Writing About Art

Writing About Art: Readers’ Day at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, Saturday 25th April 10.30am to 4.00pm
Literary event organized by the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

The Writing About Art: Readers’ Day is an opportunity to meet your favourite authors and like-minded readers. Hear about their most recent novels and to share your response to their work. Meet three inspiring writers, Esther Freud, Patrick Gale and Michèle Roberts to discuss the relationship between visual art and literature.

Esther Freud’s first novel Hideous Kinky, was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize before being made into a film. Her eighth book, Mr Mac and Me, is set in 1914 in a quiet Suffolk village. This compelling story paints a vivid portrait of a home front community during the First World War, and of Charles Rennie Macintosh, one of the most brilliant artists of his generation.

Patrick Gale’s Richard and Judy bestseller Notes from an Exhibition, explored the complex emotional and artistic legacy of a Cornish artist. A Place Called Winter, which will be published in March 2015, is a journey of self-discovery about Harry who, forced to abandon his wife and child, moves to the newly colonised Canadian prairies.

Michèle Roberts is the author of twelve highly-acclaimed novels, including Daughters of the House which won the WH Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her latest book Ignorance explores the lives of two girls who grow up in a French village before and during the Second World War. Her cast of characters includes a reclusive artist who paints sensual, red canvases.

The Readers’ Day will be hosted by the authors of the new Mercer Art Gallery publication Writing About Art Lara Goodband and John Wedgwood Clarke. Lara Goodband is an Independent Art Curator and John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull. The Day includes a visit to the Mercer Art Gallery to see the new exhibition, Sarah Pickstone: The Rehearsal.

£25 for the full day including all refreshments.
Advance booking by phone on 01423 556188, by email at museums@harrogate.gov.uk or in person at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.

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So, take this chance to get to know your favourite authors.

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