Each month Spike Island in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas invites a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. Extracts from the texts are available in advance, but prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.
Joanna Walsh, Vertigo
This is a woman as a mother, daughter, wife, spectator, lover, mistress. Observer and commentator. Actor and reactor. As every new woman emerges and every new story is told, each with a sharper, more deadpan, more aching simplicity, the calm surfaces of Joanna Walsh’s Vertigo shatter, pulling us deep into the panic that underlies everyday life.
Joanna Walsh’s haunting and unforgettable stories enact a literal vertigo — the feeling that if I fall I will fall not toward the earth but into space – by probing the spaces between things. Vertigo is an original and breathtaking book. – Chris Kraus
Joanna Walsh, image courtesy And Other Stories