Described as “a novelist in the great English tradition of moral seriousness” by the Washington Post, Salley has been one of the biggest names in modern English Literature since the publication of her first novel Miss Garnet’s Angel in 2000, which was described as a ‘word-of-mouth bestseller’. Her novels show an acute awareness of human nature and invite us to side with the onlooker who becomes involved in the story. Her latest collection of short stories, The Boy Who Could See Death, will be published in April.
Salley has also been a regular contributor to The Reader magazine, in Issue 39 with Epiphany, her short story on the topic of mortality, Issue 54 with an essay on ‘Why Poetry Matters’ and Issue 55.
Now residing in London, Salley returns to her birth city of Liverpool for what promises to be an insightful and inspiring talk in a historic series, sponsored by The Reader Organisation.
This year’s Lent Talks take on a new format: speakers talk for 45 minutes (most will also look for questions and contributions from the audience), with audience members invited to stay for refreshments for 45 minutes afterwards to meet the speaker and each other.
Because the talks are a gift to the City, there is no charge and no need to book. You may have to come early to guarantee a good seat but everyone is welcome.
Back issues of The Reader 39, 54 and 55, in which Salley is featured, will also be available for free on the night.
For further information, see the Diocese of Liverpool website.