Saturday 22 October at 2.30pm The Beacon £9 Fiction fans, put the date in your diaries now! Multi-million copy best-selling author Victoria Hislop will be appearing at this year’s festival to talk about her exquisite and extraordinary new book, Cartes Postales from Greece. In conversation with author Mary Loudon, she will discuss how she worked alongside Greek photographer, Alexandros Kakolyris, to create a different style of novel – adult fiction illustrated with photographs.
Victoria divides her time between England and Greece and her novels are inspired by the history and landscape of the Mediterranean. She has alway begun work on her stories by taking hundreds of photographs whilst abroad and surrounding herself with these images once she is back in England writing. She had often thought that it would be wonderful if she could use some of her photographs in her books but was uncertain whether her pictures would be good enough for publication. She therefore embarked on a journey around Greece with photographer Kakolyris. As Kakolyris explains, “This is a book conceived under Greece’s unique light, a light that Victoria wanted me to capture. Her imagination is unstoppable but when a story was being born in her mind, she stopped, took out her notebook and made notes. That would be the moment when I would have to try and perceive what she was seeing, capture it in a frame and deliver it to her readers.” The result is a book where both the story and the images linger forever in the mind.
Not to be missed!
About the author
Victoria Hislop took the publishing world by storm with the publication of her first novel, The Island. Inspired by a visit to the island of Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, The Island spent 8 weeks topping the Sunday Times paperback chart and won Richard and Judy’s Summer Read award. It went on to sell over a million copies in the UK and more than 5 million world wide and Victoria was named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the British Book awards. She also became an ambassador for Lepra.
Her international reputation as an inspirational storyteller has continued to grow. Her subsequent novels, The Return, The Thread and The Sunrise all met with critical and popular acclaim as did her 2012 short story collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. Cartes Postales from Greece will be published by Headline this September.
About the Interviewer
Mary Loudon is the writer of four non-fiction books: Relative Stranger, A Sister’s Life After Death; Secrets & Lives, Middle England Revealed; Revelations, The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled, Nuns Talking. She has also contributed to six anthologies.
Loudon has won four writer’s prizes, has been short and long-listed for the MIND Book of the Year award, and the Richard and Judy Book of the Year award, respectively. Her books have been published in 12 countries. Film rights for her last book, Relative Stranger, have been optioned in America. She has made over 200 radio and television appearances, been a Whitbread Prize judge and is a regular public speaker. Her fifth book and first novel, My House is Falling Down, will be published in 2017.. She lives in Wantage, and Powys, mid-Wales, with her husband Andrew St George and their three daughters.
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