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Andrew McMillan ‘Pity’

22 February @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We’re delighted to be welcoming acclaimed poet Andrew McMillan to Blackwell’s to hear about his debut novel, ‘Pity’.

Pity

The town was once a hub of industry. A place where men toiled underground in darkness, picking and shovelling in the dust and the sleck. It was dangerous and back-breaking work but it meant something. Once, the town provided, it was important, it had purpose. But what is it now?

Brothers Alex and Brian have spent their whole life in the town where their father lived and his father, too. Still reeling from the collapse of his personal life, Alex, is now in his middle age, and must reckon with a part of his identity he has long tried to mask. Simon is the only child of Alex and had practically no memory of the mines. Now in his twenties and working in a call centre, he derives passion from his side hustle in sex work and his weekly drag gigs.

Set across three generations of South Yorkshire mining family, Andrew McMillan’s short and magnificent debut novel is a lament for a lost way of a life as well as a celebration of resilience and the possibility for change.

Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan is an acclaimed poet whose collections have won all sorts of accolades. His debut collection of poetry physical was ‘the sort of once-in-a-generation debut that causes everyone to sit up and take notice’ according to Sarah Crown, poetry critic at the Guardian. physical was the only poetry book to ever win the Guardian First Book Award, and it was also awarded a Somerset Maugham award, an Eric Gregory Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection playtime won the inaugural Polari Prize and he is the co-editor of 100 Queer Poems which was shortlisted for the British Book Awards.

Details

Date:
22 February
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/andrew-mcmillan-pity-tickets-773782402997

Venue

Blackwell’s Bookshop
48-51 Broad Stree
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BQ United Kingdom

Organiser

Blackwell’s, Broad Street Oxford
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