Jim is the author of several books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award), Harvest (shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and winner of the International Dublin Literary Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and his most recent novel, The Melody, published earlier this year.
Jim will be talking about his books and career at Noa Bakehouse in Douglas on Saturday night. The event starts at 7.30pm, with tickets priced at £10 and available from the Villa Gaiety box office - call 01624 600555 or visit: https://www.villagaiety.com/whats-on
An Evening With Jim Grace - Facebook event.
The night before, Friday, November 9, there is an event aimed at writers. This will be a writing session, which will include a 'surgery' conducted by Jim. This event runs from 6pm till midnight at St John Ambulance HQ in Glencrutchery Road, Douglas. Jim will hold a group surgery early in the evening, answering questions and offering advice, and he will then be available to speak to writers individually. Tickets for the writing session/surgery are £20 - to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Surgery - Facebook event.
For those wishing to attend both of these events, there is a discounted price of £15 for the writing session/surgery.
Manx Litfest director John Quirk said:
We are thrilled to have Jim with us for the weekend. We had hoped to bring him across for our annual festival in September, but he was busy, so asked Jim if he had any space in his diary for later in the year. He's probably one of the most acclaimed British writers working today and we're excited to have him conduct a writing surgery on the Friday night as well as the public event on Saturday night.
Whether you are a reader or a writer, it should be a fascinating insight into Jim's career and the way he writes. His books are challenging - for example, Continent is a series of seven interconnected stories set on an imaginary seventh continent, exploring Western attitudes to the Third World; The Gift of Stones features a coastal Stone Age community threatened by Bronze Age technology, while Quarantine is a reworking of the biblical account of Jesus's 40 days spent in the wilderness.
In addition to his various book prizes, Jim was awarded the EM Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. In 2000, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England for Distinguished Literary Achievements.