The BookTalk team are delighted to announce some of the titles we will be discussing in the next academic year. Events will remain online until at least February 2022. 21 October 2021, 7pm: The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane KirbyEvent in partnership with Cardiff … Continue reading Coming soon for 2021-22
Interviewed by Jason Wood for the BFI, Ben Wheatley covered bases from the score, to the visceral imagery, to the careful balance struck between location and CGI. Read an extract of the interview below. The combination of observation and humour is an overlooked facet of … Continue reading Ben Wheatley on High-Rise
Our next event takes place on the 1st April 2019 and will mark the 10th anniversary of British author J. G. Ballard’s death, with an event on his 1975 novel High Rise. Our panel will feature three expert speakers on contemporary literature, science fiction and … Continue reading High-Rise (2015)
Writing for the New Statesman in March 2016, Will Self mulled over what his friend Jim (the novelist J G Ballard to the rest of us mortals) would have thought about Ben Wheatley’s 2015 screen adaptation. Read an extract from Self’s article below. In Ballard’s … Continue reading What would J G Ballard have made of the new High-Rise film?
The new film adaption of JG Ballard’s classic 1975 novel High-Rise has been a while coming. Much like the power-cuts that interrupt life in the novel’s namesake, various attempts to translate the book for cinema have been erratic, and ultimately failed. But with director Ben … Continue reading Why the dark world of High-Rise is not so far from reality
Held by the British Library and part of the digital Discovering Literature: 20th Century exhibition, these pages from c.1974 give an insight into Ballard’s editing process as he was writing High-Rise. Shown here are two sheets of summary notes, as well as the opening pages from an early draft of the novel. Both were first written out on a typewriter, and later heavily annotated and revised by hand in blue and black pen.
Our next event takes place on the 1st April 2019 and will mark the 10th anniversary of British author J. G. Ballard’s death, with an event on his 1975 novel High-Rise. Our panel will feature three expert speakers on contemporary literature, science fiction and urban design: Prof. Roger Luckhurst, Dr. Aiden Tynan, and Dr. Günter Gassner.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
In an interview with Chris Hall in 2003, J G Ballard expounded on his belief that London needed a freeway system comparable to that in LA among other things. These unpublished excerpts were eventually published in the Architect’s Journal on 29 April 2009, shortly after Ballard’s … Continue reading J G Ballard on what’s wrong with London and relieving boredom with a Kalashikov
Our second BookTalk event of 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of British author J. G. Ballard’s death, with an event on his iconic novel High Rise (1975). This event will bring together experts on contemporary literature, science fiction and urban design to discuss some … Continue reading Cardiff BookTalk event: High Rise by J.G. Ballard, Monday 1st April 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel – novella, really – by a founder of Wales Arts Review. With shades of The Talented Mr Ripley, it’s a dark, fast-paced literary thriller which centres on the fate of artist Francis Benthem who ostensibly created an enviable new life for himself, painting in Cyprus. But when he’s found dead, his former protégé, visiting the island to attend his funeral, gets himself thoroughly mixed up in its underworld after meeting a mysterious Russian benefactor, and caught up in the mystery of what happened to the Golden Orphans.
This review appeared in ‘Previewer’s Picks’ in The Bookseller Magazine in 2018 and gives an exciting taster of what could be expected in Raymond’s at that point still-anticipated thriller.
Our next event takes place on the 11th February 2019 and will be an exploration of the literary thriller genre. Cardiff author Gary Raymond will be in residence to discuss his new book, The Golden Orphans, alongside speakers Dr. Fiona Peters and Dr. Hannah Hamad.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Gary Raymond’s The Golden Orphans (Parthian, £8.99) starts off in classic Brit abroad mode as a down-on-his-luck artist travels to Cyprus to attend the funeral of his mentor and fellow painter, Frances Bentham. The unnamed narrator takes on his teacher’s old job, working for a … Continue reading Jeff Noon reviews The Golden Orphans