An Evening with Karen Powell

Thursday 6th June 2024
19:00 - 20:00 at Waterstones, London - Putney

An Evening with Karen Powell

We're thrilled to be joined by Karen Powell to discuss her latest novel Fifteen Wild Decembers, a creative reimagining of the life of Emily Bronte, which was shortlisted for the Nero book awards 2023. The evening will be chaired by Georgina Moore, author of The Garnett Girls.

Isolated from society, the Brontë children spend all their time inventing elaborate fictional realms or roaming the wild moors above their family home in Yorkshire. When the time comes for them to venture out into the world to earn a living, each of them struggles to adapt, but for Emily the change is catastrophic. Torn from the landscape she loves and no longer able to immerse herself in the fantastical world of Gondal that she and her younger sister Anne have created, she is simply unable to function.

As a child, Emily witnessed a rare natural phenomenon. After weeks of rain, the peaty soil on Crow Hill became so sodden that the earth exploded. Since then, her life has been dogged by tragedy and repeated failures. Her sisters are desperate to escape their unsatisfactory work as governesses and now the life of her brother Branwell, the hope of the family, is in turmoil. To the outside world, Emily appears taciturn, unexceptional; but beneath the surface her mind is in a creative ferment, ready to burst forth. As the pressure on her grows, another violent phenomenon is about to take place, one that will fuse her imaginary world of Gondal with the landscape Emily loves so passionately, and which will change the literary world forever.

“Wild and captivating, this takes us right to the heart of the Brontës’ story of creativity, sisterhood and survival.”
Samantha Ellis, author of How To Be a Heroine

“I was spellbound by this fictionalised portrait, brimming with the texture of the dank, wild hills of Yorkshire, the weight and power of grief, and the contentment to be found in daring to forge one’s own path in the world. Delightful and intriguing; each sentence is so sharp, so shining.”
Elizabeth Macneal, author of Circus of Wonders

Karen Powell was born in Rochester, Kent. She left school at 16 but returned to education as a mature student to study English Literature at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in North Yorkshire. An early draft of The River Within was awarded a Northern Writers’ TLC ‘New Fiction Reads’ prize, which seeks to support work-in-progress by new, emerging and established writers across the North of England.

Georgina Moore grew up in London and lives on a houseboat on the River Thames with her partner, two children and Bomber, the Border Terrier.   The Garnett Girls is her first novel and is set on the Isle of Wight, where Georgina and her family have a holiday houseboat called Sturdy. Georgina is working on her second novel, Walnut Tree Island, which will be published in 2025

London - Putney Waterstones, London - Putney
Thursday 6th June 2024
19:00 - 20:00
Book & Ticket: Fifteen Wild Decembers (PB) £12
General Admission £6 / Waterstones Plus Cardholder £4

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