Novel Writers: Zoe Gilbert, Folk

Image Credit: Zoe Gilbert, Photograph by Lucy Johnston

Spike Island Art Space, 133 Cumberland Road BS1 6UX

0117 9292266
admin@spikeisland.org.uk
http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/talks/novel-writers-zoe-gilbert/

Thursday 22 February 2018
6.30-8pm
Admission Fee: £5 (£3 concessions)
Booking recommended
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Folk is the breathtaking debut novel from Zoe Gilbert, the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2014. The men and women are already lighting torches, passing them along the line. All the villagers of Neverness are here. Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year. On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other: Neverness. In this world far from our time and place, the stories of the islanders interweave and overlap. Enchantment always lurks, blighting and blessing in equal measure: a girl is snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair, a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. Folk is a dark, magical and staggeringly beautiful debut circling the lives of one generation, their own dark folklore twisting fates and changing lives.

‘An utterly tantalising new voice. With Folk, Gilbert casts a powerful spell, creating a world on the page that feels as old as the hills and yet exquisitely alive. Folk is a place of elemental coastlines, dappled light and rich woodland shadow. Her characters step from those shadows, as compelling as characters from any much loved folktale ... To read Folk is to find oneself rapt.’ Alison MacLeod, author of All the Beloved Ghosts

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