Book Cover Art: Where it comes from and how it works – Kate Macdonald of Handheld Press talks about how they source their book covers, with forays into how book cover art works in different genres, emerging trends and common pitfalls for the cover designer.
10.00 am – 11.00 am £5
That’s Ange! – Angela Carter’s Coming of Age as a Writer in 1960s Bristol – Stephen Hunt, author of ‘Angela Carter’s Provincial Bohemia’, will explore how Carter’s experiences during the 1960s strongly influenced her development as a writer. Steve is a member of Bristol Radical History Group and has written several highly acclaimed pamphlets on Bristol artistic counter-culture celebrities. Angela Carter (1940-1992) was one of the late 20th century’s most acclaimed English novelists.
11.30am – 12.30am £5
Flat Places: What flat landscapes might teach us about connection – Noreen Masud discusses her new memoir-travelogue ‘A Flat Place’ (Hamish Hamilton 2023), exploring how flat landscapes can provide connection for people who might otherwise be emotionally excluded from the contemporary world. Noreen writes creative non-fiction, is a BBC New Generation Thinker and lecturer in the English Department at Bristol University.
1pm – 2pm £10
Traitor King: The scandalous exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – In his top ten Sunday Times Bestseller, author Andrew Lownie draws on hitherto unexplored archives to uncover the dramatic lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, post abdication, revealing a couple obsessed with their status, financially exploiting their position and manipulating the media. Andrew is author of numerous biographies, his joint biography of the Duke and Duchess of York will be published next year.
3pm – 4pm £10
Ten Birds that Changed the World – Stephen Moss tells the fascinating and often surprising stories of birds. For the whole of human history, we have shared our world with birds, hunting and domesticating them for food, fuel and feathers; poisoning, persecuting and demonising them; and celebrating them in our music, art and poetry. Stephen is an author, naturalist and wildlife film- make, and was the original producer of Springwatch. He now lectures at Bath Spa University and lives in Somerset.
4.30pm – 5.30pm £10