It's the FINAL UEA Live of the year! Come celebrate with us at our old haunt, Dragon Hall!
The Bad News: Our original headliner, Sarah Perry, has had to cancel due to illness... and we are gutted that she won't be with us, as we know some of you will be.
The Good News: We have Leo Hunt, author
of the thrilling, supernatural, YA trilogy, Thirteen Days of Midnight, and graduate of the UEA American Literature and Creative Writing BA, performing in her place.
"When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father's ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they're more than happy to take his son. It isn't fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead."
"The frequent dark humour of Luke's narration is balanced by moments of true suspense and satisfyingly complex relationships between Luke and his parents, Elza, the Host, and even his dog."
-The Horn Book
Thirteen Days of Midnight was nominated for the Branford Boase Award and shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's award, both in 2016.
Also featuring our special faculty guest reader Andrew Cowan:
Andrew is a graduate of both the BA in English and American Studies and the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. He was the UEA Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow and, until recently, the university's Director of Creative Writing. He is a Professor of Creative Writing and teaches at all levels of the programme.
His first novel, "Pig", won a Betty Trask Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award, and was shortlisted for five other literary awards. "What I Know" was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award, and his most recent novel, "Worthless Men", was shortlisted for the EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards.
'A wonderful and moving book, wholly original in its treatment of the war's bleak surrealism. I was completely transported. It's sensuous and funny and somehow manages never to be moralising' - Tessa Hadley
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that moody, morbid, teenage horror/thriller fan in your life? Or how about for the historical fiction/war novel enthusiast? Copies of these authors books will be available to buy on the night, via the The Book Hive
And as usual we will be featuring a host of readings from our talented BA, MA and PhD Creative Writing students:
As always, doors open at 6:30 and the event starts at 7pm. Free entrance, all welcome and no tickets needed.
The Pig and Whistle will be providing a bar and post event music from 9-11pm.
Wear your festive best! Drink cocktails! Eat mince pies! Talk about books, and make merry!