Thursday 11 October • Waterstones, Castle Street, Norwich • 6.30 p.m.
Chair: Sam Jordison is co-director of Galley Beggar Press (contemporary, experimental) in Norwich and hosts an online reading group for the Guardian. Galley Beggar’s first breakout success was debut novel A Girl is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.
Essex-born Alex Pheby teaches at the University of Greenwich. Alex’s second novel, Playthings, published by Galley Beggar Press in 2015, was shortlisted for the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize.
Book focus: Lucia, (June 2018), is a rare portrait of the troubled life of James Joyce’s only daughter who was schizophrenic.
Paul Stanbridge has worked as a pensions administrator, bookseller, receptionist, waiter, archival catalogue editor, chef, barman, ministerial drafter, learning mentor and builder.
Book focus: Forbidden Line, (2016), his first award-winning novel, is a gleeful fusion of Don Quixote and the Peasant’s Revolt.
Paul Ewen is a New Zealand writer based in South London. Paul’s first novel, Francis Plug: How to be a Public Author, (2014), and won a Society of Authors McKitterick Prize.
Book focus: Francis Plug: Writer In Residence, (September 2018), follows the further hilarious mishaps of loveable misfit, Francis Plug. “One thinks of Goethe, one thinks of Shelley: one thinks of Plug. He is a force of nature, he is sage, bard and prophet.” – Hilary Mantel