Anthology Extended 22-24 March 2019

This year The Suffolk Anthology bookshop marks four happy years of providing Cheltenham with good stories, stimulating poetry and interesting literary events. How better to celebrate than to break out from the confines of the bookshop and extend our love for literature and all things book-related?! We present to you Anthology Extended. A curated weekend of literature, poetry, history, theatre and everything in between.
Please join us for Anthology Extended at historic Parmoor House this Spring. Come for one event or all. Let the celebration begin!

Venue: Parmoor House, 13 Lypiatt Terrace, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SX
Tickets: Go on sale on Friday 25th January 2019 at 10am; we will be selling a limited number of weekend tickets (which will include entry to the events indicated below) for £50, on a first come first served basis. Tickets are also available for individual events, all from The Suffolk Anthology, 17 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham GL50 2AE tel: 01242 361362

Programme: (can also be downloaded here: Anthology Extended 2019)

Friday 22nd March

AE01 3pm – 4pm

Adrian Barlow – The stained glass of Charles Eamer Kempe (1837-1907). Adrian has written two books (Kempe: the life, art and legacy of Charles Eamer Kempe and Espying Heaven: The stained glass of Charles Eamer Kempe and his artists). He will be introduced by Neela Mann.

Included in weekend ticket. Otherwise tickets £8, (students £5)

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AE02 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Emma Hammond will be interviewing Tim Pears about The West Country trilogy. Literary critics have applauded Tim Pears’ extraordinary feat of storytelling and drawn comparisons with Thomas Hardy’s pastoral novels. The novels elegantly transport readers from agricultural life of Edwardian England through the strange and brave new world that followed the First World War.

Included in weekend ticket. Otherwise tickets £8, (students £5)

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AE04 7.30pm – 9.30pm

David Clarke, winner of the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2013 and longlisted for the Polari Prize in 2016, returns with a second collection of poems, The Europeans. Timely, wry and close-to-home, these poems explore journeys, ideas of nationhood, difficult histories and the optimism of a time and when Europe and Britain enjoyed a quite different entente cordiale.
This free event will feature a guest reading by David’s fellow Nine Arches poet, Angela France, a reading by David from The Europeans, and an opportunity to ask him questions about the book. The event will be followed by a wine reception.

Free event, but please book a place

 

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Saturday 23rd March

AE05 10am – 12noon

Suzannah Evans’ debut collection Near Future (Nine Arches Press)is doom-pop-poetry with an apocalyptic edge, a darkly humorous journey through sci-fi lullabies and northern mysteries. Join poet David Clarke to discuss Near Future in a friendly atmosphere. Suzannah Evans has agreed to join us via video link for part of the session so that participants can ask her questions about her work.

Tickets £12, to include a copy of the book. Participants are asked to read the book before attending the event.

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AE06 10.30am – 12noon

Local novelist Elisa Lodato will be joining us for a book club event on An Unremarkable Body, shortlisted for the Costa first novel award 2018.
“…a debut novel that shows notable promise…In her pleasingly distinct debut novel Elisa Lodato sets out to tell the story of a middle-aged woman’s life through her autopsy report” The Independent

Included in weekend ticket. Otherwise tickets (including a copy of the book) £12

Tickets without a copy of the book £8, (students £5)
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AE07  2pm – 3pm

Women and War – Neela Mann will discuss with authors AJ Pearce (Dear Mrs Bird) and Kate Riordan (The Stranger) how they came to choose wartime settings for their novels about women, friendship and love.

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AE08 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Translation as Collaboration: Behind the scenes with three literary translators

A taste of some new books in translation and a glimpse at the global publishing world, as we follow Nashwa Gowanlock (translator of Arabic), Jessica West (translator of German) and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (German and Arabic) on a literary world tour of translated fiction, history and nature writing.

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AE09 5pm – 6pm

We are thrilled to welcome back author Sarah Moss, to be interviewed by Emma Hammond about her recent novel Ghost Wall (Granta). Teenage Sylvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. In this striking novel, the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.
“Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant…” The Guardian

Included in weekend ticket. Otherwise tickets £8, (students £5)
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AE10 7.30pm – 9.30pm

The ABC Quiz – join us for a quiz on all things – well, some things – arts, books and culture, led by quizmaster Dom Hewett (who once met Jeremy Paxman). Teams of up to six, but don’t worry if you don’t have a team, we’ll find you one!

Tickets £7.50, to include a glass of wine and nibbles

 

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Sunday 24th March

AE11 10.30am – 1.15pm

Literary Walk and Lecture – we will meet at Parmoor House at 10.30am, and David Elder & Neela Mann will lead a 90 minute walk visiting little-known facts about well-known places. After coffee at 12 noon back at Parmoor House, David and Neela will give a talk about Cheltenham’s secret past.

Included in weekend ticket. Otherwise tickets £8, (students £5)

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AE12 2pm – 3pm

Oxford-based historian and writer Violet Moller will be interviewed by Classicist from the University of Bristol Shelley Hales about her new book The Map of Knowledge. Subtitled “How classical ideas were lost and found: a history in seven cities”, Violet’s book traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity – Euclid, Galen and Ptolemy – through seven cities and over a thousand years.

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AE13 3.30pm – 4.30pm

CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger winner Andrew Taylor will be talking about The King’s Evil, the third book in his Marwood-Lovett series, which is due to be published in April. Set in London during the reign of King Charles II, this is historical fiction at its very best.

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AE14 5pm – 6pm

Jane Austen & The Cheltonians
Presented in association with Natura Contemporary Theatre, we close our festival weekend with a new play by Caroline Summerfield (Terence Rattigan Playwright Award Finalist), starring Abigail Halley (‘Random Acts’ – Channel 4) and Lynn Thomas (‘Doctors’ – BBC TV).
In May 1816 Jane Austen came to Cheltenham, and whilst residing here was inspired to write another novel. The lost manuscript was discovered, on 1st April 2018, in the attic of The Suffolk Anthology, and The Cheltonians, Jane Austen’s lost masterpiece, now receives its world premiere in a dramatised reading with literary additions by Caroline Summerfield.

Tickets £12