Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Friday 23 February 2024

Author Supper with Kate Worsley

Event Details

One-off event
Date: 26/02/2024 | Venue: The Greyhound
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Tickets £6.00
Reading Group Supper at The Greyhound Monday 26th Feb... Bookings now open


Foxash

JOIN US FOR AN AUTHOR SUPPER WITH EAST ANGLIAN BOOK AWARD WINNER KATE WORSLEY, AUTHOR OF ‘FOXASH’

‘Foxash’

Author Supper with Kate Worsley

The Greyhound, Wivenhoe

7pm Monday 26th Feb

‘A wonderfully atmospheric and deeply unsettling novel, full of images so vivid they seem to leap off the page. Worsley’s fiction is something to savour’ Sarah Waters

Combining a gothic sensibility with a visceral, unsettling sense of place, Foxash is a deeply original novel of quiet and powerful menace, of the real hardships of rural life, and the myths and folklore that seep into ordinary lives – with surprising consequences.

‘Worn out by poverty, Lettie Radley and her miner husband Tommy grasp at the offer of their very own smallholding – part of a 1930s Government scheme to put the unemployed back to work on the land. When she comes down to Essex to join him, her new neighbours greet her. Overbearing and unkempt, Jean and Adam Dell are everything that the smart, spirited, aspirational Lettie can’t abide.’

As Lettie settles in, she’s hopeful that her past, and the terrible secret Tommy has come to Foxash to escape, are far behind them. But the Dells have their own secrets. And as the seasons change, and a man comes knocking at the gate, the scene is set for a terrible reckoning.’

Publisher’s Synopsis

About the Author

Kate Worsley’s first novel, She Rises, a seafaring adventure set in 1740s Harwich won the HWA Debut Crown for Historical Fiction and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Prize in the US. She was born in Preston, Lancashire and now lives on the Essex coast.

She has a BA in English literature from University College, London, an MA in creative writing (novels) from City University, London and was an Arts Council East Escalator award-winner. Kate spent many years as a journalist, editor and subeditor on national and specialist newspapers and magazines, and she now runs summer weekend writing retreats in Mistley, Essex and performs with the She Rises shanty crew.

Praise for Foxash

‘With slow, quiet intent Kate Worsley builds a tense atmosphere of looming horror. This book demands to be savoured, even as it clamours to be devoured’-The Times

‘I loved the brooding suspense of Foxash – both the unspoken and the fear of speaking dominate its claustrophobic setting.Worsley takes us into a revelatory and revisionist corner of the Twentieth Century’- Jonathan Myerson

‘A rich, wonderfully uneasy pleasure. Exquisitely written and deeply original, with secrets that are tightly layered, always surprising and teased out with impressive control’- Bethan Roberts

‘Kate Worsley has a wonderfully fertile imagination. She writes for the senses: the touch of soil; the taste of a home remedy; the whiff of decay. Her wily prose curls around the story she is telling, like a creeper’ – Katie Ward

‘Beguiling, and written with a piercing eye for style. It burrows under the surface of the rural idyll, exposing a shadowy hinterland’ – Eva Dolan

‘A spellbinding evocation of the rural uncanny. In deceptively sensual prose Kate Worsley eviscerates the idyll of the smallholding and lays bare the vicious desperation of characters pitted against the elements and themselves’ – Sarah Bower

About Foxash

Kate’s research for the novel included much on the Land Settlement Association (LSA), a UK Government scheme set up in 1934 to resettle unemployed miners, ship-builders, and labourers from depressed industrial areas, particularly from North-East England and Wales. The LSA began to buy up English farms in 1934 at the height of the Depression and was the biggest of the inter-war “back to the land” movements.

The LSA trained the workers in horticulture and livestock rearing and settled them in cooperative colonies across the country.

Foxash is a Land Settlement Association colony covering 400 acres in Lawford, Ardleigh and Dedham, each comprising a house, piggeries and between 4 and 7 acres of land.

New Menu
26th Feb 2024

The Greyhound Pub

Salads
Cajun Chicken Salad (Gf) £12.50
Grilled Halloumi & Roasted Red Pepper Salad (V/Gf) £12

Pub Grub Mains
Fish & Chips £13
Ham Eggs & Chips (Gf) £12
Bangers & Mash (Gf) £12
Vegan Tart (Vg) £12.50
Chicken Tikka Masala (£14)
Home-made Chilli con Carne (Gf) £12
Pie of the Day £13

Burgers
Aberdeen Angus Burger £13.50
Southern Fried Chicken Burger £13.50
Vegan Burger (Vg) £13


Pub Grub items all come with a range of veg.
Burgers all come with fries and slaw.


Dietary Requirements: We have indicated which mains are Vegetarian (V) Vegan (Vg) or Gluten-free (Gf). For other allergen information please contact The Greyhound directly: info@thegreypub.com phone: 01206 825573


Meal bookings
The Greyhound have requested we forward your individual pre-orders for Mains in advance. Please make your pre-order choices from their Salad/PubGrub/Burger menu (see above) using the form we have created. Please pre-book your order through us before 2pm on Saturday 24th Feb. Please pay The Greyhound for your meals individually on the night. Drinks, Puds and other extras such as Bar Bites, Small Plates and Sides will not need to be be pre-ordered and should instead be requested individually on the night. We appreciate your co-operation over this particular arrangement.

PS We cannot be responsible for any order cancellations unless you let us know these before Saturday 24th Feb

 

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One-off event
Date: 26/02/2024 | Venue: The Greyhound
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Tickets £6.00


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