Petina Gappah, Benjamin Myers, Alexei Sayle, Lionel Shriver: The News as a Novel

Durham Town Hall


Part of the Durham Book Festival



Ten years ago, the late Gordon Burn took the events of 2007 and during that year wrote and published Born Yesterday: The News as a Novel, an ambitious and experimental novel about the way news is made, and the way the media creates and manipulates the stories we see before us.

In the spirit of this fine literary experiment with fact and fiction, we have commissioned four outstanding writers to produce a piece of work in response to the extraordinary unfolding news cycle of 2017.

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut collection An Elegy for Easterly won the Guardian First Book Award in 2009. Her acclaimed collection of short stories, Rotten Row, was published last year. Petina was one of the judges of the 2017 Gordon Burn Prize.

Benjamin Myers is a Durham-born writer and journalist. He won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize for his novel Pig Iron and his next book, Beastings, won the 2014 Portico Prize for Literature. His book The Gallows Pole was published in 2017.

Alexei Sayle was the first MC of the Comedy Store and later the Comic Strip. After years of stand-up, television, sitcoms and films, he published his first highly acclaimed collection of short stories, Barcelona Plates, which was followed by two novels. The second volume of Alexei’s memoirs, Thatcher Stole My Trousers, is out now.

Lionel Shriver is a prolific journalist and has written twelve novels, including the Orange Prize-winning, We Need to Talk About Kevinand most recently The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047.

Join us to hear what this fascinating group of writers has to say about the fast-moving news cycle of 2017.

Chaired by Anita Sethi

In partnership with The Word Factory


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