December 8 2013 Latest news:
Emma Knights, Arts Correspondent
Friday, November 1, 2013
Some of the county’s literary names have been cast into the spotlight at the Hostry Festival’s Norfolk Authors in Profile event.
Presented in association with Jarrold, the celebration of the written word today at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry saw four locally-based authors interviewed by writer Keiron Pim about their work.
Among the writers taking part was best-selling novelist and chancellor of the UEA, Rose Tremain, who said it was great to have an event like this bringing together some of the authors living in a such a “writer-rich region.”
Ms Tremain spoke about her novel Merivel - A Man Of His Time in front of the 100-strong audience.
She was joined by Louis de Bernières, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for his novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, who read from his debut poetry collection Imagining Alexandria.
Norwich-based civil servant and magistrate Hilton Pashley talked about his debut children’s novel Gabriel’s Clock, while Andrew Cowan, the director of the UEA’s creative writing programme, spoke about his book Worthless Men.
Afterwards, Ms Tremain said: “I think we had a very good afternoon with a very varied programme because we are all so different.
“We have all got books about to be published or recently published, and there was a great diversity.
“Andrew Cowan was talking about his book, Worthless Men, set in the first world war, Louis de Bernières was reading poetry, and Hilton Pashley was talking about his teen novel full of monsters and scary people. I was talking about my historical novel set in the 17th century.
“There was lots of varied discussion. It was an afternoon of great variety with a very appreciative audience.”
Keiron Pim, a Norwich-based author and journalist, said: “It was a pleasure to speak with all four of these writers while hosting the Norfolk Authors in Profile event, which displayed the range of literary talent at work in the county, from some of the most popular British novelists of the last 20 years through to emerging talent. As one of the organisers of the EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards I never fail to be amazed by the number of writers that call this region home, and this afternoon proved that once again.”