Nicholas Royle at Seaford LitFest2020


LitFest2020 is Seaford’s annual celebration of words and music, bringing together writers, musicians and performers, largely from the local area. The festival runs from 28 February – 1 March at The Crypt Gallery, Seaford.

Author Nicholas Royle will discussing his latest book, Mother: A Memoir, which we are set publish in May 2020.

In this touching, funny and beautifully written portrait of family life, mother-son relationships and bereavement, Nicholas Royle captures the spirit of post-war parenting as well as of his mother whose dementia and death were triggered by the tragedy of losing her other son—Royle’s younger brother—to cancer in his twenties.

At once poetic and philosophical, this extraordinary memoir is also a powerful reflection on climate crisis and ‘mother nature’, on literature and life writing, on human and non-human animals, and on the links between the maternal and memory itself.

Nicholas is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, where he established the highly successful MA in Creative and Critical Writing in 2002. He has also had a central role in the shaping of creative writing teaching at Sussex at undergraduate level over the past fifteen years.  Nicholas has published two novels with Myriad; Quilt (2010) and An English Guide to Birdwatching (2017).

(Click here for more info on Nicholas’ event.)

The following day, fellow Myriad authors Umi Sinha and Ruth Figgest will be running a joint spoken word session from 16:00 – 18:30. The authors will be talking about their works-in-progress, followed by a storytelling session (click here for more information).

LitFest2020 are offering a 3-day pass to all events for the bargain price of £40. Available via Eventbrite.