Join two of the North East’s most acclaimed writers, Richard T Kelly and Sean O’Brien, as they read from and discuss their new novels.
Richard T Kelly’s The Knives makes riveting drama out of the big political arguments of our time. An ex-soldier from a modest background, Home Secretary David Blaylock has a life story that the public respects. Privately though, he carries pain and remorse. A solitary figure in a high-pressure world, Blaylock is never sure whom he can trust. Constantly in his mind is the danger of an attack on Britain’s streets.
Sean O’Brien’s Once Assembled Here Again offers a dramatic evocation of time, place and a community closing ranks to conceal the truth. Stephen Maxwell has retired from a lifetime spent teaching history at his alma mater. As he writes the official history of Blake’s, a minor public school steeped in military tradition, he also reveals how, 40 years ago, a secret conflict dating from the Second World War re-enacted itself among staff and pupils, when fascism once more made its presence felt, with violent results.
Chaired by Dr James Smith, Durham University
Sunday 9 October,
Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
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