Join us for an evening with two of the most exciting new voices in international fiction. Lize Spit and Thora Hjörleifsdóttir will be discussing their novels alongside their translators, Kristen Gehrman and Meg Matich.
Eva was one of three children born in her small Flemish town in 1988, and growing up she sought refuge in her friendship with Laurens and Pim. But with adolescence comes an awareness of their burgeoning sexuality and the children begin a game that will have serious and violent consequences. Thirteen years later Eva is returning to her village. She has a large block of ice in her car boot and she’s ready to settle the score. Part thriller, part coming-of-age novel, The Melting by Lize Spit is an extraordinary and unsettling debut.
Twenty-year-old Lilja is in love. He is older and beautiful, an intellectual. He is also a serial cheater, gaslighter and narcissist. Lilja will do anything to hold on to him and so she accepts his deceptions and rationalizes his toxic behaviour. In her desperation to be the perfect lover, she finds herself unable to break free from the toxic cycle. In Magma, Thora Hjörleifsdóttir explores the darkest corners of relationships, exposing the undercurrents of violence that often go undetected.
Chaired by Grace Keane, New Writing North
Part of New Dutch Writing, supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature
This pre-recorded event is available to ticket holders to watch on demand until 31 October.
Captions will be provided for this event.