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3rd June 2009, 6.30pm. At Manchester Central Library – together with Andrew Duggan – John Baker will be talking about the writing process and reading from his latest novel Winged with Death.

5th July 2009, 3.30pm. At Hebden Bridge Library as part of a Writers’ Day event, John Baker and James Nash will be in conversation and reading from their work.

13th April 2010. In conversation and reading at Everthorpe Prison. Everthorpe is a category C training prison which opened in 1958 as a borstal. It was converted to its present role in 1991 and now holds convicted male prisoners.

Double Take – writers in conversation – 1.
Mike Kenny, called “one of the 10 leading playwrights in the UK” by The Independent, has written more than 60 plays, including more than 40 works for children and young people and many for special needs audiences and actors. He has won numerous awards, including the Writers’ Guild Best Children’s Theatre for “Stepping Stones” and the Arts Council of England’s first Children’s Award in 2001.
John Baker & Mike KennyJohn Baker, called “One of Britain’s most talented contemporary writers” by The Times, has published eight novels, including a series set in York.
The novels are characterized by a self-conscious play on literary and cultural themes and philosophical ideas combined with an eye for political and social injustice leavened with humour.
His latest book, Winged with Death, a literary novel, was published by Flambard in April 2009.
Both writers live and work in York.
They have joined together to read from their work and discuss the differing ways that character is developed in the novel and in the theatre.

Double Take – writers in conversation – 2.
What happens when two topflight writers from different genres talk about their craft? A fascinating conversation about the links and the differences between poetry and prose, where James Nash and John Baker read from their work, and challenge each other [and the audience] to an hour of fun and debate.

jamesnashJames Nash, is a highly entertaining performer and a truly original voice. His first major collection, Coma Songs, was described by Sarah Waters as illuminating “wonderfully the small details and the large issues of life, love and language.”
His two short stories in the Four Fathers were brimming with wit, pathos, and insight.
In a parallel life James Nash is well known for his hosting and running of literary events. He is instantly recognisable by the participants of Readers’ Days and literature events all over the UK
He lives and works in Leeds.

baker44John Baker, called “One of Britain’s most talented contemporary writers” by The Times, has published eight novels, including a series set in York.
The novels are characterized by a self-conscious play on literary and cultural themes and philosophical ideas combined with an eye for political and social injustice leavened with humour.
His latest book, Winged with Death, a literary novel, was published by Flambard in April 2009
Baker lives and works in York.

Festival organisers and Literature Officers can book the duo by email from this page.

You can also book John Baker on his own for your speaker or workshop event. Go here for contact address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

strength now shines through my window
regainin’ me an’ rousin’ me
day by day
from the weariness
of walkin’ with ghosts

Bob Dylan, 11 Outlined Epitaphs