Literary Event: Crime and Writing – Frances Kay and Cathi Unsworth

EVENT POSTPONED: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION AT UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON. DETAILS OF RE-SCHEDULED DATE WILL FOLLOW WHEN WE HAVE THEM.

University of Brighton Faculty of the Arts, Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex. UK
Thursday 24th March 2011 from 6pm – 7pm

By Guy Sangster Adams

Cathi Unsworth Allison McGourty

Cathi Unsworth ©Allison McGourty

Plectrum favourite and contributor, novelist, writer, and editor, Cathi Unsworth, is joining acclaimed children’s playwright and novelist, Frances Kay, for a fascinating and free event which forms part of the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts’ ongoing programme of events featuring leading 21st Century authors. ¬†The evening will include readings, interviews, and an audience Q&A about both writers’ experiences of writing for publications and the challenges of working within the contemporary popular fiction market.

Frances Kay was born in London, but now lives in Ireland, with her husband the musician, Nico Brown, and their two daughters. In both countries she has worked with gypsies, prisoners and children. At the end of January it was announced that her first novel, Micka, has been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize award for Fiction (which is voted for by the public alone), adding to the commercial and critical success that the book has enjoyed since it was published in July 2010. The story revolves around 10 year old Micka and the dangerous game his new classmate, Laurie, draws him into. The Guardian‘s review of the book said, “This pulverising account of two boys and the dire consequences of casual neglect seems familiar, but is superbly articulated [ . . .] The book’s brutality is sickening in places, yet each voice is distinct and matter-of fact, the imagery lucid, spare and uncompromising.”

“A magnificent tapestry of period and place, confirming her status as one of Britain’s most potent writers of noir,” is how Marcel Berlins described Cathi Unsworth’s most recent novel, Bad Penny Blues, in The Times. A quote that is indicative of the critical acclaim that the book, which centres on the ‘Jack The Stripper’ murders which took place in West London in the 1950s, has achieved since it was published in 2009.

Unsworth began her professional writing career when she was only 19 on the legendary weekly music paper, Sounds. Since when she has worked as a writer and editor for many other music, film and arts magazines since, including Bizarre, Melody Maker, Mojo, Uncut, Volume, Deadline, and reviews crime fiction paperbacks for The Guardian. In addition to her novels The Not Knowing (2005) and the ‘punk noir’ The Singer (2007), she also edited and contributed to the award winning short story compendium London Noir (2006). She also regularly takes part in live events including screen talks at The Barbican and spoken word gigs organised by Tight Lip, The Sohemian Society, Ace Stories, and also Plectrum – The Cultural Pick!

Crime and Writing: Frances Kay and Cathi Unsworth
CETLD room, University of Brighton Faculty of the Arts, Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex. UK
Thursday 24th March 2011 from 6pm – 7pm

Tickets: Free, but spaces are limited and must be reserved in advance.
To reserve a ticket email: k.shaw@brighton.ac.uk

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