Stella Tillyard & Madeleine Bunting
Novel Histories

The draining of the Fens in the 1640s by Dutch engineers is among the most controversial civil engineering achievements of pre-industrial Europe and a ruthless imposition on local Fenlanders. The German wartime occupation of the Channel Islands also fractured communities and spawned complex allegiances. Come and hear Stella Tillyard (The Great Level) and Madeleine Bunting (Island Song) discuss how their novels explore these pivotal moments of history and the alchemical process of turning historical fact into compelling fiction.

In conversation with critic Alex Clark, journalist, critic and broadcaster.

N.B. Please note that this event was originally advertised for 3:30 pm on Friday. It is now taking place at 2 pm.

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