5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 30th Oct 2018

5x15 Fright Night - Curated by Sarah Perry

An evening of Halloween tales

Conway Hall - 7:00pm

Sarah Daramy-Williams

Sarah Daramy-Williams

Sarah began her journey as a violinist at the age of 10, successfully achieving her Grade 8 with distinction a few years later. She won the Edith Hemingway Memorial Award for the best young musician living in the North West of England, receiving £1000 towards the purchase of a violin in 2010. Her love and enthusiasm for music led her to Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester), where she studied there for her A levels. Kristoffer Dolatko and Yumi Sasaki propelled her forward in securing a place at the Royal College of Music (RCM). At the RCM she has played with many chamber groups, not to mention the RCM Philharmonic, Opera and Symphony orchestras.

Sarah is proud to be a member of the Chineke! Orchestra, the first and only majority-BME professional orchestra in Europe, and performed in its critically acclaimed debut in Queen Elizabeth Hall, 2015. She is strongly inspired by its mission to ‘champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music’ and is committed to being a part of this in the future.

Sarah is currently undertaking her Masters Degree in the Netherlands (Rotterdam) at Codarts University for the Arts. Her first year at Codarts has included playing with the Rotterdam Sinfonia, leading the Nieuwe Mannheim Orkest (March 2018) and representing Codarts both at the Zoom! Festival (with the Ruysdael Quartet) and in Hungary, collaborating with Liszt Academy (commemorating the birthday of minimalist composer Louis Andriessen). She will play again with Rotterdam Sinfonia in October.

Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award and has also been adapted for the stage. His poetry collection,The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His debut collection of short stories, published in 2016 to much acclaim, is called The Pier Falls. He lives in Oxford.

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 49 languages and 51 territories. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than 15 countries. In September 2016 her second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, was published and became an instant Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of her crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012.

Sophie has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award. Her new book is How to Hold A Grudge. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is forty-six and lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College.

Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire. His first novel, The Loney, was originally published by Tartarus Press as a 300-copy limited edition, before being republished by John Murray. It went on to sell in twenty languages, win the Costa Best First Novel Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards in 2016, and is in development as a feature film. Devil's Day is his second novel, which was a 2017 book of the year in the Sunday Times, Times, FT, Metro and Mail on Sunday.

Richard MacLean Smith

Richard MacLean Smith

Part Scottish, part English and proud citizen of nowhere, Richard Maclean Smith researches, writes and produces the podcast Unexplained, described by the Guardian as the ‘spookiest podcast ever.’
An international success, Unexplained has been #2 in the US, UK and Canadian iTunes chart. Unexplained is The Examined Life meets The X Files. He has a new book out on 25th October.

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979 and now lives in Norwich. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway and has been a writer-in-residence at the Gladstone Library. From January-February 2016 she was the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her second novel, The Essex Serpent, was published in 2016 and has sold over 500,000 copies in the UK alone. It has been published in over twenty territories. The Essex Serpent was nominated for numerous awards. It won the BAMB Reader Award for Beautiful Book 2016, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Best Novel 2017, the Encore Award 2017, the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 and was longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. It was Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and won the overall Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2017. Her latest book is Melmoth which Francis Spufford called: 'Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth.' @SerpentsTail #Melmoth