7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
9th May, 2013
Novelist Adam Foulds, recently named as one of Granta’s Top 20 young British novelists, reads aloud from his novel ‘The Quickening Maze’, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.
Based on real events in 1840, the story centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare. After years struggling with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum – an institution run on reformist principles which would later become known as occupational therapy. At the same time another poet, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and becomes entangled in the life and catastrophic schemes of the asylum’s owner, the peculiar, charismatic Dr Matthew Allen.
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