Join Sally Rooney and Katharine Kilalea for a special evening at Bloomsbury House celebrating the arrival of two vital literary new voices.
One of the most talked-about books of 2017, Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends revolves around a risky ménage-à-quatre in post-crash Dublin. Exploring the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship, it found fans in Lorde, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ali Smith and Colm Tóibín. Rooney won the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Folio Prize and the Desmond Elliot Prize.
Rooney will be in conversation with Katharine Kilalea, debut author of OK, Mr Field, a powerful and strange story of modern architecture, obsession and personal disintegration. Mr Field, a concert pianist, injures his wrist in a train crash and uses his compensation payout to buy a replica of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye. As time passes, Mr Field’s connection to the world unravels, and to other people. With a rare poetic eye, Kilalea is already garnering comparisons to Virginia Woolf. Kilalea’s debut poetry collection, One Eye’d Leigh (Carcanet), was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
This event will be chaired by Sian Cain, Books Site Editor at the Guardian.
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: 23 May 2018
Location: Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DA
Price: £10 / £8