ARTS: The Big Read arrives at the University of Brighton, Monday 30th November

Interested in pursuing a career in publishing or writing? No?! Even if you are simply an advocate for the joie de livre (see what I did there?) this is an event for you! 

On Monday 30th November at 6pm, author Linda Grant will be dropping in at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Grand Parade to give us a small insight into her intellectually astounding mind in the form of a talk about her novel, The Clothes on Their Backs. She will also be signing books as part of the Big Read event.

Linda Grant is a worldly woman with a wealth of knowledge, born in Liverpool to Russian and Polish Jewish parents, her cultural background is something that heavily influences her writing. To date, Grant has published five novels and three non-fiction books, for which she received countless accolades, including the David Higham First Novel Award for The Cast Iron Shore (1996), the Orange Prize for Fiction for, When I Lived in Modern Times (2000) as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Clothes on Their Backs (2008). However, the talented author’s expertise extends beyond novel writing. Grant has held positions at journalistic publications including The Guardian, where she was a feature writer from 1995-2000.


The focus novel, The Clothes on Their Backs, was described as “an enchanting portrait of a woman who, having endured unbearable loss, finds solace in the family secrets her estranged uncle reveals” in a review for Goodreads, which additionally commends Grants ability in constructing “a powerful story of family, love, and the hold the past has on the present”.

Feeling enthused but (as a poor, lowly student) you feel you cannot afford anything other than booze?

You’re in luck because: … The event is FREE!

Moreover, by booking your place here, you will automatically be entered into a draw to win dinner with Linda Grant which will take place straight after the event, at The Ginger Dog in Brighton!

What are you waiting for? Book a place now!

The Verse Staff

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