Spike Island

Novel WritersAdam Biles, Feeding Time


Thursday 24 November 2016, 6.30–8pm


£5, £3 concessions Booking advised

Event type

Novel Writers

Listen again to Adam Biles in conversation with Laura Keeling at Spike Island:


Feeding Time is the story of a rebellion in an old people’s home — or perhaps, more pertinently, of a rebellion of people who just happen to be old. The characters in Feeding Time are as funny, annoying, sharp, deranged, loving, and infinitely various as everyone else. They deserve dignity, and they know it — which makes it all the more imperative that something is done about the appalling conditions in Green Oaks. This is a deeply humane book about the triumph of the human spirit.

Chosen by The Observer as a Fiction Pick for 2016 and described as a ‘scintillating novel of ideas’.

Novel Writers

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books. In partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas

Adam Biles

Adam Biles is an English writer and translator based in Paris. He is the events director at Shakespeare and Company and his writing has appeared in Gorse, Vestoj, 3:AM Magazine, Momma Tried and at the Palais de Tokyo. His work has been compared to writers as diverse as Thomas Pynchon, Kingsley Amis and Alan Hollinghurst.

Laura Keeling

Laura Keeling has worked in the book world for nine years. She started off in publishing before following in the footsteps of so many literature lovers to Paris, where she worked as Events and Communications Manager at the iconic Shakespeare and Company bookshop. She returned to her beloved hometown of Bristol last year and now produces cultural events for London-based company 5x15.

Supported by
  • Bristol Festival of Ideas