Surrey New Writers Festival: Book Club

Join us during the Surrey New Writers Festival for the first meeting of the new Surrey Book Club! The Club will post regularly on this blog and function as a sort of virtual reading guide/community for anyone interested in reading along with us. We’ll cover a wide range of engaging literature; we might choose an eighteenth-century epistolary novel one month and then a contemporary experimental poetry collection the next. The Club will usually function as a virtual group, but from time to time we’ll host events, such as the ‘Lunch with Liam Bell’ event at the Surrey New Writers Festival, where we’ll have the opportunity to meet Liam and discuss his debut novel So It Is (Myriad Editions).

Liam Bell is one of the University of Surrey’s talented Creative Writing PhD graduates. The Guardian says of So It Is: ‘Shades of Brian Moore’s Lies of Silence abound in this no-holds-barred debut about an Irish republican paramilitary who becomes first hunter, then hunted…Bell resists clichés and stretches the tension out to a bitterly abrupt end in which there are no winners.’ A set of book club questions for  So It Is can be found on the Surrey New Writers Festival website.

The ‘Lunch with Liam Bell’ session* takes place Saturday, March 16th, 12.45-1.45pm, at Abbot’s Hospital, Guildford High Street. You can purchase tickets from the University box office, or on the door. Also, take a look at the rest of the exciting Festival schedule; all events are open to the public. Hope to see you on the 16th!

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*note: coffee, tea, biscuits, and light refreshments will be available at this session and throughout the Saturday programme, but please bring your own lunch.