Award-winning author tells how writing saved his life

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Avid readers of critically acclaimed writer David Vann will have the opportunity to find out more about the man who has suffered personal tragedies at an Edge Hill University event.

Traumatised by suicide and murder in the family during his childhood, David Vann spent 20 years with a “feeling of doom” hanging over him. David’s father committed suicide when he was just 10-years-old and his stepmother’s mother shot her husband before turning the gun on herself – a difficult subject that he covers in his bestselling books Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island.

Despite the emotional events he has faced in life, the prize-winning author believes that writing saved his life.

He will be reading from his work and talking about his experiences at a free event in the University’s Arts Centre on 4th December.

During the evening he will also be in conversation with fellow novelist Dr Rodge Glass of Edge Hill’s Creative Writing Department.

Rodge said: “David Vann is one of the most important writers currently at work in the western world – his books have had an international impact, and it’s a real privilege to welcome him to Edge Hill. He’s a real writer’s writer, so this event will be of great benefit to our students and to the local writing community. Also, David is a great reader of his work and an engaging speaker.”

Published in 18 languages, David Vann’s internationally-bestselling books have won 14 prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on 65 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. He has written for many leading publications all over the world, including the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire Russia, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Financial Times, National Geographic Adventure and McSweeney’s.

A former Guggenheim fellow, National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Wallace Stegner fellow and John L’Heureux fellow, he is now a Professor at Warwick University.

Award-winning writer Dr Rodge Glass recently joined Edge Hill University’s Creative Writing team and will be in conversation with David Vann during the event.

Born in Gatley, Greater Manchester, he attended an Orthodox Jewish Primary School and moved to Scotland aged 19 to study at Strathclyde University. He went on to Glasgow University where he was tutored by Alasdair Gray, one of the greatest cult Scottish writers and artists, before returning to work for the programme at Strathclyde in which he himself studied. He is the author of award-winning books No Fireworks, the Biography of Alasdair Gray, Dougie’s War and Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs. His is currently working on his next book, LoveSexTravelMusik, which will be published by Freight in May 2013.

Listen to the two writers in conversation at the Arts Centre on 4th December from 5.30pm. All are welcome but tickets must be booked in advance via The Arts Centre Box Office 01695 584480, [email protected], or directly via Rodge on [email protected]

Photography of David Vann supplied by Diana Matar.

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