In Conversation with Douglas Bruton - 27th March
Join us at Night Owl Books on Monday, 27th March at 7.30pm, when we'll be joined by author Douglas Bruton.
Purchase a copy of his new book, With or Without Angels (described by The Scotsman as a "work of seriousness, empathy and beauty") and receive a free ticket to our event - while spaces last!
Douglas will be joining us for a Q&A, followed by a book signing.
Select 'local collection' to pick up your copy from Night Owl. Alternatively please select a Royal Mail option, and I'll arrange for a copy to be shipped straight to you.
About the book:
‘A work of spare and brittle loveliness. With or Without Angels is a deeply moving depiction of art and the people who make it, at once visceral and restrained. I admired it enormously.’ — Nell Stevens, author of Briefly, A Delicious Life
The thought in my head does not yet have shape or form, only direction, one picture leading into another.
An ageing artist, faced with his own mortality, embarks on one final artwork. As he battles to complete the project, working with an enigmatic young photographer, he finds his past and present blurring. Through the act of creation and the memories it excavates, the artist comes to a realisation about what matters most, and what he will leave behind when he is gone.
This hybrid and innovative short novel responds through fiction to The New World, the final artwork by the late artist Alan Smith – which is in turn a response to an eighteenth-century fresco, Giandomenico Tiepolo’s Il Mondo Nuovo. With sparkling, dreamlike prose, Bruton weaves a story around these artworks, arriving at both a profound exploration of the creative process and a timeless love story told in a new way.
About the author:
Douglas Bruton is the author of Walter Scott Prize-longlisted Blue Postcards, a Fairlight Moderns novella published on 8 July 2021, and With or Without Angels, a short novel published on 16 February 2023.
Born in Edinburgh, Douglas spent most of his working life as an English and guidance teacher. Now retired, Douglas continues to reside in Scotland where he writes in his spare time. His writing has been published in various publications including Northwords Now, New Writing Scotland, Aestetica and The Irish Literary Review. His short stories have won competitions including Fish and The Neil Gunn Prize and he has had two novels published, The Chess Piece Magician and Mrs Winchester’s Gun Club.
Softcover, 112 pages, published 2023.
- Where will we be meeting?
The event will be held at Night Owl Books, 1 Bridge Street, East Linton, EH40 3AG.
- We'd like to attend as a couple and share a copy of the book - is that possible?
Of course! You can also purchase a ticket-only option (fully redeemable against book purchases on the night) here.
A note on Covid precautions: if you can, please take a lateral before attending, and if you feel unwell on the day, please err on the side of caution.