Mr Books hosts talk with ‘Five Rivers’ author Norris

The literary event will be held at the Old Fire Station on Sunday, September 8 from 6-9pm.

Mr Norris, 32, was born in Sussex and is currently the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford.

His first performed play, Visitors, won the Critics’ Circle award and Offwestend prize for Most Promising Playwright.

His debut novel Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, published in 2016 and set in Salisbury where he grew up, was a bestseller.

He is also the artistic co-director of the theatre company Up In Arms and has performed at the Royal Court and the Bush theatre.

He learned his writing craft under the guidance of leading figures such as poets Bernard O’Donoghue and Andrew Motion, producer Thelma Holt and playwrights Peter Gill and David Hare.

Mr Norris will be talking to Philip Holden about his latest novel, The Vanishing Hours, published by Doubleday last month.

It tells the story of two strangers who meet by chance in a hotel bar in a quiet English town and share their stories.

Tickets cost £12 in advance including a copy of The Vanishing Hours or £7 without the book, and £10 on the day.

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