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North Down Museum:

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Aspects Irish Literature Festival

20th September - 6th October


Travelling in a strange land
Travelling in a strange land
My Name is Lucy Barton

Saturday 21 September and Saturday 28 September

Reading Like a Writer

with Patsy Horton
North Down Museum
£30 total for both sessions

‘Like most – maybe all – writers, I learned to write by writing and, by example, reading.’ Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose.

Whether you are a writer or someone with aspirations to write, or whether you love reading and talking about books, this session is for you.

Join editor and expert reader Patsy Horton to discuss two fantastic and critically acclaimed novels that are loved by readers – David Park’s Travelling in a Strange Land and My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

The session, which will require participants to have read both novels in advance, will explore why these novels are powerful works of fiction, and what it is about the writing that makes them so beloved by readers and critics.

We will discuss how these novels have been ‘built’ and structured through
character, setting, plot and other elements. We’ll also spend time discussing the style of the writing in novels, using close reading to explore the rhythm and flow of sentences and paragraphs.