July is turning into a musical month for Litro. Not only do we have our Music issue, guest edited by Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, but we’re also heading to the Latitude Festival later in the month. Latitude takes place 17-20 July in Henham Park, Suffolk, showcasing a vast range of music, theatre, film, comedy and literature. Tickets are available here.
In partnership with Latitude, Litro will be hosting three exciting and enlightening talks at the Shed of Stories, one of the venues at this year’s festival. Joining us in the shed will be editor-turned-writer Luke Brown in a conversation with his contemporary James Miller; Patrick Flanery – author of the dystopian novel Fallen Land – talking with historian and TV presenter Kate Williams; and finally the novelist, editor, publisher and translator Ben Fergusson in discussion with award winning actor and writer Ian Kelly. Topics discussed will range from the secrets of getting your first book published to the impact of social media on modern fiction.
(NOTE: This is a change from the original programme. Rebecca Swirsky will no longer be appearing at this year’s Latitude Festival.)
We’ll also be reporting live from the festival on some of this year’s most exciting and innovative acts, as Litro goes to Latitude.
Here are the authors we’ll be welcoming onto our stage at the Shed of Stories:
Luke Brown previously worked at Tindal Street publishers for over 10 years as an editor of literary fiction, an experience that informs his debut novel, My Biggest Lie. Luke grew up near Blackpool, Lancashire, and now lives in London.
James Miller is the author of the acclaimed novels Lost Boys (Little, Brown 2008) and Sunshine State (Little, Brown 2010) as well as numerous short stories. His essay ‘Micro-Narratives of the Everyday‘ appeared in Litro #134. He is currently senior lecturer in English literature and Creative Writing at Kingston.
Patrick Flanery was born in California and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a B.F.A. in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts he worked for three years in the film industry before moving to the UK, where he completed a doctorate in Twentieth-Century English Literature at the University of Oxford. He has written for the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Times Literary Supplement. His first novel, Absolution, was published in 2012, and his second, Fallen Land, in 2013.
Kate Williams fell in love with the eighteenth century whilst studying for her BA at the University of Oxford. She has an MA from Queen Mary, University of London and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She is also a lecturer and TV consultant, appearing regularly on BBC and Channel 4 programmes to discuss her work. She lives in London. Her fourth history book, Josephine Bonaparte: Desire, Ambition, Napoleon, was published by Hutchinson to much acclaim in late 2013.
Ben Fergusson is a writer, editor and translator and has worked for ten years as an editor and publisher in the art world. His short fiction has appeared in publications in both the UK and the US and has won and been shortlisted for a range of prizes. From 2009-2010 he edited the literary journal Chroma and since 2013 has been the editor of the short story magazine Oval Short Fiction. His story ‘Ewan without Ruby‘ appeared in Litro #95. His debut novel The Spring of Kasper Meier is released in July 2014, and is our Summer Book Club read.
Ian Kelly is the author of this autumn’s much anticipated Vivienne Westwood memoir, working with and on the subject of the international fashion icon, but he is also an award winning biographer of amongst others the infamous secret memoirist Casanova. He discusses the issue of unpicking the legend of the notorious lover, the lies that biographers and memoirists tell, and the new world of writing about, and with, a living subject.
UPDATE: We’re excited to announce that the Patrick Flanery and Kate Williams event will be chaired by Anita Sethi.
Anita Sethi is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for several national and international newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Sydney Morning Herald, New Statesman, Granta, Harpers Bazaar, Times Literary Supplement and BBC Travel among others. In broadcasting she has appeared as a guest critic and commentator, panellist and presenter on several channels including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service, and ABC Australia. She has been an International Writer in Residence in Melbourne, Australia, has been published in various anthologies and is currently completing a book. She has appeared as a speaker, presenter and chair at several festivals in the UK and around the world and has interviewed authors including Louis de Bernieres, Zadie Smith and Salman Rushdie. Her website is at www.anitasethi.co.uk and she tweets at www.twitter.com/anitasethi