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Sarah Waters To Appear At Scarborough Literature Festival 2011

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Sarah Waters,  world acclaimed, multi award nominee of such chilling, erotic thrillers as: ‘Tipping The Velevet’, ‘Affinity’, ‘Fingersmith’, ‘The Night Watch’ and ‘The Little Stranger’, will be opening proceedings at this year’s Scarborough Literature Festival.

The festival, dubbed as ‘The Long Weekend’, opens on 14th April 2011 and runs through to 17th April 2011.

Sarah will be appearing at Scarborough Library Concert Hall, at an event hosted by writer and poet, James Nash and which will begin at 10.30am, on April 14th 2011

The session is due to last for approx. 1 hour and there is an admission fee of £5.

Booking details are available here…

After the huge success of her latest book ‘The Little Stranger’, it appears that all 5 of the novels are also star productions of the small screen …

‘Tipping the Velvet’ and ‘Fingersmith’ have both been adapted for BBC television, with the adaptation of ‘Fingersmith‘ being nominated for a BAFTA. ‘Affinity’ has been adapted for ITV, whilst ‘The Night Watch‘ is currently in development with BBC2. Film rights in ‘The Little Stranger‘ have already been optioned by Potboiler Productions.

Not surprising therefore, that Sarah is taking a well deserved break from writing, spending much of 2011 travelling to promote her books, although she already has an idea for her next story, simmering away in the background …

I have so far only managed to read one of the stories ‘Affinity’, which I thoroughly enjoyed, click here to read my thoughts about the book.

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    • Hello Diane,

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s always good to hear from you.

      I have so far only read ‘Affinity’, but have to say that I found it a very powerful story, well written and enjoyable to read.

      SW occupies space in an interesting genre of writing, which has come in for some very mixed reviews. She has hung in there however, and you only have to read her bibliography to see just how popular her writing has become.

      I should imagine that the talk she will be giving in Scarborough, will be quite a hard hitting one that won’t pull any punches.

  • Sarah Waters is one of my blind spots. I’ve tried three of her books but have never been able to strike up any interest. I suppose we all have to have them, but I’d rather mine wasn’t an author all my friends seem to love. Having said that I would have loved to go to this because Scarborough is my family home and I haven’t been back since my grandparents died. But, it isn’t going to be possible this year at least. I must go over to the site and see if this is an annual event that I could plan in advance for another year.

    • Hello Annie,

      Thanks for the visit and comments, I always look forward to hearing from you.

      This is the fifth year of the Scarborough festival, so it seems to be quite an established event.

      There are so many festivals this year, almost every town seems to host one at some point in time and it seems to be the same authors doing the rounds each time.

      I don’t think we have ever visited Scarborough. We have been up North a few times and have visited Scotland a couple of times, but I think that the farthest place North in England we have stayed has to be Blackpool on the opposite coastline.

      We all have our blind spots when it comes to books, mine being sci-fi and paranormal fantasy. It doesn’t mean to say that I would never read something in these genres, but as you say, the interest factor isn’t very high.

      If I am honest, I would read just about anything, if that’s all that was available. The thought of not having a book of any description to read has to be my worst nightmare.

      • I do so agree, Yvonne. I have not yet got over the time, almost six years ago now, when I went to a hospital appointment armed with enough reading for it to be an hour late only for it to be two hours late and I ran out of book! It was a scary enough situation without that happening. Now I always take two books with me everywhere, although of late that has been made easier by the advent of the kindle.

        • Hello Annie,

          I have been holding out against investing in a ‘kindle’ or similar device, but it is fast coming to the point where my mind will be changed.

          I am still in the mode of trying to force a book into my handbag, or jamming one into the door pocket of the car, trying to convince myself that it’s just as easy as slipping something not much larger than a pocket calculator in it’s place !!!!

          The trouble is, that I have so many books in the house, that I don’t think hubbie will go along with my reasoning, unless I get rid of some of the printed material first. Honestly! which of us bookaholics would part with a book without reading it first, just to go out and pay money for an electronic version of the same title?

          I need to work on him, fast !!!!

  • Yvonne, I really like your blog. Sarah Waters is a big favorite of mine. So wish I could be in the U.K. for this event. Tell her she absolutely must come to the U.S. so I can hear her speak. I wasn’t aware some of her books had been done for TV.

    • Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment, it is most appreciated.

      I have only read one of Sarah Waters books so far, but do intend to read more, as I was really impressed with her style of writing, the story content and the in depth characterization she conjures up.

      I have never seen any of the TV adaptations myself, as they are not the type of programming that hubbie would enjoy and let’s face it …. which household TV remote isn’t controlled by the man????

      Check out Sarah’s website if you get the chance, there are some great bits of information included. Sarah has said that she intends to spend 2011 travelling and promoting, before settling down to pen a new story, so who knows … she may even make it to the US!!

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