The Bookshop invites you to a very special evening as we welcome Matthew Francis and celebrate the launch of his book The Book of the Needle.
The Book of the Needle is set in 1660, with Charles II newly restored to the throne. It follows Arise Evans, Welsh tailor, prophet and one-time best-selling author, who had been prophesying disaster if the King was not restored. To his publisher’s dismay, his new book is not in the genre in which he has had success. The book is based on the real historical Welsh prophet 1607-1660
Matthew Francis poetry collection, Mandeville (Faber, 2008), inspired by the medieval travel-writer Sir John Mandeville, received outstanding reviews in The Observer and The Guardian and his previous collection, Whereabouts was also highly reviewed, whilst Dragons (Faber, 2001) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and The Welsh Book of the Year Award and Blizzard (Faber, 1996) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and winner of the Southern Arts Prize. He is also the author of a critical studies and a novel WHOM (Bloomsbury, 1989), and is editor of W. S. Graham’s New Collected Poems (Faber, 2004). He was recently included in The Forward Prize Anthology 2014 and his collection of short stories, Singing a Man to Death, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Matthew teaches Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.
Free and all welcome