barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Find some inspiration for your autumn reading, and discover the special relationship novelists have with the books they read, as well as those they write. The afternoon will include a series of short talks and question-and-answer sessions, as well as tea, cake and a walk around the Barber’s impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, coins and medals to her about how we ‘read’ works of art.

Patrick Gale is the author of sixteen novels, including Rough Music and Notes from an Exhibition. His most recent book, A Perfectly Good Man, is a 2012 Richard and Judy choice. Tiffany Murray was described by The Guardian as ‘the Glam-rock Dodie Smith’ and her second novel, Diamond Star Halo was selected as one of ‘the best’ in their pick of 2010 fiction. Gaynor Arnold’s first novel, Girl in a Blue Dress, based on the marriage of Charles Dickens, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2008 and the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009. Her novel After Such Kindness is inspired by the tender and troubling friendship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell. Andrew Killeen is the author of two novels, most recently The Khalifa’s Mirror. Andrew is currently ‘Writer-in-Residence’ at the Barber Institute, and has been working with the 16th-19th century European coins and medals in the Cityscapes exhibition, exploring the stories told by the imagery and artwork they contain.

£8; £5 Concessions.

In partnership with the West Midland’s Readers’ Network,

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