Sarah Hall at York Literature Festival
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York Literature Festival 2022 will launch with the acclaimed author, Sarah Hall, who will be in conversation with Professor Abi Curtis, from York St John University, about her work and her latest novel Burntcoat.
Sarah Hall is one of Britain’s leading contemporary writers. Twice nominated for the Booker Prize, she is the award-winning author of six novels and three short-story collections, including Sudden Traveller, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. She is the only author to have been shortlisted four times for the BBC National Short Story Award and to have won it twice, in 2013 and 2020.
Sarah Hall’s latest novel is Burntcoat, published in October 2021:
‘You were the last one here, before I closed the door of Burntcoat. Before we all closed our doors.’
In the bedroom above her immense studio at Burntcoat, the celebrated sculptor Edith Harkness is making her final preparations. The symptoms are well known: her life will draw to an end in the coming days. Downstairs, the studio is a crucible glowing with memories and desire. It was here, when the first lockdown came, that she brought Halit. The lover she barely knew. A presence from another culture. A doorway into a new and feverish world.
This York Literature Festival event is being held at the York St John University Creative Centre.
Image credit – Richard Thwaites