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Angela Graham | Virtual Launch of ‘A City Burning’
A city burns in a crisis − because the status quo has collapsed and change must come. Every value, relationship and belief is shaken and the future is uncertain.
The characters in Angela Graham's twenty-six stories, set in Wales, Northern Ireland and Italy, face a choice, a moment which puts to the proof their beliefs or their idea of themselves. Some of these moments occur in mundane circumstances, others amidst tragedy or drama - urban violence, the Covid-19 pandemic, the tipping point of a marriage.
With a virtuoso control of tone, by turns elegiac, comic, lyrical, philosophical, A City Burning examines power of all types, exploring conflicts between political allegiances; between autonomy and intimacy; emotional display and concealment; resistance versus acceptance. The result is a deeply human book full of hauntingly memorable characters and narratives.
In this event, Angela Graham will be in discussion with Phil George. We will also be joined by Viviana Fiorentino, Liam Logan and Geraint Lewis who will read extracts from the book. The event will close with a live audience Q&A, so please come with your questions at the ready.
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Dr Viviana Fiorentino is from Italy. She now lives in Belfast. An award-winning poet in Italy, her poems appear in the recent ground-breaking anthology ‘Writing Home: the New Irish poets’. In 2019 she published a poetry collection in Italy In giardino (‘In the garden’) and her first novel Tra mostri ci si ama ( ‘Monsters love each other’) She is currently working on a collection of poems on migration.
She has co-founded two activist poetry initiatives: on migration and displacement, and in support of artists in prison. She is on the editorial staff of Le Ortique, a bilingual (Eng/Ita) initiative that voices and rediscovers forgotten women artists.
Liam Logan is from Dunloy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He is one of Northern Ireland’s leading exponents of Ulster Scots. He is a writer, broadcaster, television and radio presenter and a filmmaker. He has been making programmes in and about Ulster Scots for almost 25 years for the BBC and others. He has written two prose books about Ulster Scots, and recently published ‘Nine Rhymes’, a book of Ulster Scots poems.
Ulster Scots is spoken in parts of the nine counties of the province of Ulster.
Geraint Lewis is from west Wales, from Tregaron. He is one of Wales’s most accomplished writers of drama for television, radio and stage, writing in many genres from soap opera, such as the long-running BBC series, Pobl Y Cwm, to comedy and children’s. He is a noted actor, playing the role of Sianco in multiple BAFTA-Cymru-winning film Martha, Jac a Sianco and recently appearing in the crime series, Hinterland/ Y Gwyll and in Under Milk Wood. He is the author of three novels and two collections of short stories. He won the inaugural Tony Bianchi Short Story prize in 2019 and is currently working on his third collection.
Author photo by Natasha Hirst