Edward Parnell – Ghostland (Book Launch)
October 16 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Ed Parnell will be known to many of you. An integral part of the Wymondham Words festival as well as the Norwich writing scene, he is the author of one previous novel, The Listeners. Ghostland is his first major work of non-fiction.
In his late thirties, Edward Parnell found himself trapped in the recurring nightmare of a family tragedy. For comfort, he turned to his bookshelves, back to the ghost stories that obsessed him as a boy, and to the writers through the ages who have attempted to confront what comes after death.
In Ghostland, Parnell goes in search of the ‘sequestered places’ of the British Isles, our lonely moors, our moss-covered cemeteries, our stark shores and our folkloric woodlands. He explores how these landscapes conjured and shaped a kaleidoscopic spectrum of literature and cinema, from the ghost stories and weird fiction of M. R. James, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood to the children’s fantasy novels of Alan Garner and Susan Cooper; from W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn and Graham Swift’s Waterland to the archetypal ‘folk horror’ film The Wicker Man…
Ghostland is Parnell’s moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists – and what is haunting him. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.
Join us to hear the ever-affable Ed read from and talk about his new book and pick up some signed first editions…
Doors 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
FREE (if possible, please RSVP below to let us know you’re coming)