Supper Club with Lara Williams
Wednesday 3rd July 18:30 - 20:00 at Manchester - Deansgate
Join us for a discussion of a stunning new work in literary fiction, as Lara Williams and Helen Mort discuss the ins and outs of the dazzling novel Supper Club.
Twenty nine year old Roberta has spent her whole life hungry- until the day she invents Supper Club.
Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Women who are sick of bad men and bads ex, of hinted expectations to be thinner, smile more, talk less. So they gather at night to feast and drink and dance, seeking the answer to a simple question: if you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into?
This is a story about the hunger that never goes away. It is a story about friendship, food and female rage. Above all, it is about the people who make us who we are - who lead us astray and ultimately save us.
Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester. Her debut short story collection Treats was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Edinburgh First Book Award, the Saboteur Awards and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. It is published in the US as A Selfie as Big as the Ritz. Lara Williams has contributed to the Guardian, New Scientist, Times Literary Supplement, Debrief, Vice, Grazia, SomeSuch Stories, and many more.
Helen Mort’s novel Black Car Burning was published by Chatto & Windus in 2019. She is the author of two poetry collections, Division Street (2013) and No Map Could Show Them (2016) and her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and the Costa Prize. Her short stories Exire are published by Wrecking Ball. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
‘Supper Club is outrageously good – an exploration of female appetites and friendships that is dark, funny, and joyful. From the first page to the last, it's a delight’ – Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
'I ADORED Supper Club. I was HUNGRY for this book, and I know many other women will be too' – Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
‘Fantastic. Funny and incisive with some of the best food writing I’ve read.’ – Caroline O’Donoghue, author of Promising Young Women
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