Stapleford Granary

Event description

Sunday 28 April 2019

2.00 pm

£12 / £10 students. Includes tea and coffee.




Join acclaimed author Jill Dawson in conversation with brilliant scholar Dame Gillian Beer. Jill Dawson will read from her new novel, The Language of Birds.


The Language of Birds

Inspired by one of the most sensational unsolved case in British criminal history, that of ‘Lucky’ Lord Lucan, and his audacity in evading police capture, The Language of Birds is a fictional account of the lives of two young nannies in London in the 1970s.  As Mandy edges towards the tragic fate that awaits her, her dear friend Rosemary watches in the wings. Rosemary is an odd girl and has a gift that very few have.  But after all, what could anyone have done to save Mandy? 


About the speakers

Jill Dawson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and anthologist. Her novels include: Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred & Edie, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, The Crime Writer and The Language of Birds. 

Professor Dame Gillian Beer was Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge and was President of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Her most recent book, Alice in Space, was awarded the prestigious Truman Capote Prize.

There will be an opportunity to buy books and get them signed. Cash or cheque only.

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