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Co. Down author David Park’s latest novel The Poets’ Wives has been selected as Belfast’s ‘One City One Book’ read for 2014.


A programme of book-inspired events has been organised to take place throughout May developed by the Arts Council and supported by, Belfast Telegraph, Belfast City Council, Libraries NI QFT, Bloomsbury, Translink, Clements and U105.

One City One Book is a community reading initiative which promotes books by local writers and aims to get the people of Belfast reading and discussing the same book.

Now in its third year, this year’s One City One Book campaign will include readings by the author, talks in libraries and film screenings at the QFT, curated by the author and based on the themes within the book.

 

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About the Author

David Park has written eight previous books including The Big Snow, Swallowing the Sun, The Truth Commissioner and, most recently, The Light of Amsterdam. He has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award, three times. He has received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award three times. In 2014 he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. He is a former teacher and currently lives in County Down.

 

About the Book

Deeply insightful and beautifully wrought, The Poets’ Wives is David Park at his best. The novel, published this week by Bloomsbury, tells the stories of three women, each destined to play the role of a poet’s wife: Catherine Blake, the wife of William Blake – a poet, painter and engraver who struggles for recognition in a society that dismisses him as a madman; Nadezhda Mandelstam, wife of Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, whose poetry costs him his life under Stalin’s terror; and the wife of a fictional contemporary Irish poet, who looks back on her marriage during the days after her husband’s death as she seeks to fulfil his final wish.

 
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