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From Monkfish to Noontide: Writing Through Troubled Times

Romesh Gunesekera Talk

Thursday 6 June 2019, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Romesh Gunesekera

Romesh Gunesekera is internationally acclaimed for writings that explore the key themes of our times — political, environmental, economic — through ‘poised and potent’ stories of wide appeal. Noontide Toll, his most recent book, captures a vital moment in the aftermath of the long war in Sri Lanka and was featured in The New Yorker. The Irish Times said of his path-breaking cricket-inspired novel The Match: it ‘not only shows what fiction can do, it shows why fiction is written — and read.’In addition to eight books of fiction, including the Booker-shortlisted Reef and the dystopian eco-novel Heaven’s Edge, he is also the joint author (with A L Kennedy) of The Writers’ & Artists’ Companion to Novel Writing. He was the chair of judges for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and has also judged many other important prizes including the Caine Prize for African Writing and Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

Born in Sri Lanka, he lives in London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Writers at York offers a lively programme of public readings and workshops, and aims to celebrate and explore the work of emerging and established contemporary writers.

This event is co-organised by Writers of York, YARN (York Asia Research Network) and SCoPe Network 
(Security, Conflict and Peace)

This event is free. Seating is unreserved - arrive early

Location: DN/056 Derwent College

Admission: All Welcome