Coventry Literature Festival

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Saturday 9 May

The Coventry Literature Festival: Reading by local author Mez Packer
Central Library 1pm

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Reading by local author Mez Packer, author of Among Thieves: a countercultural thriller based in 2 Tone Coventry in the early 1980s. A new novelist showcases her gripping tale of drug-smuggling, racism, friendship and revenge, written with great energy and sharp humour.
“Coventry 1983. As the city skanks to the 2 Tone beat, wildly divergent characters look to smash the system and get rich quick on the music’s narcotic spur: hashish… an often comical, sometimes profound journey across continents, psyches and the minutiae of the drugs trade” (The Guardian).

The Coventry Literature Festival: Poetry reading by Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair


Central Library 2pm
Sinclair has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver (Winner of the James Tait Black Prize & the Encore Prize for the Year’s Best Second Novel), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and, most recently, Dining on Stones (which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize). Non-fiction books include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison. In the ’90s, Iain wrote and presented a number of films for BBC2’s Late Show and has, subsequently, co-directed with Chris Petit four documentaries for Channel 4; one of which, Asylum, won the short film prize at the Montreal Festival. He edited London, City of Disappearances, which was published in October 2006. His most recent book is Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, published in February 2009.

“ORBITAL will be read 50 years from now. This account of his walk around the M25 is on one level a journey into the heart of darkness, that terrain of golf courses, retail parks and industrial estates which is Blair’s Britain. It’s a fascinating snapshot of who we are, lit by Sinclair’s vivid prose, and on another level a warning that the mythological England of village greens and cycling aunts has been buried under the rush of a million radial tyres” – J. G. Ballard.