'Dangerous writer' Tom Spanbauer at Litfest

Did you enjoy the film Fight Club?

Do you like edgy author Chuck Palahniuk's books?

Then head down to the Litfest event in June when Tom Spanbauer – the champion of minimalist fiction – will be giving both a talk and then a day's workshop.

Spanbauer mentored Chuck in the early days and encouraged his 'dangerous writing' style when he attended a writers' workshop.

Even now Chuck who has written a host of bestselling books – including Fight Club which was turned into a cult movie starring Brad Pitt – says he still follows Spanbauer's writing rules which include no adverbs and no abstracts.

So it looks as though Litfest have secured quite a coup signing Spanbauer up to present a lecture on Wednesday, June 24.

The event will be chaired by Steve Dearden in the auditorium at the Storey Creative Industries Centre. Tickets cost 7.50/ 6 concessions.

And on the Thursday, Spanbauer, who lives in Portland, Oregon, will be holding a workshop at the Storey from 10am to 4pm. Tickets cost 45/30 concessions.

Spanbauer has written several cult books including Faraway Places and The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon.

The event is one of the highlights in the Litfest summer programme which marks the organisation's move to the Storey in Meeting House Lane.

The programme of events will be launched by poet Jacob Polley on May 13 at 7.30pm.

The literature organisation is also planning a series of lunchtime lectures in the summer months, starting on July 17 when Carole Coates will discuss the pre-Raphaelite poet Christina Rossetti.


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