Archive for March 6th, 2009

From Norway to Nigeria

happylady1Well, another month and another rather wonderful book club meeting! Is it just me or do they just get better and better, what with me and Kelly shocking you all with our strange affection for Sam Marsdyke (there’s a side to me you didn’t see coming..) and welcoming another lovely new member to the fold. Quite a marmite-type reaction to God’s Own Country (isn’t it endlessly interesting what different people make of the same book?) but I think we all agreed that it will be interesting to see what Ross Raisin comes up with next and that is surely a good thing all round.


And I think the next book is a bit of a gear change, though I confess to have only finished the first few chapters and so am unable to pass any judgements just yet. I’ve put up some examples of what other people thought on the “Book” page though, so have a glance if you want an idea of what’s in store.

I suspect that it’s not really my usual thing but it’s always nice to step outside the literary comfort zone every once in a while.


Oh and just a quick reminder for all the new fans of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart that New Writing North’s Festival of African Writing is taking place on the 13th and 14th March. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication, festival highlights include Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, hotly-tipped novelist Brian Chikwava (by the Guardian, no less), the disgustingly talented Helen Oyeyemi (who’s brilliant novel The Icarus Girl was written at only 19!) and Somali exile and winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature Nuruddin Farah. Expect sneaky peaks of new work and learned discussion. I’ll be there if anyone fancies popping along- click on Northern Writers Centre link (right) for details.


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Sunderland Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm at Holmeside Coffee in Sunderland.

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