26th September from 7.30 – 9.30 pm The Square Club, Bristol.
How can fiction recover lost voices?
Alice Jolly’s latest novel, Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile, is written in the voice of a very poor woman in Victorian England. In an era where working-class women’s stories remained a mystery, Alice will discuss how writers can recover the past.
- what does a first person voice bring to a book? And what are its limitations?
- how do you set about recreating a voice which cannot now be heard?
- research and bringing the echoes of other texts into the voice you create.
- do you have a responsibility to be as historically accurate as possible?
- finding the balance between ‘authentic and unusual’ and ‘too difficult to read.’
Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright. Her memoir, ‘Dead Babies and Seaside Towns,’ published in 2015, won the Pen / Ackerley Prize. One of her short stories won the 2014 V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, awarded by The Royal Society of Literature.
She has also published two novels with Simon and Schuster and four of her plays have been produced by the professional company of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. She teaches creative writing on the Mst at Oxford University and her fourth novel ‘Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile’ will be published by Unbound in June 2018.
Reading extracts from novels at this event are
Pauline Sewards, reading from Fabric, a narrative based on family history and the process of discovering forgotten stories. Pauline’s first poetry collection ‘This is the Band’ was published by Hearing Eye press in 2018.
Frances Liardet will read from her second novel, We Must Be Brave. It will be published in February 2019 in the US and the UK. The key events take place during the Second World War, but the repercussions outlast the 20th century. The Game, her first novel won a Betty Trask award.
Rebecca Ruth Gould will read from her historical-fiction-in-progress, “Josiah Tucker’s Liberation.” This piece narrates the life of an actual historical figure, the late 18th-century political thinker Josiah Tucker, who spent several decades as rector of St. Stephen’s Church, and who wrote on many topics, including opposing slavery. Rebecca is the author of the award-winning book Writers and Rebels, the translator of The Prose of the Mountains (2015) and After Tomorrow the Days Disappear (2016), from Georgian and Persian respectively. She teaches world literature at the University of Birmingham.