Northern Voices 1 – Crime, Politics & the Supernatural

The North of England is the home to some of the country’s most exciting writers. In Northern Voices three writers based in the region to talk about how the language, the landscape and the people have inspired their writing. Robert Edric is one of our finest novelists, relentlessly exploring the motivation of an extraordinary cast of characters. Helen Cadbury’s award-winning first crime novel, To Catch A Rabbit, shows us a new Yorkshire. The rock-climbing poet Helen Mort’s collection Division Street focuses on the Miners’ Strike of 1984 alongside more personal pieces. Join these three wonderful writers for a lively discussion and some fabulous readings of poetry and prose.

About the authors/artists

Robert Edric is a pen name for Gary Edric Armitage, an award winning British novelist born in Sheffield in 1956.

His novels include ‘Winter Garden’ (1985 James Tait Black Prize winner), ‘A New Ice Age’ (1986 runner-up for the Guardian Fiction Prize), ‘A Lunar Eclipse’, ‘The Earth Made of Glass’, ‘Elysium’, ‘In Desolate Heaven’, ‘The Sword Cabinet’, ‘The Book of the Heathen’ (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award) and ‘Peacetime’ (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002).

His trilogy of detective novels, ‘Cradle Song’, ‘Siren Song’, and ‘Swan Song’, also known as the "Song Cycle," are set in the city of Hull. The critic Nick Rennison has suggested that Edric might be "the finest and most adventurous writer of historical fiction of his generation".

Helen Cadbury is a York based writer whose debut novel, ‘To Catch a Rabbit’, was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award and was launched by Moth Publishing, May 2013.
Helen was born in the Midlands and brought up in Birmingham and Oldham, Lancashire and now lives in York. She writes fiction, poetry and plays and is currently working on a sequel to ‘To Catch a Rabbit’.
From 2008 to 2013, she worked with women prisoners, helping to develop their creative writing skills.

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985.
Her collection 'Division Street' was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, 'the shape of every box' and 'a pint for the ghost', a Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2010.
Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award.
Helen received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007
Won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008.
In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. 'Division Street' was shortlisted for the 2013 T.S.Eliot Prize. She is completing a PhD at the University of Sheffield, looking at Norman MacCaig and neuroscience, amongst other things.

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11th November 2014
Carriageworks Theatre
11th November 2014
Carriageworks Theatre
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The Civic, Barnsley
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