A fully up-to-date listing of where you can meet Granta Books' authors in the coming months.


Patrick Barkham discusses 'Coastlines' at Golden Cap, Dorset

Golden Cap, Golden Cap Estate, Morecombelake, Bridport, Dorset

11/05/2015, 8.00PM - 9.00PM
Philip Marsden, author of 'Rising Ground', in conversation with Daphne Skinnard, Assistant Editor BB
This evening, celebrated travel writer and novelist, editor of The Spectator Book of Travel Writing and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Philip Marsden, in conversation with Daphne Skinnard about his latest book Rising Ground. This magnificent piece of work charts Philip's journey from Land's End to Eastern Europe, examining the physicality of land, the build-up of myths and legends, and why particular areas have the power to create such strong psychological reactions in us.
The Fowey Town Hall, Market Street, Fowey, PL23 1AR

Elizabeth Pisani discusses 'Indonesia Etc.) at the Indonesian Embassy

Indonesian Embassy, 38 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HW

13/05/2015, 6.30PM
Patrick Barkham ‘Ladies, Dukes and Emperors: the magic and mystery of Britain’s rare butterflies
For this event entitled 'Ladies, Dukes and Emperors: the magic and mystery of Britain's rare butterflies' Patrick Barkham draws from his first book 'The Butterfly Isles' where he tells of his journey around the countryside in search of all 59 native species of British butterfly in one summer. Together with a butterfly keeper and a conservationist the talk will take place on site at ZSL London Zoo and include access to Butterfly Paradise. Patrick Barkham is a Natural History Writer for The Guardian and the author of Coastlines, Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles. Chaired by ZSL Zoological director David Field
ZSL London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY

14/05/2015, 4.00PM - 5.00PM
Patrick Barkham discusses 'Coastlines' at the Fowey Festival of Words and Music
From one of the most widely admired of the new generation of nature writers, Guardian journalist Patrick Barkham gives a portrait of the British coastline in his latest book Coastlines - The Story of Our Shore, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Enterprise Neptune, the National Trust's campaign to protect and preserve our coastal heritage. Featuring wonderful accounts of national coastal treasures this beautifully illustrated talk offers fresh perspective on what it means to live in a land that is 'more edge than middle'.
The Fowey Town Hall, South Street, Fowey, PL23 1AR

15/05/2015, 3.00PM - 4.30PM
Elizabeth Pisani discusses 'Indonesia Etc.' at Asia House
Indonesia is probably the biggest nation in the world that most people can't find on a map. One in 13 people on the planet come from Indonesia, and 110 million of them are aged under 25. What's life like for these young people? According to Elizabeth Pisani, whose book Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation considers this question, in the capital Jakarta and the big cities of Java - the most crowded of Indonesia's 13,500 islands - they're addicted to Facebook and enthusiastic users of sexual networking sites such as Tinder, but millions also spend a lot of time in Koran reading classes or protesting against the polluting influence of Lady Gaga. In more distant islands, kids go to schools where most teachers play truant, and people have to drop out of college to pay for ritual sacrifices at their granny's funeral. Pisani first lived in Indonesia when she was a "young person", and she's conducted a stormy love affair with the country ever since. Her book is based on 25 years of intimacy, with all its infatuation and frustration, and was named a best book of 2014 by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, the Financial Times and others. In this talk, she'll pass on some of the contradictions that she found young people wrestling with on her recent 23,000 kilometres journey around Indonesia by boat, bus and motorbike.
Asia House, 63 Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP

19/05/2015, 7.00PM
Masha Gessen will be discussing 'Words Will Break Cement' at the Free Word Centre
In her latest book Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, celebrated Russian-American investigative journalist, author and LGBTQI rights activist Masha Gessen explores the status of dissent in Russia and the far-reaching impact of feminist collective Pussy Riot's 40 second performance in 2012. She is also an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and accused him of promoting a corrupt regime in her book The Man without a Face. Join English PEN for an insight into the state of protest, free speech and human rights from one of the world's leading writers on Russia. Masha Gessen is a journalist who has written for Slate, the New Republic, the New York Times and other publications. She is the author of several books, including Dead Again, Two Babushkas, Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier and The Man Without a Face. Her latest book is Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot published by Granta Books in 2014.
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

21/05/2015, 7.30PM
Patrick Barkham discusses 'Coastlines' at Simply Books
We are excited to welcome Guardian Features Writer Patrick Barkham back to Simply Books for 'Coastlines: The Story Of Our Shore'. Patrick is one of the nation's leading nature writers ('The Butterfly Isles'; 'Badgerlands'). In this new book, published on the 50th anniversary of the National Trust's Enterprise Neptune campaign to protect and preserve our coastal heritage, Patrick gives us a beguiling portrait of the British coastline - told through a series of walks beside the sea, weaving together fascinating tales about every aspect of our coast. Witty, informed, engaging and thoroughly entertaining - this is an evening not to be missed.
Simply Books, 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire, SK7 1BD

22/05/2015, 7.30PM
The Hansens Conversation: Patrick Barkham in conversation with Mike Dilger
Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a National History writer for the Guardian where he has worked for the last 10 years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize. His most recent book, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as "a must read for all Britain's naturalists" and was shortlisted for both the 2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing. His next book, Coastlines, will be published by Granta Books in April 2015, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust's campaign to save the British coast. Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 18.09.11Mike Dilger is a passionate naturalist who has birded, botanized and entomologised in a huge range of countries, accumulating along the way an unparalleled expertise of British and South American wildlife. He briefly held the Guinness World Record for "The Most Snails on the Face in One Minute". At 37, the record was claimed in Covent Garden on the set of The One Show in 2009, before being beaten later that year. At the Rutland Birdfair he beat all other wildlife presenters to become Wild Brain of Britain 2010 and 2011. He was in a team of Celebrity Eggheads, which beat the 'real Eggheads' in 2011 and featured for the University of Nottingham on Celebrity University Challenge in 2013.
The Jubilee Family Centre, Aylsham, Norwich Road, Alysham, NR11 6JG

25/05/2015, 10AM
Göran Rosenberg, author of 'A Brief Stop On The Road From Auschwitz', talks to Philippe Sands
On 2 August 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having survived the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the harrowing slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In his intelligent and deeply moving book, Rosenberg returns to his own childhood in order to tell the story of his father; walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him again. It is also the story of the chasm that soon opens between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.
Wales Stage, Hay Festival, Hay Festival, Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ

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