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Sarah Marsh

Debut historical novelists: Sarah Marsh & Elizabeth O’Connor

Monday 03 June | 5:30 - 6:30pm

£8 plus £1 transaction fee for non-QUAD members Venue: QUAD, DE1 3AS

Monday 3 June, 5:30 - 6:30pm, QUAD

Kindly sponsored by Pennine Healthcare

This event will be BSL translated for both the author Sarah Marsh and the audience and will include on-screen captioning. The BSL interpreter will be Emma Walker.

We welcome two celebrated debut novelists who we feel sure will appeal to lovers of historical fiction.

In A Sign of Her Own, Sarah Marsh tells the story of Ellen Lark, a deaf woman on the verge of marriage. She and her fiancé receive an unexpected visit from Alexander Graham Bell, who had instructed her in speaking in a technique called Visual Speech. Bell had confided in her about his dream of producing a device to transmit the human voice along a wire: the telephone. Now, on the cusp of wealth and renown, Bell wants Ellen to support his claim to the patent. But Ellen has a different story to tell: that of how Bell betrayed her and other deaf pupils.

One of The Observer’s Ten Debut novelists for 2024, Elizabeth O’Connor’s beautiful, devastating debut Whale Fall tells a story of longing and betrayal. Set in 1938, Manod is a young woman living on a remote island off the coast of Wales just as the world looks ready to end - and she is trying to imagine a future for herself. When two anthropologists arrive from the mainland, Manod sees a rare chance to leave the island and discover the life she has been searching for.

Sarah and Elizabeth will be in conversation with Sue Wall, Festival Trustee.

Please note: Each QUAD ticket is subject to a £1 transaction fee at checkout with the exception of bookings made by QUAD members. This £1 goes directly towards the running of QUAD.

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