Fiction: Nadifa Mohamed & Alex Wheatle, Guest: Michel Faber

Fiction: Nadifa Mohamed & Alex Wheatle, Guest: Michel Faber

Date(s) - Mon 29th Apr - Sat 4th May, 2019
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

How to Write Worlds that Readers can Inhabit.

What is the key to creating worlds as vivid as Zadie Smith’s London or Chimamanda Adichie’s Lagos? A crucial aspect in writing works of fiction that fully immerse their readers, is the ability to place characters into closely observed and vivid settings, whether familiar or distant. This course will explore techniques to bring to life the textures of different environments, and how to use setting in relation to character development, tone and plot.

Nadifa Mohamed’s first novel, Black Mamba Boy, won the Betty Trask Prize, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, was published in 2013 and won a Somerset Maugham Prize and the Prix Albert Bernard, and was long-listed for The Dylan Thomas Prize and short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She writes regularly for The Guardian and The New York Times, Lithub, Granta, and many other publications.

Critically acclaimed author of ten novels including Brixton Rock, East of Acre LaneThe Dirty South and the winner of the 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Crongton Knights, Alex Wheatle started his career writing lyrics and poems for sound system and spoken work performances in Brixton.

Michel Faber is the author of ten books including the novels The Crimson Petal And The White, Under The Skin and The Book Of Strange New Things, the short story collections Some Rain Must Fall and The Fahrenheit Twins and the poetry collection Undying. His first novel for Young Adults, D (A Tale Of Two Worlds), will be published later this year. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about music.

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