Archive for the ‘Readings’ Category

John at Authors North

A much belated (apologies) mention of John’s talk to Society of Authors Northern members, who met in Carlisle at the end of July for one of their regular socials. John talked with Clare Sambrook, author of Hide and Seek. Clare Dudman has a nice write-up (and a couple of shaky photos) of the event on her blog, Keeper of the Snails. Thanks to Clare and colleagues for organising the event.


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Flat Lake Festival

On June 4th-5th in 2011 John Murray will be performing at The Flat Lake Festival, Clones, Co Monaghan, Ireland. The brainchild of novelist Patrick McCabe and Kevin Allen, it has live music and all sorts of performance events including literary ones. 2010 featured Shane Macgowan of The Pogues and novelist Anne Enright. 2011 so far has John Banville, Joe Queenan… and John Murray lined up.

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Society of Authors event

John Murray has been invited to be a guest speaker at the Society of Authors ‘Authors North’ summer meeting on Tuesday 20th July. The event takes place at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, 11.30am-4.00pm and John will be the morning speaker, with Penrith-based novelist Clare Sambrook giving a talk in the afternoon. The two Cumbrian authors are free to talk about whatever they like, but it has been suggested that John’s years as founder-editor of the legendary Panurge fiction magazine, which he co-edited with David Almond from 1984-1996, might be of particular interest.

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Liz and Joe in the Literary Review

The Legend of Liz and Joe has been reviewed by Simon Baker in the current issue of the Literary Review. Baker writes: ‘Murray’s work shows that sometimes the biggest truths in fiction come from the shapeliest lies of all: few works of tough realism this year will have defined what being human means more adroitly than this cock-and-bull tale’. There isn’t an online version of the review, but you can get a copy in all good bookshops, or subscribe here.

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After a busy series of readings in Lancaster, Cockermouth and Lancaster again, John has been invited to appear at next spring’s Words by the Water festival in Keswick, Cumbria. The full programme will be available sometime next month, but if you’re planning ahead, why not start thinking about a literary weekend break in the Lake District? John will be there on Monday 8th March.

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More reading dates added

John has added two new dates to his reading schedule for the autumn. He’ll be appearing with DJ Taylor at Litfest in Lancaster on 20th October, and reading and discussing his work at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on 7th November. See the Readings page for full details.

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