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. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and wonderful books.
Pearl doesn’t know how she’s ended up in the river – the same messy, cacophonous river in the same rain-soaked valley she’d been stuck in for years. Ada, Pearl’s daughter, doesn’t know how she’s ended up back in the house she left thirteen years ago – with no heating apart from a fire she can’t light, no way of getting around apart from an old car she’s scared to drive, and no company apart from echoing footsteps on the damp floorboards.
Lucy Wood has been awarded the Holyer an Gof Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. Her first publication Diving Belles and Other Stories was long listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. Lucy Wood has a master’s degree in creative writing from Exeter University. She grew up in Cornwall and lives in Devon.
Wood’s imagination is extraordinary; she has an instinct for the inner meanings of myths that echoes the great Angela Carter. Superb. – The Times
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