With restrictions due to be lifted on 21 June, we shall be cautiously resuming live events at the National Liberal Club with the Best First Novel award dinner on 30 June, and our first Club Lunch in fifteen months at 12:30pm on 15 July, with the novelist Sue Gee. In the meantime, we will continue to provide an engaging programme of online talks and interviews. All these are archived on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, available to watch free of charge at any time.
Just You and the Page, Encounters with Twelve Writers
Novelist Sue Gee encounters twelve renowned authors as she explores the wellspring of creativity and practice which shaped their careers.
Just You and the Page opens in 1971, with the dramatist Michael Wall hammering out his plays on a portable typewriter. It concludes in 2020, when the novelist and academic Josie Barnard is teaching students to compose novels on Instagram. Between them are Booker prize winners; a poet whose life was changed by a profound religious conversion; a translator for whom Pushkin has meant everything; a distinguished environmental journalist; a famous diarist; a nature writer who restored a wood, and a political activist who fled her country and is writing now in exile.
Sue Gee has interviewed twelve distinctively different writers, all old friends, looking at what has shaped them: at struggle, inspiration and dedication to their art. Part memoir, part literary biography, published in extraordinary times, Just You and the Page is above all about resilience.
Dramatist: Michael Wall
Poet: Hilary Davies
Novelists: Penelope Lively, Anna Burns, Charles Palliser, Darragh Martin
Writer in exile: Afra
Environmental journalist: Marek Mayer
Nature writer: Ruth Pavey Multimodal writer: Josie Barnard
Translator: Antony Wood
Diarist: Roy Strong
Sue Gee is a novelist and short story writer. She has published eleven novels, receiving the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for The Hours of the Night (1995) and long-listed for the Orange Prize with The Mysteries of Glass in 2005. Her most recent novel is Trio (2016).
She ran the MA in Creative Writing at Middlesex University from 2000-2008 and was awarded a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at the University of London from 2008-09. Since 2010 she has taught at the Faber Academy and has also worked as a mentor with the Write to Life group at Freedom from Torture. With the novelist Charles Palliser she for many years ran author events at Stoke Newington Bookshop. She contributes to the quarterly journal Slightly Foxed.
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The dinner costs £30, and includes two courses. Because of the need for social distancing, there is a maximum of 30 places, so please book early and inform the club of any dietary requirements.