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Faber Members Welcome Evening: Richard T. Kelly and Joey Connelly in conversation

£5, concessions free. Join us for our exciting inaugural Members Event in The Common Room as part of our Faber Welcome Day, in partnership with Faber Academy. Richard T. Kelly will join Faber Members to delve into his latest novel, The Black Eden, in conversation with Joey Connolly, Director of Faber Academy, discussing in particular why the theme of  friendship informed the structure of this story of  the discovery of oil under the North Sea.

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Location
North East
Date
16.03.2024
Time
7:00 pm
About the Event
Join us for our exciting inaugural Members Event in The Common Room as part of our Faber Welcome Day, in partnership with Faber Academy.

Richard T. Kelly will join Faber Members to delve into his latest novel, The Black Eden, in conversation with Joey Connolly, Director of Faber Academy, discussing in particular why the theme of  friendship informed the structure of this story of  the discovery of oil under the North Sea. The discussion will also feature a Q&A where audience members will be invited to introduce other examples of friendship in literature, towards a wider discussion of the theme.

The Black Eden

The discovery of ‘black gold’ in the North Sea transforms all it touches – including the dreams of five very different individuals.

Aaron Strang and Robbie Vallance are fast friends with a shared passion for diving, whose ambitions are about to take dramatic turns. Meanwhile, Joe Killday and Ally Drummond each aspire to make their fortunes out of petroleum. Mark, though, believes oil can create political change.

But for every wish, there’s a price – and the desires spurred by oil will turn old friends into foes, even putting lives at risk.

‘An engrossing account of this country’s own oil boom and the brave men and women who worked to make it possible.’ Guardian

‘I loved it — this book cares about its characters and, while writing about a careless industry, never has less than a proper artisan’s care for craftsmanship.’ Sunday Times

Faber Members


Faber Members is Faber’s community for readers. Faber Members are welcomed to book tickets for any of the sessions during the Welcome Day. Those who are not yet Members can sign up for free here.

Faber Academy


Faber Academy exists to support writers and their writing. Whether you’re booking a one-day introductory workshop, a six-month advanced course or a professional assessment of your finished manuscript, our focus is always on providing the open, warm, rigorous and constructive environment for you to find the heart of your project and write it with confidence.

Our tutors, mentors and readers are celebrated, professional authors and editors, and our courses are designed with the help of pedagogical experts – but first and foremost, Faber Academy is a place for people who are passionate about writing to work together. Our alumni are a thriving, brilliant community; continuing to share work, lend a supportive ear and cheer each other on long after their courses have finished.

The Common Room


The Common Room is a unique heritage venue in the centre of Newcastle. The building celebrates the region’s engineering history through education and engagement, with a vision to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers.

 

Whatto Expect

Everything you need to know about this Faber Members event:

  • The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome drink and then the event itself will start at 7 p.m. A welcome drink is included in the ticket price.
  • This event is taking place in the Stephenson Room of The Common Room, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE.
  • Signed copies of books will be available to purchase using contactless payment.
  • People eligible for concessionary rates (anyone needing financial assistance to attend) can get free tickets by emailing members@faber.co.uk
About the Author

Richard T. Kelly is the author of the novels Crusaders (2008), The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011), The Knives (2016), and The Black Eden (2023). His other non-fiction works include Alan Clarke (1998), Sean Penn: His Life and Times (2004), and Keegan & Dalglish (2017). Eclipse, his first script for television, aired on Channel 4 in 2010. He is also Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University in Newcastle, where he leads the MA in Publishing.

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A soulful, sweeping novel of five lives transformed forever by the discovery that changed 20th century Britain.