Simon Mayo – A Sense of Place
Sunday 23 June 2019
10:30 – 11:30
Interstellar Ideas on the Green
A much loved radio presenter, Simon Mayo is also a hugely successful author whose book Confessions, based on the confessional segments of his radio shows was swiftly followed by his debut novel Itch – the debut children’s hardback of the year 2012, which was shortlisted for the National Book Awards, Northern Ireland Book Awards and long-listed for the UKLA Book Awards and the Carnegie Award for Children’s Book of the Year. Two sequels, Itch Rocks and Itchcraft followed, then in 2016 his Young Adult novel Blame was long-listed for the Carnegie Kate Greenaway award. Simon is also the co-presenter with Mark Kermode of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2008, Mayo was recognized as Radio Broadcaster of the Year at the 34th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and the Speech Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Simon will talk about how the spirit of place informs his writing, including his latest novel, Mad Blood Stirring which is set in Dartmoor, as well as his connections with East Anglia.