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Rhidian Brook & Tor Udall
8pm Wednesday 15 May 2019
OSO Arts Centre, Barnes Green

Two authors come together to discuss being an author and the challenges of getting published. Rhidian Brook is a former copywriter who turned to writing when a post viral condition meant he could not return to work. After success as a short story writer Rhidian published a novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, which went on to win three awards, including the prestigious 1997 Somerset Maugham award. He has since written three more novels, written for television and is a regular contributor to Thought for the Day. The film of Brook’s novel The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård comes out in 2019.

Brook’s fourth novel, The Killing of Butterfly Joe is set in the United States. Llew Jones wanted to see the States and write about the experience. Then he met Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman as charismatic as he was infuriating, and they were soon hurtling across 1980s America together, caught up in an adventure that got way, way out of control. Part existential road trip, part neo-Gothic thriller, part morality tale, The Killing of Butterfly Joe is a dazzling and propulsive novel full of characters you’ll never forget.

After studying theatre and film, Tor co-founded a dance-theatre company and spent most of her twenties directing, writing and performing. She taught drama for several years and choreographed an opera for The Royal College of Music. A Thousand Paper Birds is her first novel and was longlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2018. Set in Kew Gardens, it is a story of love, loss, origami and the healing power of nature. Expect a few paper birds and a song by David Bowie. Those of us who live in South West London will enjoy this homage to one of our favourite places.