We are delighted to invite you to an event with Sheffield-based authors Rachel Genn and Simon Bill, will be reading from their recently published and critically acclaimed novels.
The readings will be followed by a Q&A session with the authors, chaired by Amanda Crawley Jackson and Brendan Stone.
The event will take place on Wednesday February 15th at 5pm in Seminar Room B51, Portobello Building, University of Sheffield.
Rachel Genn is a doctor of neuroscience by training, and before beginning to write fiction seriously in 2005, she worked at King’s College London, The Maudsley, and was a Royal Society Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She completed the Sheffield Hallam Creative Writing MA in 2006. The Cure, her first novel, began with ‘one simple idea, the loneliness most often suffered by immigrants, a sense of displacement which is close to mental illness. I wanted to look at the boundary between gross misfortune and where it topples over into mental illness’.
Born in London, Simon Bill is one of the generation of Young British Artists who shook the international art work in the 1990s. He now lives and works in Sheffield, having studied previously at the St Martin’s School of Art and The Royal College of Art. His new novel, Brains, explores the world of neurology and is a fascinating meditation on memory.
Simon Bill, Brains:
The unnamed narrator of Brains is a drunken and dissolute painter. He gets a job as artist-in-residence at the opulent Norman Neurological Institute in central London, but only because all the other short-listed applicants turn it down. Among the patients he encounters he is impressed, in particular, by the sublimely attractive yet mysterious Emily, who cannot remember anything for more than 15 minutes at a time. He is smitten, yet, even for him, the ethics of bedding someone who cannot give credible consent are dubious.
Peter Carty, The Independent
Rachel Genn, The Cure:
Escaping heartbreak, a raw and humble Eugene Mahon leaves small town Ireland for London. His horizons expand as he meets and befriends men from all over the world on the Shoreditch building site where he works. The good times roll, but the shadows of the past loom over him as he lodges in the pub his late father Seamus lived in when he worked in the city years before. The pub is run by the same landlady, Della, and her daughter Julia, and Eugene’s appearance bring Della’s own memories of his father flooding to the surface, revealing secrets that she’d hoped to keep hidden forever. Eugene’s initiation into the brotherhood of the building site is shattered when he wakes one morning in a police cell, beaten and bruised, with no memory of how or why he got there. In the midst of accusation and hostility, Eugene must uncover truths that will change his life, and the lives of those around him forever. * The Cure (alt. def.) the concrete hardening process; time it takes for concrete to reach absolute strength