One of the guest authors at the festival’s opening event, the Firestation Book Swap, will be Evie Wyld. Evie won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for her debut novel After the Fire, a Still Small Voice (which we read the first 60 pages of in the British Library recently, cursed not being able to borrow from there and immediately went out and bought).
What’s it about? Well, we’re still devouring it, but it’s set in Australia in the present day and also flashing back to the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It’s beautifully realised – even during the recent downpours we could feel the heat haze of Aussie summers. We’re not the only ones to recognise her excellence – as well as the John Llewellyn Rhys prize, she’s been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and IMPAC award and won a Betty Trask award.
Evie lives in Stockwell and works at the Review Bookshop in Peckham Rye. Don’t miss your chance to ask her random questions and swap books with her on 9th September!
The Book Swap is happening at St Swithun’s church hall. See the events page for more information.