literary Festival in Charroux, it builds on our joint heritage of art, music and literature.’
The festival will bring together French and English speaking authors and writers. A full programme of events and speakers will be published in the spring of 2015.