Patrick Gale and Eve McBride
Swindon Festival of Literature
Wed 6 May
PATRICK GALE and EVE McBRIDE – finding truths in fiction.
Can writing fiction help us find truth? How can we best explore what happens in life? Where do facts end and stories begin? What do we discover when we look back at events in our lives?
In his latest book, A Place Called Winter, best-selling novelist Patrick Gale bases his story on true events that happened in his own family history, taking his main character from the golden suburbs of Edwardian England to the newly-colonised Canadian prairies, and a struggle for survival.
In her novel, No Worst, There is None, Canadian writer and broadcaster Eve McBride fictionalises a true event of the mid-eighties, an infamous and dreadful crime committed against a young woman. Her book includes an exploration of grieving, the nuances of psychopathology, and the uncanny ability of dogs to transform human suffering.
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