Spike Island

Novel WritersJoanna Walsh, Vertigo


Thursday 31 March 2016, 6.30–8pm


£5, £3 concessions Booking advised

Event type

Novel Writers

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Extracts are available in advance but prior knowledge of the texts is not essential. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books. In partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas. 

Joanna Walsh, Vertigo

This is a woman as a mother, daughter, wife, spectator, lover, mistress. Observer and commentator. Actor and reactor. As every new woman emerges and every new story is told, each with a sharper, more deadpan, more aching simplicity, the calm surfaces of Joanna Walsh’s Vertigo shatter, pulling us deep into the panic that underlies everyday life.

Joanna Walsh’s haunting and unforgettable stories enact a literal vertigo — the feeling that if I fall I will fall not toward the earth but into space  by probing the spaces between things. Vertigo is an original and breathtaking book.’  Chris Kraus

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