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Literary Salon Series ‘Advent’ Jane Fraser in conversation with Alan Bilton
February 11 @ 19:00 - 20:00
Winter, 1904, and feisty twenty-one-year-old Ellen has been summoned back from her new life in Hoboken, New Jersey, to the family farm on windswept Gower, in a last bid to prevent the impending death of her alcoholic father. On her return, she finds the family in disarray. Ailing William is gambling away large swathes of Thomas land; frustrated Eleanor is mourning the husband she once knew; and Ellen’s younger twin brothers face difficult choices. Ellen, tasked with putting her family’s lives in order, finds herself battling one impossible decision after another. Resourceful, passionate, and forthright, can she remain in Gower, where being female still brings with it so many limitations? Can she endure being so close to her lost love? Will she choose home and duty, or excitement and opportunity across the Atlantic?
About the Author
Jane Fraser lives, work and writes in the Gower peninsula, south Wales, in a house facing the sea. Her first collection of short fiction, ‘The South Westerlies’ was published by SALT in 2019. Her debut novel, ‘Advent’ is forthcoming from HONNO, the UK’s longest-standing independent women’s press, in January 2021. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Manchester Fiction Prize; and in 2018 a prize winner in the Fish Memoir Prize’. She is an alumni of Swansea University with an MA (distinction) and PhD in Creative Writing. She was a Hay Festival Writer at Work in 2018 and 2019. She is grandmother to Megan, Florence and Alice.