Luke Kennard has published four collections of poetry, the first of which, The Solex Brothers, won him a 2005 Eric Gregory Award. He was the youngest writer to be nominated for the prestigious Forward Prize for his second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie.
His first novel, The Transition, has been described by The Guardian as “an ingenious debut” and by The Irish Times as an "insightful work of fiction with dark wit and unsettling accuracy."
Set in an eerily credible near future, it tells the story of Karl and Genevieve, a young professional couple typical of "generation rent" - trapped in debt, excluded from home ownership, struggling to make ends meet. When Karl unwittingly commits a minor fraud, they are offered, as an alternative to prison, a place on The Transition - an innovative programme in which they live with older mentors to learn how to become more successful members of society. As the story unfolds it makes you wonder whether The Transition is a benign form of life coaching or a more sinister experiment in social engineering.
This original, witty, thought-provoking novel was published to critical acclaim in February this year, when it was selected for the hugely popular Radio 4 Book at Bedtime.
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Continue the conversations over dinner with the authors on Saturday night and get to know the people behind the books.
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Friday 20th Oct 19h00
Join us for a relaxed and convivial apéro dinatôire to kick off our fifth festival in style.
Blevins Franks | Financial Planning For UK Nationals Abroad
There will be book sales and signings at the end of each session.
You can also buy a selection of books by participating authors throughout the weekend at our bookshop
Priority reservations for Festilitt friends
Sunday 22nd Oct 10h30
Take a relaxed Sunday stroll around the village and drop in to several different events throughout the morning.
the Parisot literary festival
Luke Kennard: The Transition
Saturday 21st October
10h30 Salle des fêtes
20, 21 & 22 October 2017