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Francis Spufford

  • Town Hall Aylsham NR11 6EL (map)

It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome to our Aylsham event series the highly esteemed writer Francis Spufford. A writer of extraordinary range and depth, his works of non-fiction have won several major prizes and his debut novel Golden Hill, published last year, won the Costa best first novel award. He will be joining us to mark the publication of his first volume of essays - don't miss this rare chance to listen to a writer of such excellence talking about his work.

True Stories and Other essays

Francis Spufford’s welcome first volume of collected essays gathers an array of his compelling writings from the 1990s to the present. He makes use of a variety of encounters with particular places, writers or books to address deeper questions relating to the complicated relationship between story-telling and truth-telling. How must a nonfiction writer imagine facts, vivifying them to bring them to life? How must a novelist create a dependable world of story, within which facts are, in fact, imaginary? And how does a religious faith felt strongly to be true, but not provably so, draw on both kinds of writerly imagination?

Ranging freely across topics as diverse as the medieval legends of Cockaigne, the Christian apologetics of C. S. Lewis, and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, Spufford provides both fresh observations and thought-provoking insights. No less does he inspire an irresistible urge to turn the page and read on.

October 12th - 6.30pm doors - 7.00pm talk

Tickets are £6 from The Book Hive, by phone on 01603219268 or in our online shop here.

Earlier Event: September 29
Patrick Barkham
Later Event: November 7
Alex Langlands