Author: Eleanor Bennett

John Boyne: ‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies’ Book Launch

John Boyne, the acclaimed author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, celebrated the launch of his new book with a Q&A and a book signing at the University of Liverpool this week.   The Heart’s Invisible Furies focusses on the life of Irishman Cyril Avery. Born to an unmarried teen mother from West Cork, he is adopted by an eccentric couple from Dublin. From an early age, Cyril is conscious of his sexuality, and this plays an integral part in the novel when his attachment to close friend Julian alienates him from society.  The book is a compelling account of modern Irish history told...

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Liverpool Literary Festival: ‘Writing From Life’ Masterclass with Andrew O’Hagan

On Sunday 30th October, the final day of Liverpool’s inaugural Literary Festival, author Andrew O’Hagan hosted the Writing from Life Masterclass. A three-hour session, this was a fairly intimate gathering, with only around fifteen places available. It was sponsored by the Royal Society of Literature, which is approaching its 200th birthday in 2020. “Needing to say more – that’s the beginning of a novel.” – Andrew O’Hagan The masterclass was designed to get a bunch of literary-minded people together to discuss how to use their lives to help write their novels. O’Hagan made some good points: he emphasised the...

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The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe – Review

Despite having possibly the longest play name ever, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe was simply hilarious. Staged at the Everyman theatre by the Hope Street Emerging Artists, this play involved a lot of prancing, a bit of dancing, and even a special ‘wardrobe-loo’ rendition of ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’! The play is based on Romain Puertolas’ book by the same name, and was directed by Montserrat Gili. The Hope Street Emerging Artists group is a six-month intensive volunteer programme allowing emerging artists to work with other established artists on public performances. Performed on Friday 21st and...

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The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe – Preview

Based on the book by the same name, written by Romain Puértolas and performed by Hope Street Emerging Artists, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe tells the tale of a bloke going on a long journey (simply put). All kidding aside, Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod, armed with a forged €100 bill and a longing for Ikea, travels the world in weird and peculiar ways. The play considers the themes of self- discovery, desperation and the migrant crisis, and offers a damning analysis of current immigration and refugee laws today. Hilarious in the face of it...

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