Workshops & Activities

Eleanor Catton: The First Page

Part of Man Booker 50

In this interactive session, prize-winning author Eleanor Catton shares her tips on how to seduce the reader from the first page.

For Catton, the opening pages of a novel are vital – establishing plot and character and making a promise to the reader about the world they are about to enter.

Attendees are invited to bring along their first 300 words for discussion in the session, and will be emailed with further details about how to submit their work in advance of the workshop.

Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 with The Luminaries, which also won the New Zealand Post Award for Fiction, and a Canadian Governor General's Award. Her first novel, The Rehearsal, was published when she was 22.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Catton has taught creative writing in the United States and in New Zealand, and is currently adapting The Luminaries into a six-part television mini-series for the BBC. She was born in Canada, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Cambridge.

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Royal Festival Hall
Sunley Pavilion, Level 3


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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For ages 16+.

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