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Scanlan & Stripe In Conversation

The Book Corner in Halifax are hosting an unmissible evening with authors Kathryn Scanlan and Adelle Stripe, in association with New Writing North and the Gordon Burn Prize on July 24th.

Kathryn Scanlan's Gordon Burn Prize-winning novel, Kick the Latch (Daunt Books, 2023), vividly captures the arc of one woman’s life at the racetrack – the flat land and ramshackle backstretch; the bad feelings and friction; the winner’s circle and the racetrack bar; the fancy suits and fancy boots; and the ‘particular language’ of ‘grooms, jockeys, trainers, racing secretaries, stewards, pony people, hotwalkers, everybody’ – with economy and integrity.

Kathryn Scanlan is the author of Kick the Latch andThe Dominant Animal and lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in NOON, Granta and the Paris Review. She has degrees in painting, writing and English from the University of Iowa and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her debut novel, AUG 9—FOG, a literary adaptation of a found diary, was published by FSG in 2019. She is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Literature.

Adelle Stripe is the author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, a fictional biography based on the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar, and the recent Sunday Times bestseller, Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure. Her books have been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, Portico Prize for Literature and the Penderyn Music Book Prize. As a journalist, she has contributed to The Quietus, Yorkshire Post, Record Collector, New Statesman and many more. She is an Anthony Burgess Fellow at the University of Manchester. Base Notes: The Scents of a Life, her forthcoming memoir, will be published by White Rabbit in February 2025.


The event takes place on Weds 24 July 2024 at the Book Corner (Halifax Piece Hall) from 18:30. Tickets can be ordered via eventbrite.


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