Susan Barker grew up in east London. She studied philosophy at the University of Leeds and creative writing at the University of Manchester.
She is the author of the novels Sayonara Bar (2005) and The Orientalist and the Ghost (2008), both published by Doubleday (UK) and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Her third novel The Incarnations (Doubleday, July 2014) is about a taxi driver in contemporary Beijing and interwoven with tales from the Tang Dynasty, the invasion of Genghis Khan, the Ming Dynasty, the Opium War, and the Cultural Revolution.
While writing The Incarnations she spent several years living in Beijing, researching modern and imperial China.
She has received grants from the Arts Council England and the Society of Authors, and has been an artist in resident at the Corporation of Yaddo, Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat and the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. In 2010- 2012 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Leeds Trinity University.
Currently Susan is working on her fourth novel while staying as writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library.
On Tuesday 12th April, in a talk that includes readings from her award-winning third novel, The Incarnations, Susan will talk about the process of writing her third novel. She will also discuss the challenges of writing from other cultural perspectives as well as making the fictional leap beyond one’s own identity.
On Saturday 30th April, Susan will be holding a day long workshop at Gladstone’s Library where she will lead the group through the challenges of conveying works of art in prose. Focusing on depictions of visual art and artists in literature, the group will consider literary texts in which works of art are evocatively conveyed, or in which art becomes a prism through which the historical, political and social context of the day is refracted. Works covered include Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World, Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Following these discussions, participants will work to produce individual stories about an artwork chosen by Susan.
An Evening with Writer in Residence, Susan Barker
Tuesday 12th April 2016
7.30pm for 8pm
Tickets are priced at £15 which includes a copy of Susan’s latest book.
A Masterclass with Writer in Residence, Susan Barkeray
Saturday 30th April 2016
Tickets are priced at £35 for the day which includes lunch and tea/coffee
To book your place, please call 01244 532350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.