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TalkAn Evening of Readings from author Max Porter

22 March 2017, 7pm
Cost Free
Suitability Adults

The International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University are pleased to present this special event, featuring Max Porter, winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize.  Max will read from his internationally acclaimed Grief is the Thing with Feathers, before taking part in a Q & A session which will be chaired by Professor Dai Smith CBE (Chair of the Judging Panel for the Prize).

Max won the 2016 prize with his debut book, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, published by Faber & Faber.

Max Porter, the judges felt, takes the common place of grief, the pall of death, the loss of loved ones, the things that we will all experience and transforms the ordinary through an extraordinary feat of imaginative prose, but prose that slips in to poetry and out again. The way it plays with the archetypal figure of Ted Hughes’ Crow is both astonishing and beguiling. It is funny, it is deeply moving and it is a book that the judges are proud to see as the winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, in partnership with Swansea University.”  (Professor Dai Smith on Grief is the Thing With Feathers)

Max Porter is Editorial Director at Granta and Portobello Books. His authors include Han Kang, Eleanor Catton, Rebecca Solnit, Ben Marcus, Sarah Moss and Patrick deWitt. His debut novel Grief is The Thing with Feathers was published in 2015. It won the International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Books Are My Bag Reader's Award. It was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award, The Goldsmith's Prize and The NBCC John Leonard Prize in the USA. It will be translated into 25 languages and is currently being adapted for the stage and screen.     

Professor Dai Smith CBE is a distinguished historian and writer on Welsh arts and culture. As a Broadcaster he has won numerous awards for arts and historical documentaries and from 1992 to 2000 was Head of Programmes at BBC Wales.   He was Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan from 2001 until 2005 and is currently the Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University.   He was Chair of the Arts Council of Wales from 2006 until 2016 and is Series Editor of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Library of Wales for classic works. In 2013, he published a novel Dream On and in 2014 edited definitive anthologies of Welsh short stories, Story I & II, for the Library of Wales. His latest fiction, the novella What I Know I Cannot.

After the event there will be a book signing, and the book will be available to purchase from independent bookseller ‘Cover to Cover’.


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