Caught By The River Presents: Fiction

Saturday 6th July (daytime)
Caught By The River Presents: Fiction
£8/£10 [+10% booking fee]
Doors open 11am



Caught by the River’s first full day of fiction features Gordon Burn Prize nominees Wendy Erskine and David Keenan; Jessica Andrews, Helen Mort, Anna Wood and Emma Warren

Fiction features a combination of up-and-coming and established writers, reflecting the abundant experimental, original and highly exciting new novels and short stories of the moment.

Among the line-up:

  • Wendy Erskine – discussing and reading from her debut short story collection Sweet Home, which features ten drily humorous stories set in her native Belfast and has just been nominated for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019. Originally published by Stinging Fly Press in 2018, Sweet Home will be reprinted by Picador in June. Wendy appears in conversation with author David Keenan.
  • Jessica Andrews – reading from her just-published London-and-Donegal-set debut novel Saltwater (Sceptre), a coming-of-age story about a Sunderland born student heading for London. Jessica will be in discussion with journalist and short story writer Anna Wood.
  • David Keenan – presenting his recent Troubles/punk rock/Perry Como-laced second novel, For the Good Times, just longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019. David will also be in conversation with writer and broadcaster Emma Warren, author of the recently-published Make Some Space: Tuning Into Total Refreshment Centre. Emma will be on MC duties throughout.
  • Helen Mort – reading from and discussing her debut novel, Black Car Burning (Caught by the River Book of the Month for April 2019) with Wendy Erskine. When reviewing Black Car Burning for Caught by the River, Erskine said: ‘[in this] layered and watchful novel, the stuff of people’s lives – trivial, quotidian, messy, painful – is rendered with imaginative precision and poise’
  • Anna Wood, recent winner of the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize, with a selection of her published and unpublished stories.

Caught by the River Co-founder, Jeff Barrett said, “Caught by the River exists to spread the word about absorbing and curious things and people and our Fiction event will do just that.  We are thrilled to be staging our first full day of fiction with such a seriously strong line-up, which now boasts two Gordon Burn Prize nominees.”

Suspended tickets

We’d hate for our events to be exclusive. Taking the lead from the fantastic folk at Violette Records, we have decided to introduce a ‘Suspended’ ticket option to our upcoming events at Hebden Bridge Trades Club. In short, it’s a gift from you to a stranger; you buy one, and someone who otherwise couldn’t afford the ticket can claim it, no questions asked. You can read more about the motivation behind the idea here. If you would like to claim a suspended ticket, contact [email protected].


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