Author Louise Beech will launch her third novel in the city today, writes Thomas Barrie.
The Hull-born writer will be appearing at Waterstones to answer questions about her new book ‘Maria in the Moon’, with Hull Kingston Radio presenter Fiona Mills leading proceedings.
The event, which is free and available to the public, will also see Hull singer/songwriter Carrie Martin perform her accompanying single to the book:
Geoff Porter, a Waterstones’ employee said:
“We are delighted to be hosting this book launch. Louise Beech is one of the great literary talents from Hull, and it’s fantastic that she has chosen to showcase her new book in the heart of the city that inspires so much of her work.”
‘Maria in the Moon’ is described as ‘dark, poignant and deeply moving’ by critics, but it’s the setting of the novel that strikes a particular chord with the writer.
Louise Beech said:
“Hull is my home, and like people from the city I experienced the floods in 2007. We were hit hard. 35,000 people were affected by the downpour of rain on the 25th June, and more than 10,000 homes were evacuated.
“It was described as the ‘the forgotten city’ by people, as the disaster didn’t receive much national coverage. I hope that delving into this period in my book will help recognise the people who were effected.”
The story follows the story of Catherine Hope, a character who’s lost her home in the deluge and thus volunteers at ‘Flood Crisis’. It follows her own personal experience of working at the Samaritans in Hull, an experience that shaped her outlook on the city.
Mrs Beech continued:
“Look around. See the pretty marina, the old town, the Maritime Museum, the Deep. Even before we were named the City of Culture 2017, we have charm, grit, and plenty of history.”
The book is another foray into fiction writing for the author. Take a look at her career so far in the build up to this anticipated release.
The event commences at 6.30pm, at the Waterstone’s store on Jameson Street.